The magic of Meissen at Asprey
A new collection alive with whimsical creatures and colourful characters
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