A Meissen Porcelain Opera Cane. Germany, circa 1880
The milord handle is 5,5 cm high x 3, cm diameter, depicting three surfaces decorated each one with different bouquets, it are extraordinarily delineated and hand painted with vibrant colors, great detail and finished with high skills. Each surface is delimited with gold strokes in baroque style, there is another bouquet on the terrace. It is on top of a great and slender Fully-bark malacca shaft which is ending with an ivory tip. The O.L. is 94 cm. With no chips or cracks or wear out in the colours only a little in the gold, the condition is perfect.
This cane was made to be showed only in special occasions.
Meissen porcelain or Meissen china is the first European hard-paste porcelain. It was developed starting in 1708 by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus. The production of porcelain at Meissen, near Dresden, started in 1710 and attracted artists and artisans to establish one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers, still in business today as Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH. Its signature logo, the crossed swords, was introduced in 1720 to protect its production; the mark of the crossed swords is one of the oldest trademarks in existence. It dominated the style of European porcelain until 1756. * Wikipedia.