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Dresden Porcelain

Dresden porcelain, as a term, is the subject of some confusion. In some contexts, it refers to the hard-paste ceramic wares produced by the workshops that sprang up in and around the Saxon capital in the 19th century. In others, it denotes only the output of one of these, Sächsische Porzellanmanufaktur Dresden, known in English as simply Dresden Porcelain, which was established in 1872 in the city of Freital, Saxony. Complicating matters further, early publications about porcelain often used “Dresden” and “Meissen” interchangeably. It is true that the cities of Dresden and Meissen are connected through their long, shared history of decorative arts production and, in fact, most Meissen porcelain was sold in Dresden, the artistic and cultural center of Saxony. However, Meissen is the site of the factory that produced the first European porcelain, at the turn of the 18th century, while Dresden did not come into prominence until the mid-19th century, during the high point of the Rococo revival. And while Meissen is known for manufacturing porcelain, from clay models through finished product, Dresden is celebrated for its decorating studios, of which there were several dozen in and around the city during the 19th century. Their skilled painters often used “blanks” from Meissen as their canvases. So a piece of Dresden porcelain may have been formed and fired at Meissen, painted in Dresden, and ultimately sold in one of that city’s shops.

The figurines, plates and vases produced during the 19th century via this complex process remain appealing to this day, their bright hues and pastoral imagery typical of the Rococo revival, which brought scrollwork, shells, foliage, flowers and fruit back into vogue after decades of restrained Neo-Classicism and austere Gothic Revival design. Dresden figurines, which like their Meissen counterparts were inspired by the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte, have a witty, cheerful quality that has been likened to that of scenes painted by Watteau and Fragonard.

Before its near-total destruction during World War II, Dresden was home to more than 200 painting studios. The Dresden style, however is associated with wares bearing the blue crown mark (Meissen’s mark is a pair of cobalt blue crossed swords), which was first registered in 1883 by Richard Klemm, Donath & Co, Oswald Lorenz, and Adolph Hamann. Prominent painters from this period include Helena Wolfsohn, Franziska Hirsch, Ambrosius Lamm — whose skill in the application of metallic or lustre paints is on lavish display in this dinner service from the 1920s — and Carl Thieme, a master in floral painting, as demonstrated by his decoration on this circa 1901 ram’s head urn. Dresden painters also used a decorative technique known as “Dresden lace.” This involved dipping real lace into liquid porcelain and applying it to a figure, which was then fired in a kiln. The fabric would burn away, leaving a fragile, crinoline-like shell — the type of delicate and whimsical detail that characterizes Dresden porcelain, one of Europe’s great ceramic traditions.

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Creator: Dresden Porcelain
Pair of Dresden Porcelain and Gilt Bronze Vases
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in London, GB
Pair of Dresden porcelain and gilt bronze vases. German, late 19th century. Measures: height 57cm, width 39cm, depth 33cm. This fine pair of Dresden porcelain pot pourri vases f...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Dresden Porcelain

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Ormolu

Collection of Fourteen Porcelain Plates by Various German Makers
By Dresden Porcelain, Meissen Porcelain
Located in London, GB
Collection of fourteen porcelain plates by various German makers German, circa 1900 Measures: Largest height 4cm, diameter 23cm Smallest height 3cm, diameter 19cm Each of the f...
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Early 1900s German Rococo Antique Dresden Porcelain

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Porcelain

Two Antique Dresden Hand-Painted Reticulated Cabinet Plates
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A finely worked pair of antique Dresden reticulated cabinet plates. Each with hand-painted decoration. Diameter: ca. 9 1/2 in.   
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Late 19th Century German Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Set of 10 Dresden Porcelain Musician Monkeys in Meissen Style
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Paris, FR
Set of 10 rococo-style monkey musicians in Dresden porcelain with lovely gold highlights. Each one is playing a different instrument, the whole ensemble forming a beautiful orchest...
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20th Century German Rococo Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Pair Dresden Porcelain Swans
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Brighton, Sussex
Pair Dresden porcelain hand painted Swans each with wonderful bold colouring, signed to the base in blue Dresden and stamped. Measure: 11".
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Early 20th Century German Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Dresden Porcelain Nodding Pagoda
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A Dresden, nodding Pagoda, modelled sitting cross-legged with a nodding head and articulated tongue and hands. Wonderful bolding coloured flowers to the gown. In the style of Meisse...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Set of 12 Dresden Porcelain Figures and Groups
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in London, GB
This charming set comprises twelve decorated figures and figural groups that one might encounter on a stroll through an 18th century town. The set includes animals, musicians, dancer...
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Early 20th Century German Rococo Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Antique German Dresden Porcelain Figural Cherub Double Candle Wall Mirror 19th C
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique large German Dresden figural wall mirror offers hand painted porcelain frame with cherubs, flowers and flanking candle sockets, 19th century Measures - 27'' H x 16.5'' ...
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19th Century German Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain, Mirror

