1. Meissen Porcelain Figural Cane-Ca. 1850-Large porcelain handle modeled in the 18th Century Baroque taste with an ergonomically shaped hand rest dominated by a lady’s head. While the head with a knotted scarf shows a magnificent face under a black lace veil, the white body of the handle is painted in crisp colors with a genre scene showing a gallant pair in an idyllic river landscape in the taste of Boucher. Furthermore, one can see two matching flower compositions on the stem and extensive and raised, gold scrolls framing. The handle is signed for Meissen with the legendary two blue crossed swords and survived in mint condition with its entire original spark. It is registered to have been first modeled at the end of the 19th century, manufactured for a short span of less than 20 years and comes on a well-dressed malacca shaft tipped with a long horn ferrule. Best-ever porcelain art is on display here and a dream to wear or add to a displayed collection. -H 5” x 3”, O.L. 38 ¾” -$1,400-$1,800-Meissen porcelain is the first European porcelain. It was successfully produced in a trial firing in 1708 by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus. However after his untimely death Johann Friedrich Böttger, who continued his work, has often been credited with the invention. The Meissen production of porcelain started in 1710 and attracted artists and artisans to establish one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers, still in business as Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH. Its signature logo, the crossed blue sword marks of the arms of Saxony, was introduced in 1720 to protect its production and is one of the oldest trademarks in existence.