Exceptional antique Meissen Saxony secretary porcelain set circa 1920-1934. Title Purple Indian Empire, this one of a kind porcelain set contain; two teacups and saucers, two inkwells, one ink blotter and support tray. The whole porcelain set is decorated with delicately hand painted oriental purple flowers and 24k gold trimmings. The Meissen markings are on every pieces even the ink blotter.
The teacups are 5 cm high with 6 cm of diameter and the saucers have 10,5 cm of diameter.
The inkwells are 7 cm high, 8,5 cm long and 8,5 cm large.
The ink blotter is 9 cm high, 16 cm long and 8 cm large.
The support tray is 27,5 cm long and 19 cm large.
Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, founded the Royal Saxon Porcelain Manufactory in Albrechtsburg, Meissen in 1710. Johann Friedrich Bottger, an alchemist and Tschirnhaus, a nobleman, experimented with kaolin from the Dresden area to produce porcelain. By 1720, the factory produced a whiter hard-past porcelain than that from the Far East. The Meissen factory experienced its golden age from the 1730s to the 1750s. By the 1730s, Meissen employed nearly 100 workers. It became known for its porcelain sculptures Meissen dinnerware also won acclaim.
The Meissen factory was destroyed and looted by the forces of Frederick the Great during the Seven Years' War (1756-1763). It was reopened but never achieved its former greatness. By the early 1800s, Meissen's popularity began to wane. In the 19th century, the factory reissued some of its earlier forms. Many marks were used by the Meissen factory. The famous crossed swords mark was adopted in 1724.