An incredible set of 305(!) pieces of Zwiebelmuster porcelain tableware, manufactured by Meissen in Germany and Original Bohemia in the Czech Republic between 1885 and 1992.
This incredibly large set was the personal collection of a Lady in Czech who collected quality tableware with the famous Zwiebelmuster pattern. They are made of the highest quality white porcelain, hand painted in blue with a truly impressive eye for detail. One of the plates shows the collection of brands and years that can all be found on the back of the other pieces, so the manufacturer and date of each piece can be retrieved. Most pieces are produced by Original Bohemia in Czech, but the set also contains pieces by Meissen, Germany produced in the 1800s. This incredible collection is a once in a lifetime find. Each of these amazing pieces is made of high quality porcelain with the Zwiebelmuster (Blue Onion) pattern.
A brief history: While modeled closely after a pattern first produced by Chinese porcelain painters, which featured pomegranates unfamiliar in Saxony, the plates and bowls produced in the Meissen factory in 1740 adopted a feel that was distinctly their own. Among the earliest Chinese examples are underglaze blue and white porcelains of the early Ming Dynasty. The Meissen painters created hybrids that resembled flora more familiar to Europeans. The so-called “onions” are not onions at all, but, according to historians, are most likely mutations of the peaches and pomegranates modeled on the original Chinese pattern. The whole design is an ingeniously conceived grouping of several floral motifs with stylized peonies and asters in the pattern’s center, the stems of which wind in flowing curves around a bamboo stalk.
The set remains in very good vintage condition with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.