Open House Day at the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory

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Once a year, the manufactory opens its doors to welcome visitors, who can visit numerous work areas to experience how Meissen porcelain is created in the hands of in-house artisans. Admission is free.

on 24. April 2020, 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.

on 25. April 2020, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Once a year, the production facility in Triebischtal opens its doors to give visitors, allowing them to experience the venerable craft through which each piece of Meissen porcelain comes to be.

A stroll through the manufactory’s mould archive – the oldest and most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world with some 700.000 historic moulds – provides a glimpse into the multifaceted artistic legacy of Europe’s oldest porcelain manufactory over the past 300 years. Every piece bearing the Meissen name can trace its roots back to this rich repository. 

A peek over the shoulders of the manufactory’s porcelain painters reveals the abundant variety of Meissen decorative styles. From classic buds and blossoms to chinoiserie, the famed “Onion Patter” or figurine artwork, the Meissen porcelain painters are always specialized on one area of the manufactory’s stylistic repertoire. Only the most experienced painters are entrusted with the “Limited Masterworks” – exceptional standouts in the world of porcelain design.

Next, visitors can see how artisans enhance and polish figural details on each piece after they emerge from the moulds – the task of the luting shop. This stage of the production is also when sculptural decorations are created, such as the famed “Snowball Blossoms” or the richly detailed reliefs of the Baroque “Swan Service”.

The manufactory’s firing hall is the last stop for all Meissen porcelain pieces, whether they be figurines, sculptures, or items in a dining service. In addition to the groundbreaking formulation of porcelain paste, the worldwide renown of Meissen porcelain was also the result of the manufactory's significant advances in firing technique. It is for this renown that the two Crossed Swords have proudly stood since 1722 – as Europe’s oldest trademark – and are still applied by hand to this day in cobalt blue.  

Especially for the Open House Day, the Museum of the Meissen Porcelain Foundation offers expert tours through the permanent collection, as well as any current special exhibitions.

Visitors to the MEISSEN Store can take advantage of special promotions on new product ranges as well as reduced prices on warehouse stock of both top-quality and second-quality grading.

An ample range of culinary options, including wines from regional vintners, live music, and an entertainment program for children round out the day's offerings.

 

Entry to the production areas on both days is free of charge. 

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Once a year, the manufactory opens its doors to welcome visitors, who can visit numerous work areas to experience how Meissen porcelain is created in the hands of in-house artisans. Admission is free.

on 24. April 2020, 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.

on 25. April 2020, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First Date 2020-04-24 10:00:00
Last Date 2020-04-25 08:00:00
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