One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A city in eastern Germany, the capital of Saxony, on the River Elbe; population 504,800 (est. 2006). Famous for its baroque architecture, it was almost totally destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945.
Porcelain ware with elaborate decoration and delicate colourings, made originally at Dresden and (since 1710) at nearby Meissen.as modifier ‘a mantel filled with Dresden figures’‘a fine Dresden china cup’
- ‘The somewhat dusty display case was an inadequate mirror, holding a Dresden tea caddy crammed with antique ink bottles and salt-and-pepper shakers, but he could make out enough of his reflection to realize Al was right.’
- ‘Bookcases line the walls, a fire crackles in the fireplace, Victorian portraits hang on the walls, Dresden china and bric-a-brac clutter the mantelpiece.’
- ‘The Maltese is blessed with a hardy constitution, and even though this breed is small, it does not have to be treated like Dresden china.’
- ‘She shot her a grateful half-smile and descended on their boss with a Dresden china cup.’
- ‘Purled off with accuracy and ease, it came closer to the ‘Dresden china’ approach than I should have liked.’
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