Large Dresden Potschnappel Porcelain Charger / Wall Plate with Deutsche Blumen
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine large Dresden porcelain Charger by Potschnappel. With a scalloped rim, a reticulated border with panels that have cartouches of flower garlands, and a center painted with a...
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Early 20th Century German Rococo Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Antique 19th Century Porcelain Model of a Bolognese Dog, After J. Kirchner
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
A fabulous antique 19th century porcelain model of a bolognese dog, signed Deresden in Underglaze blue mark, After the Original Meissen Model by Johann Gottlieb Kirchner. The dog is ...
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Early 1900s German Louis XVI Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century Dresden Porcelain Figurine Now as a Lamp
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A finely painted Dresden porcelain figurine from the 19th century now as a lamp. The figure of a 18th century style courting couple that has not been drilled. The aged brass base and...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Hand-Painted Porcelain Vases in the Neoclassical Style
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in London, GB
A superbly decorative pair of neoclassical lidded porcelain vases, exquisitely hand-painted in blue and white colours and gilded throughout. Germany, early 20th century We love the...
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20th Century German Neoclassical Revival Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Antique Pair of Dresden Helena Wolfson Hand Painted Bottle Vases Floral Scenes
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Dublin, Ireland
A stylish matched pair of hand painted Dresden bottle vases, last quarter of the 19th century. Each of bulbous body form with tall slender necks, superbly hand decorated in colors...
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19th Century German Late Victorian Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain, Pottery

Antique Set of Twelve Dresden Hand Painted Multicoloured Floral and Gilt Plates
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Toronto, ON
An ornate set of 12 antique Dresden gold and floral dinner plates produced between 1901-1914. What makes these so special is the elaborate incised gallery edge. Franziska Hirsch star...
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Early 20th Century German Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Set of 12 Hand Painted Dresden Reticulated Accent Plates
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A set of 12 reticulated service paltes by Dresden, circa 1900. The beautifully painted centers of floral bouquets with hand painted and hand gilt details along the pierced borders. 9...
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Early 1900s German Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Set of 12 Antique Dresden White Porcelain Dinner Plates with Gilt Decoration
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This set of 12 antique porcelain dinner plates were made by the renowned Dresden factory of Germany in approximately 1890 in a Rococo Revival style. The plates are done in white grou...
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Late 19th Century German Rococo Revival Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Sitzendorf Dresden Figurine with Kissing Angels with Blue and White Decoration
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Boston, MA
Look at this absolutely charming figurine of a boy and a girl angel or putti with wings sitting on a bench kissing. The modeling of these figures of putti is very well done, as you c...
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Early 20th Century German Romantic Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

German Porcelain Bulldogs, Dresden, Late 19th Century
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Three German porcelain Bulldogs, probably Dresden, late 19th century. Perfect condition. Small - H: 10 cm, W: 11 cm, D: 5 cm Large - H: 11 cm, W: 10 cm, D: 5 cm.
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Late 19th Century German Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Dresden Schneeballen Bird Chocolate Cup
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in London, GB
Dresden bird chocolate cup and saucer encrusted with foliage and flowers with birds sitting amongst it, with the Schneeballen design. Singed by Augustus Rex who first worked at the M...
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Mid-18th Century German Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Dresden Porcelaine 'Signed' Candlestick
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Miami, FL
Very refined and elegant pair. Delicate shape and original piece of art. Extremly delicate colors, garlands of flowers. From the quality and the design, will fit in any refined inter...
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19th Century German Baroque Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Exceptional and Large Dresden Porcelain Candelabra
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
The center of the porcelain candelabra features the figures of a woman, inspired by 18th century German courtly dress, decorated in bright colors and patters. The auricular arms of t...
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19th Century German Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

