The magic of Meis­sen at Asprey

A new col­lec­tion alive with whim­si­cal crea­tures and colour­ful char­ac­ters

Country Life Every Week - - Interiors -

TO­DAY, Meis­sen may be the re­sult of a 300-year-old tra­di­tion of crafts­man­ship, de­sign and artis­tic en­deav­our, but the dis­tinc­tive style of its highly prized pieces con­tin­ues to evolve. Most re­cently, this has in­cluded an ex­cit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with Asprey, the iconic house that dates back to 1781—lit­tle more than 70 years af­ter Meis­sen was founded at Al­brecht­burg Cas­tle, in the Ger­man town af­ter which it takes its name. Asprey is renowned for hand­made lux­ury goods of the high­est qual­ity, un­ri­valled crafts­man­ship and in­no­va­tive de­sign.

The new Meis­sen for Asprey Col­lec­tion

The cen­tre­piece of this ex­tra­or­di­nary new col­lec­tion is a re-imag­in­ing of Meis­sen’s Mon­key Or­ches­tra. These 21 whim­si­cal fig­urines were cre­ated in 1753 and have been in con­tin­u­ous pro­duc­tion ever since—among the col­lec­tion’s fans was Madame de Pom­padour, mis­tress of Louis XV. Asprey artis­tic di­rec­tor Hakan Rose­nius worked with Meis­sen to cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion of mod­ern col­lec­tors’ items. For the first time, Meis­sen her­itage pat­terns have been ap­plied to 18th-cen­tury fig­urines, cho­sen from 6,000 in the col­lec­tion. Painstak­ingly painted by hand at Meis­sen’s his­toric fac­tory in Dres­den, they in­clude char­ac­ters that will res­onate with col­lec­tors of Meis­sen the world over— a drum­mer, piper, songstress, clar­inet­tist and a con­duc­tor painted in the style of Wat­teau.

Crafts­man­ship and in­no­va­tion

Other dis­tinc­tive items that are the re­sult of the col­lab­o­ra­tion marry time-hon­oured crafts­man­ship with ex­cit­ing and in­no­va­tive de­signs. A cross­hatched place set­ting, vases and other ob­jets are ex­quis­ite ex­am­ples of beau­ti­ful porce­lain that have been hand­painted with but­ter­flies and botan­i­cal il­lus­tra­tions.

Each item bears both the Meis­sen and Asprey stamps that make them so highly sought-af­ter. For the col­lec­tor, these pieces are ex­am­ples of Europe’s liv­ing tra­di­tion of crafts­man­ship. ‘Meis­sen were the per­fect match with our own tal­ent and sen­si­bil­ity and share a sim­i­lary his­tory—their ar­chives are a con­stant source of in­spi­ra­tion,’ says Hakan Rose­nius of Asprey.

These char­ac­ters will res­onate with col­lec­tors of Meis­sen the world over

Asprey Edi­tion Mon­key Or­ches­tra Col­lec­tion in hand­painted porce­lain, from £435

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