Six antique Meissen ''Blue Onion'' lunch plates in hand painted porcelain, early 20th century. Measures: 21 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.