Manufactory Meissen Manufactory German
Factory director Böttger Period
Not on view
This vase was one of the first pieces produced at Meissen after alchemists Johann Frederick Böttger and Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus succeeded in developing a European alternative to Chinese porcelain. European aristocracy had long supported attempts to make porcelain domestically. By the eighteenth century, Carl Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, had asserted that maintaining a porcelain factory was "a necessary attribute of the glory and dignity of a prince."
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