In some contexts, it refers to the hard-paste ceramic wares produced by the workshops that sprang up in and around the Saxon capital in the 19th century. It is true that the cities of Dresden and Meissen are connected through their long, shared history of decorative arts production and, in fact, most Meissen porcelain was sold in Dresden, the artistic and cultural center of Saxony. However, Meissen is the site of the factory that produced the first European porcelain, at the turn of the 18th century, while Dresden did not come into prominence until the midth century, during the high point of the Rococo revival. And while Meissen is known for manufacturing porcelain, from clay models through finished product, Dresden is celebrated for its decorating studios, of which there were several dozen in and around the city during the 19th century. The figurines, plates and vases produced during the 19th century via this complex process remain appealing to this day, their bright hues and pastoral imagery typical of the Rococo revival, which brought scrollwork, shells, foliage, flowers and fruit back into vogue after decades of restrained Neo-Classicism and austere Gothic Revival design.
The clock has a magnificent wall bracket which adds style to this already very decorative piece. There is a mark of Reine Handarbeit who was one of the Dresden pottery makers. The clock is flanked by a number of multi-colour flowers. Beautifully crafted, the attention to detail is truly fantastic. There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is sure to be cherished by any admirer of ornamental porcelain. Bottger instead discovered the method of creating porcelain, a favored and valuable item in the king's eyes.