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This is the history of the pomegranate to onion pattern:

"The Meissen blue onion pattern known in Germany as the Zwiebelmuster pattern was also called the "bulb" pattern. In the original pattern on the Chinese bowl, the bulbs or fruits around the edge of the porcelain piece were not onions, but peaches or pomegranates...As the pomegranates were not a common fruit in Germany, the fruits were changed to represent something more familiar in 1740. As the painting of these fruits was difficult, the fruits started to look like onions...the Meissen blue onion pattern has been a very popular pattern for almost three hundred years."


What an amusing bit of porcelain history connecting these two cultures together. Meissen is the first manufacturer to discover Europe's first porcelain formula, as China previously held that secret for a thousand years prior. In Chinese, the word for fruit seed is pronounced "zi." It is also phoenetically the word for son, and so pomegranates and peaches represent fertility and bloodline. 


Glossy white glaze with hand painted blue onion patterns, and gold luster accents. 

Royal Teacup No.1

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