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The Swan Service
It is the most spectacular testimony to a dazzling bygone era, the opus magnum of German Baroque art: the 'Swan Service' by Johanna Joachum Kaendler.
The service of the century took five years to complete, never before had a set of this size and with such rich sculptural detail been created. The original service, designed for 100 people, comprised more than 2200 pieces. The pair of eponymous birds, swimming among the reeds, appear in relief in porcelain, for which Kaendler was inspired by drawings and etchings in the collections of the nearby capital and royal seat of Dresden.
"Meissen's 'Swan Service' brings the style and grandeur of the Baroque banquet table into the present, a page from the illustrious tradition of Europe's oldest porcelain manufacturer.
The central motif of the large 'swan service' is rippling water, symbolising the eternal source of life.
Still formed and hand-painted in the Meissen manufactory.
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