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Royal Red Dragon Bowl

This is a rare porcelain small serving or waste bowl made by Meissen in the 19th century. It is handpainted with the superb red Ming dragon design called Hofdrachen (court dragon) 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 and a serving piece like this would have touched countless important people during this period! The pieces made for the royal court are rare and they are rarely in great condition like this! The piece is handpainted with two red and gold dragons on the outside with two nice designs between them and two red and gold chicken / rooster looking creatures on the inside which off course are supposed to be phoenixes :) Apparentlyt heir model for these birds was a bit off! This piece is in perfect condition with just a tad of wear to the inside and the gold edge on the rim. The dish is 2.625 inches tall and 6.125 inches in diameter. It is marked underneath with the underglaze blue crossed swords as well as the usual impressed numbers of the period. It has the black writing for the royal kitchen underneath - K. which stands for Koenigliche and Hof-Wirtschaft . Please email me for more information or other pictures.

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