11. Meissen Porcelain Cane -Ca. 1880 -Cylindrical porcelain knob finely painted with two large panels of flower arrangements on the side and a smaller third one in the same taste on the top. The panels are framed by raised gold moriage, show the painterly Meissen style of flowers with greater emphasis on light and shadow and the typical crisp colors in a wide range varied palette, which made the fame of the world renowned manufacture. The knob is signed by the crossed blue swords of the arms of Saxony which have been used as the Meissen trademark since 1722, follows the strict quality control and traditional artisanship that are associated with the brand and comes on an ebony shaft and a gilt metal collar. Privileged in terms of materials and workmanship, this cane is representative for a period where porcelain was reserved to the very few, it is superbly preserved in unrestored original condition and with its entire luster. -H. 2 ¼” x 1”, O.L. 32 ¾” -$1,000-$1,500 -Meissen porcelain is the first European porcelain. It was successfully produced in a trial firing in 1708 by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus. However after his untimely death Johann Friedrich Böttger, who continued his work, has often been credited with the invention. The Meissen production of porcelain started in 1710 and attracted artists and artisans to establish one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers, still in business as Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH. Its signature logo, the crossed blue sword marks of the arms of Saxony, was introduced in 1720 to protect its production and is one of the oldest trademarks in existence.