Porcelain gem to go on display in the great hall

The finer detail: Sven Habermann, cleaning the historical Meissen porcelain vase,in the research and archival rooms of Muckross House.
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

A truly painstaking task of cleaning and maintaining a stunning and unique porcelain vase, made by the most famous manufacturer in the world, is underway at Muckross House in Killarney.

Conservator Sven Habermann is tending to the historical Meissen vase in the research and archival rooms and the fine detail of his craftsmanship would have to be seen up close to be believed.

When his work is finished, the vase, from the most famous porcelain manufacturer known throughout the world, will again have pride of place in the great hall of Muckross House in Killarney National Park.

When Sven’s work is finished, the vase will have pride of place

Sven manages Conservation, Letterfrack in Connemara, Co Galway and he is an accredited conservator who develops and leads conservation and restoration projects that cover a wide range of projects and objects.

Meissen porcelain is known for figures in period costumes, portrait plates, heavily decorated vases with ornamental flowers, animals, Baroque saints and watch dials.

Decorative motifs include gold applied to the fired porcelain body, multi-colored enameling, and the characteristic Meissen deep blue coloration.

In the 1800s and 1900s, Meissen remained committed to the production of porcelain made of quality materials with exquisite motifs that ultimately made the firm famous centuries before.

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