A city in eastern Germany, in Saxony, on the River Elbe north-west of Dresden; population 28,100 (est. 2006). It is famous for its porcelain.
Fine hard-paste porcelain produced in Meissen since 1710, in Britain often called Dresden china.‘His finest pieces of Meissen and Chelsea porcelain were displayed in the Front Drawing Room, lesser pieces in the rear room and so on.’
- ‘There is a loan exhibition of Meissen porcelain from the British Museum in London entitled The Glory of Saxony.’
- ‘The Porcelain Collection in Zwinger houses the biggest and the most complete Meissen porcelain collection in the world.’
- ‘Peering out from the stand of Brian Haughton Antiques will be a fine pair of Meissen hares modelled around 1750 by the inimitable J.J. Kandler.’
- ‘In song, he has the fragility of Meissen china and the force of steel.’
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