The 'Blue Onion' pattern made famous by Meissen was produced by many other fine German companies with subtle pattern variations.
The "onion" pattern was originally named "bulb" pattern. While modeled closely after a pattern first produced by Chinese porcelain painters, which featured pomegranates unfamiliar in Saxony, the plates and bowls produced in the Meissen factory in 1740 adopted a feel that was distinctly their own. The Meissen painters created hybrids that resembled flora more familiar to Europeans. The so-called "onions" are not onions at all, but, according to historians, are most likely mutations of the peaches and pomegranates modeled on the original Chinese pattern. The whole design is an ingeniously conceived grouping of several floral motifs with stylized peonies and asters in the pattern's center, the stems of which wind in flowing curves around a bamboo stalk.
This wonderful porcelain, wood handled rolling pin is decorated with a variant of the blue onion pattern in cobalt blue, circa 1920's. The overall length is 16" with lovely carved wood handles. The porcelain roller is 6 5/8" in length. The item is unmarked as to the maker which was common for the rolling pins. There are no cracks, chips or repairs: nick on edge of one end of roller that shows minor wear from use.
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