German Pair of Dresden Male & Female Bulldog Porcelain Figures
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
German Pair of Dresden Male & Female Bulldog Porcelain Figures (Late 19th Century).
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19th Century German Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Antique Dresden Porcelain Reticulated Fruit Basket and Stand by Adolf Hamann
By Dresden Porcelain, Adolf Hamann
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A delicate and intricately worked antique Dresden Porcelain Fruit Basket and Underplate. The form is rare and a technical tour de force. Few of these forms (for obvious reasons) have...
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Late 19th Century German Neoclassical Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Six Dresden Reticulated Painted Watteau Scenic Cabinet Plates by Carl Thieme
By Dresden Porcelain, Carl Thieme
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Six Dresden reticulated painted Watteau scenic cabinet plates by Carl Thieme, each one exquisitely painted and gilt with a different garden scene. Marked with blue underglaze mark.
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Late 19th Century German Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Wonderful Service for 12 Pierced Hand Painted Porcelain Dresden Dessert Plates
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful service for 12 pierced hand painted porcelain Dresden dessert plates.
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Early 20th Century German Belle Époque Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

English Blue and White Dresden Bowl, circa 1920
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Dallas, TX
This gorgeous blue and white Dresden collectible bowl was made in England in the early 20th century. The makers mark is on the bottom of bowl. See last photo for mark. Measures: ...
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1920s English Vintage Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Antique Dresden porcelain cabinet plate depicting the Madonna after Raphael
By Dresden Porcelain, (after) Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino)
Located in London, GB
Antique Dresden porcelain cabinet plate depicting the Madonna after Raphael German, c. 1880 Height 2.5cm, diameter 19.5cm This finely painted Dresden porcelain cabinet plate is deco...
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Late 19th Century German Renaissance Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Richard Klemm Dresden Miniature Porcelain Portrait Cabinet Vase of Antoinette
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is an excellent high quality porcelain vase. It is depicting a portrait of Antoinette in the center framed with gilt wreath of olives leaves against a wine colored background. T...
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Late 19th Century German Empire Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Large Antique Richard Klemm Dresden Porcelain Platter with Deutsche Blumen Decor
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine and large Dresden porcelain tray or platter by Richard Klemm. With a ribbed, scalloped border and deep central well. Richly decorated with hand painted 'Deutsche Blumen...
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Late 19th Century German Rococo Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Dresden Porcelain, Amphora, Lid Vase, Urn, with Gold Painting
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Berlin, DE
Magnificent Dresden porcelain, amphora, lid vase, urn. With gold painting.
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20th Century Dresden Porcelain

Large Dresden Porcelain Pug Dog Mother and Puppy Figurine or Model
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A wonderful Dresden porcelain figurine of a mother pug and her puppy. The figurine is modeled after the 18th century Meissen figurine by Johannes Kaendler with the puppy nestled s...
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20th Century German Rococo Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Exquisite Dresden Porcelain Peacock Tail Closed Facing Forward Figurine Germany
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Tustin, CA
Handmade, hand painted, collectible estate figurine from Dresden Porcelain in Germany is a brightly colored, beautifully sculpted, proud male peacock who is facing forward, with his ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Set of Four Orange and Gilt Painted Plates
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
Set of four orange and gilt painted plates. Set of four shaped and painted plates with iron red/orange painted scenes of Continental harbours, castles and landmarks with gilt surroun...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century Louis Philippe Dresden Porcelain, 1850
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Roma, RM
Porcelain vase, hand-painted, circa 1840-50. Dresden Porcelain. Vase with flower ornaments and two maidens, beautiful lily-shaped stopper. Small annoyance and from the inside you can...
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1840s German Louis Philippe Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Dresden Porcelain Place Card Holders
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Set of 12 porcelain Dresden place card holders. With hand-painted flowers and gold trim.
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Mid-19th Century European Baroque Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Rare Set of Twelve Late 19th Century German Dresden Porcelain Collector Plates
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
A rare and fantastic set of twelve late 19th century German Dresden Porcelain collector plates Each plate finely painted with a different historical or mythological portrait and s...
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Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Antique Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Dresden Porcelain, Amphora, Lid Vase, Urn, with Gold Painting
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Berlin, DE
Magnificent Dresden Porcelain, amphora, lid vase, urn with gold painting.
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20th Century Dresden Porcelain

Male and Female Pair of Dresden Saxon Porcelain Pug Dog Figurines
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Haarlem, NL
Very cute pair of matching male and female Dresden porcelain pug dog figurines made of the finest hard paste porcelain and beautifully hand painted with brown and black spots, pink c...
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Early 20th Century German Rococo Dresden Porcelain

Materials

Porcelain

Dresden Porcelain furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Dresden porcelain furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinct pieces of porcelain are frequently made of and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Dresden porcelain furniture, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 40 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Dresden Porcelain were created in Europe during the 19th century in the Rococo style. Many customers also consider furniture by Johann Joachim Kändler, Nymphenburg Porcelain and Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (KPM). Price ranges for Dresden porcelain furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $175 and tops out at $36,000, while pieces like these can sell for $1,500 on average.

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