MEISSEN occupies a unique position among porcelain manufacturers worldwide. As the oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe, founded in 1710 by King Augustus the Strong, the dinner services, sculptures and objects created in Meissen have been pioneering from the very beginning. The Manufacture's worldwide renown is rooted in craftsmanship expertise and centuries of artistic tradition, from the Meissen Baroque period, which laid the foundations for the design language of European porcelain, the iconic floral painting and the "onion pattern", to the new animal sculptures of the 1920s. In each era, the Meissen Manufactory gave rise to the most important porcelain artists of their time, whose masterpieces, then and now, are created entirely by hand. Their works reflect not only the great diversity of artistic eras, but also the boundless creativity and curiosity that still fuels the work in Meissen's Triebischtal today.