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Established by Christian Andreas Speck in 1790 in Blankenheim, Germany, with a debut exhibition at the Leipzig Fair, Weimar Porzellan remains a stalwart in the elegant production of “white gold”. Even the great poet and privy councellor Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lauded the fine china when he remarked in a letter to Mrs. von Stein: “… The porcelain is very fine, better than what they make not far from here and yet it sells for a better price.”
200 years strong, the porcelain series channels the atavistic tendencies of the Weimar Court albeit in a contemporary approach. Belvedere Castle in particular is a nod to French classicism and the hegemonic influence of Napoleon. The baroque form Katharina influenced by the historical trail connecting the Weimar Ducal household to that of the Russian Czar was especially commended. Named after Empress Katharina II, the ornate baroque Katharina Series truly conjures up a table fit for a king. The renowned ornament "Rose of Weimar" references the cultural city of Weimar, the residence of Mrs. von Stein, who extolled the simple beauty of the roses she planted in her garden. Therefore the decor "Rose of Weimar" is a romantic sonnet in ode to the Weimar gardens. Weimar is also the unequivocal birthplace of the Bauhaus movement spearheaded by Walter Gropius. Elements of this modern design movement have also been integrated into the current catalogue of Weimar Porzellan designs and ornaments.
Always representing the “three qualities” of fine china which fascinated Johann Friedrich Böttger, the inventor of porcelain: "At first there is its beauty, secondly its rarity, and finally its functionality associated with both," to this day, Weimar Porzellan still carries out traditional finishing techniques by hand, such as the valuable cobalt painting of staffage (human and animal figures) or the distinguished stamp techniques that no machine can reproduce. For the decoration each porcelain painter uses a spatula to mix powdered pigments and essential oils such as turpentine or the oil of cloves to create the required colour. Gilding is done using only the very finest real 24 carat gold which is polished by hand using special fibre brushes to produce a mirror-like finish after the decorative glost.