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GLOSSARY

Deutsche Blumen ("German flowers")

Deutsche Blumen

Around the mid 18th century a new type of flowers became common on Chinese export porcelain that were were no longer the traditional Chinese, for example "flowers of the season", and thus carried no meaning to the Chinese.

Painted naturalistic flowers, single or in bunches, used as porcelain decoration at Meissen in the mid-18th century.

Around the mid 18th century a new type of flowers became common on Chinese export porcelain. It is generally assumed that these flowers were copied from German Meissen porcelain decorations. However other sources could have been used the point is that the flowers in the decorations were no longer the traditional Chinese, for example "flowers of the season", and thus carried no meaning to the Chinese. Since there were no homonyms to these flowers, they could also not be read out as rebuses which were otherwise common or maybe even the norm.