Just two years later, Böttger figured out a formula for hard-paste porcelain, which he produced beginning in 1710 in Meissen.
By the middle of the 18th century, figures styled after Italian commedia dell'arte characters were common, and by the end of the 18th century, faience was out and Dresden-decorated, Meissen-made porcelain was in.
With all the beautiful old buildings gathered along the Elbe River it’s picturesque as well as awe-inspiring.
In 1945 the Frauenkirche was burnt down together with a big part of Dresden by vast carpet bombing raids.
By the beginning of the 19th century, many of the original German china factories had ceased production.
The toughness, strength, and translucence of porcelain, relative to other types of pottery, arises mainly from vitrification and the formation of the mineral mullite within the body at these high temperatures.
Porcelain slowly evolved in China and was finally achieved (depending on the definition used) at some point about 2,000 and 1,200 years ago, then slowly spread to other East Asian countries, and finally Europe and the rest of the world.
After large kaolin deposits were discovered in the area of Selb, Bavaria, a new chapter in the history of German porcelain factories began.
Dresden figurines draw their inspiration from the ones made a couple of dozen kilometers down the Elbe River in Meissen.