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Royal Ming Dragon Plate

This is a rare porcelain plate made by Meissen in 1913. It is handpainted with the superb red Ming dragon design that was until 1918 exclusively made for the Saxon Royal Court. In the Chinese culture the red dragon symbolizes prosperity, power and good feng-shui. Thus all pieces before 1918 were used by royalty especially the ones in the 18th century since they were fewer of them then. The more modern ones like this plate were even labeled as such as can be seen here. Many pieces were made over almost 200 years but rarely does one see one for sale in good condition. This piece is in good condition with just a short hairline to the rim. The plate is nicely reticulated and has three cartouches of the red and gold dragon on the rim and the fighting roosters in the center. The plate is just under 1.5 inches tall and 9.5 inches in diameter. It is marked underneath with the underglaze blue crossed swords as well as impressed numbers 64 and 72 and a stretched out X looking mark that's hard to see. It has the black writing for the royal kitchen underneath - Koenigliche Hofwirtschaft 1913. Please email me for more information or other pictures.

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