Blue Danube which is made in Japan, is an interpretation of the renowned ‘Zwiebel’ or ‘Onion’ pattern, originally from the Meissen porcelain factory in Germany. In 1710, Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, established Europe’s first porcelain manufactory in Meissen, a city of modern-day Germany. The artist Kandler , working for the Meissen factory, created the ‘Blue Onion’ pattern in 1734, inspired by a similar Chinese pattern fashioned during the Yang dynasty (1260-1368 A.D.).
The design is a skilfully conceived grouping of several floral motifs. In the centre of the pattern you will find stylised peonies and asters and stems which curve around a bamboo stalk.
Blue Danube has many of the shapes from the original Meissen articles. This, together with the motif, makes the product a genuine evergreen, whose style will never age. It is truly a product of the past, present and future.
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