Meissen two-handled tray [Harper 215]
The first factory to make true hard-paste porcelain like the Chinese was that at Meissen near Dresden in Germany in 1708. The Dunimarle Collection, on display at Duff House, has a very fine tray from the Meissen factory, painted with characteristic flowers, dating to the mid-18th century. It is marked with the famous ‘crossed sword’ mark, taken from the royal coat of arms, in underglaze blue. From the Dunimarle Collection. On loan from The Mrs Magdalene Sharpe Erskine Trust.