detail of front caryatids
It's also the name of my 'good' china pattern by Rosenthal! I love this china because even though rosenthal has been making it for years, I have it in plain white. It's a great counterpart to the elaborate rococo tracery around the edge ( based on the main salon in Sanssouci) . A little modern ( white ) and a little old-fashioned -it's the Phillipe Starck of china patterns! Food also looks great against plain white porcelian. I'm sorry, no offense to anyone who has hot pink china with bright green polka dots. I'm sure thats beautiful too but nothing shows off food like pure white in my opinion. Plus if I didn't have this pattern in pure white it would look like someone's grandma's china!!service for 12
I visited Sans souci when I was a German exchange student in HS and remember being blown away. Both by the ornate palace itself but also by all the very unique buildings scattered around it and the beautiful gardens -such as this chinoiserie pavilion!2 garden structures
I think this was about the time I was seriously thinking of going to college to become an architect instead of music ( yes, even most of my close friend's don't know I used to be QUITE the piano player......i'm not anymore - practice makes perfect!! ).
view of rear of palace and view from the rear - the fake 'ruins' in the background are the waterpumps for the numerous fountains!the orangery