Eight antique Meissen ''Blue Onion'' plates in hand-painted porcelain. Early 20th century. Measures: 16 cm. Stamped. In very good condition. 2nd factory quality. The Meissen ''onion'' pattern was originally named the ''bulb'' pattern. While modelled closely after a pattern first produced by Chinese porcelain painters, which featured pomegranates unfamiliar in Saxony, the plates and bowls produced in the Meissen factory in 1740 adopted a feel that was distinctly their own.