Not many people know that Meissen China, the first European hard-paste china was developed by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus from the year 1708. This china is indeed a work of art, with intricate hand-painted patterns. In fact, many pieces are individually hand-made for customers and connoisseurs, and Queen Elizabeth II received a Meissen porcelain chocolate pot and stand as a wedding gift. What most people don’t understand is that this china isn’t an overnight process, but rather a process of refinement that takes place over months. The raw material for Meissen China is produced by modellers who have had years of training. See beautiful porcelain on display at The Frick in New York, known for its exceptional examples of European sculpture and decorative arts. These spectacular creations fetch some astonishing prices at international auctions and are quite hard to come by. Today you can go onto e-commerce sites for fine art and antiques and get your hands on this beautiful European hard-paste porcelain.