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MEISSEN occupies a unique position amongst porcelain makers worldwide. As the oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe, founded in 1710 by King Augustus the Strong, the dining services, sculptures and objects created by Meissen have been trailblazing since the very beginning. The manufactory's worldwide renown is rooted in artisanal expertise and centuries of artistic tradition, beginning from Meissen’s Baroque period, which laid the foundation for a design language for European porcelain, iconic floral painting and the “Onion Pattern”, all the way to the new animal sculptures of the 1920s. In every era, the Meissen manufactory gave rise to some the most significant porcelain artists of the time, whose masterpieces both then and now are produced entirely by hand. Their works reflect not only the great variety of artistic epochs, but also the boundless creativity and curiosity that continues to stoke the creations in Meissen Triebischtal to this day.