In 1710 the Meissen factory was the first in Europe to produce porcelain, and the earliest decoration tended to imitate oriental porcelain styles, in this case Japanese kakiemon wares. Gradually the factory switched to European styles of decoration. Here, the kakiemon style is interpreted in typical colors as scattered sprigs of prunus, peonies and pomegranate. The plate also has the rare feature of a molded relief pattern of scrolling peony flowers and branches on the wide rim. This particular relief pattern was created by Meissen's greatest artist, Johann Joachim Kandler, in late 1731 for a service ordered by the Saxon Court Chamberlain, General Heinrich Graf von Friesen (1681-1739), and the design is mentioned in Kandler’s work records until 1736. Very rare and desirable, it is eight and three-quarters inches in diameter, in near perfect condition with only slight wear to the enamels. The early Meissen crossed swords mark is on the back. Kandler's notes indicate that the relief pattern should remain unpainted (Ruckert 1966). The same relief was used on the service with the arms of King Fredrik I of Sweden, a gift from Augustus III in 1734 (Ljungström 2007), and on a service decorated with a phoenix in flight and scattered oriental flowers (tureen illustrated by Ruckert 1996).
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