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A city in eastern Germany, in Saxony, on the River Elbe north-west of Dresden; population 28,100 (est. 2006). It is famous for its porcelain.
[mass noun] Fine hard-paste porcelain produced in Meissen since 1710, in Britain often called Dresden china.
- ‘The Porcelain Collection in Zwinger houses the biggest and the most complete Meissen porcelain collection in the world.’
- ‘Peering out from the stand of Brian Haughton Antiques will be a fine pair of Meissen hares modelled around 1750 by the inimitable J.J. Kandler.’
- ‘In song, he has the fragility of Meissen china and the force of steel.’
- ‘His finest pieces of Meissen and Chelsea porcelain were displayed in the Front Drawing Room, lesser pieces in the rear room and so on.’
- ‘There is a loan exhibition of Meissen porcelain from the British Museum in London entitled The Glory of Saxony.’
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