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“Repairers”

the parts of a porcelain figure
the parts of a porcelain figure

Meissen porcelain figures are made up of a large number of individual parts as a function of their size. Repairers go over each of them, removing seams, modelling fingernails or curls, and luting them together with the aid of liquid porcelain paste known as “slip”.

 

a flower being hand-moulded
a flower being hand-moulded

Small decorative features such as leaves and flower-heads are completely hand-moulded. Tiny petals are, as it were, modelled with the repairer’s “fingerprint”, the lines on his or her fingers creating the leaves’ veins. Sprigged tendrils or fully sculpted flowers are produced in this way, each of them unique.

 

 

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