Dresden Porcelain Furniture

Dresden Porcelain (Germany, est. 1872)

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.

Set of Dresden Plates

Set of Dresden Plates

By Dresden Porcelain
Set of Dresden Plates
Dresden Porcelain
Vintage 1930s German Louis XIV Dinner Plates
Porcelain
This elaborate set of Dresden cabinet plates is encrusted in 24-karat raised gold. Each plate has a slight different pattern with different jewel tones. Made in Dresden Germany (Old ...
Pair of Dresden Gilt and Flower Encrusted Reticulated Fruit Bowls
Pair of Dresden Gilt and Flower Encrusted Retic...
Dresden Porcelain
20th Century German Rococo Revival Porcelain
Porcelain
A pair of fine Dresden porcelain reticulated fruit bowls. Each with openwork, white flower encrusted, and heavy gold decoration. Each base marked with a blue Dresden factory ma...
Dresden Porcelain Place Card Holders
Dresden Porcelain Place Card Holders
Dresden Porcelain
Antique Mid-19th Century European Baroque Porcelain
Porcelain
Set of 12 porcelain Dresden place card holders. With hand-painted flowers and gold trim.
Pair of Dresden Porcelain Bolognese Dogs
Pair of Dresden Porcelain Bolognese Dogs
Dresden Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Rococo Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
Impressive pair of Dresden porcelain Bolognese seated dogs which were made famous by Johann Kandler in the 18th century for Meissen. One dog is marked in blue on the bottom. They a...
Antique Dresden Porcelain Reticulated Fruit Basket and Stand by Adolf Hamann
Antique Dresden Porcelain Reticulated Fruit Bas...
Dresden Porcelain, Adolf Hamann
Antique Late 19th Century German Neoclassical Decorative Bowls
Porcelain
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...
Dresden Porcelaine Biedermeier Style CandelHolders, 20th Century
Dresden Porcelaine Biedermeier Style CandelHold...
Dresden Porcelain
20th Century German Biedermeier Candlesticks
Porcelain
Very refined and precious Dresden candleholders, 20th century. Biedermeier style, very good condition.
Pair of 19th Century Dresden Porcelain Vases
Pair of 19th Century Dresden Porcelain Vases
Dresden Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Vases
Porcelain
These wonderful Dresden porcelain vases are exceptional examples of the organic forms, natural subject matter and charming flamboyance of the German Rococo. Each vase displays a stun...
Pair of Antique Floral Dresden Porcelain Vases
Pair of Antique Floral Dresden Porcelain Vases
Dresden Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Rococo Vases
Porcelain
These ostentatious, lively vases are exceptional examples of the ceramicist's craft, set with intricate floral decorations as well as Rococo style cartouches. They are the work of th...
Dresden Porcelain, Amphora, Lid Vase, Urn, with Gold Painting
Dresden Porcelain, Amphora, Lid Vase, Urn, with...
Dresden Porcelain
20th Century Vases
Magnificent Dresden Porcelain, amphora, lid vase, urn with gold painting.
Dresden Porcelain, Amphora, Lid Vase, Urn, with Gold Painting
Dresden Porcelain, Amphora, Lid Vase, Urn, with...
Dresden Porcelain
20th Century Vases
Magnificent Dresden porcelain, amphora, lid vase, urn. With gold painting.
Antique Dresden Porcelain Cabinet Plate Depicting the Madonna after Raphael
Antique Dresden Porcelain Cabinet Plate Depicti...
Dresden Porcelain, (after) Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino)
Antique Late 19th Century German Renaissance Porcelain
Porcelain
This finely painted Dresden Porcelain cabinet plate is painted to the centre with a treatment of Raphael's Sistine Madonna, 1513. The edges of the plate are bordered in raise gilt le...
Set of 12 Dresden Germany Painted and Gold Gilt Accent Plates
Set of 12 Dresden Germany Painted and Gold Gilt...
Dresden Porcelain
Vintage 1910s German Edwardian Porcelain
Porcelain
A set of 12 Dresden -Germany painted and gold gilt accent plates, 805 inches in diameter. The borders with raised gilt details, hand-painted floral cartouches with a cobalt backgroun...
Antique Dresden Porcelain Inkwell
Dresden Porcelain
Antique 1890s German Louis XV Inkwells
Porcelain
Elegant Dresden hand-painted porcelain inkwell. Delicate floral and gilt decoration with a hinged bronze mount for the top, complete with original liner.    
Carl Thieme Dresden Pot Pourri Vase Mithologica...
Dresden Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Empire Urns
Porcelain
Dresden Porcelain pot pourri vase by Carl Thieme, circa 1900. Neoclassical urn shape, set on a round pedestal on square socle base, the lower body is fluted, then steps out for the m...
German Porcelain Chinoiserie Nodder Figure of a...
Dresden Porcelain, Dresden Figurine
Vintage 1960s German Chinese Export Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Porcelain figure called a "Nodder" made and signed by Dresden depicting a seated Chinese man with a moving head, hands and tongue. Super rare. Made it the GDR (German Democratic Repu...
Pair of Antique Hand-Painted Porcelain Urns
Dresden Porcelain, Carl Thieme
Antique Late 19th Century German Edwardian Urns
Porcelain
This pair is a near pair, almost identical with slight differences due to the Artist liberty of painting one at a time. An Impressive Dresden hand-painted floral and gilt appoint...
Pair of 19th Century Dresden Porcelain Bottle S...
Dresden Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Vases
Porcelain
Dimentions :35 cm x 17cm. The brand Dresden Porcelain is a high-grade de´cor and luxury porcelain. It’s characterized by immaculate shapes, detail rich decorative elements, as wel...
Two Antique Dresden Hand-Painted Reticulated Ca...
Dresden Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A finely worked pair of antique Dresden reticulated cabinet plates. Each with hand-painted decoration. Diameter: ca. 9 1/2 in.   
Large 19th Century Porcelain Plaque
Dresden Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A beautiful mid-19th century porcelain plaque of a semi-nude woman in a blue toga, reclining by a lake and reading a book. Probably German, Dresden factory, circa 1860.
Set of 12 Dresden Porcelain Figures and Groups
Dresden Porcelain
20th Century German Rococo Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
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...
Very Impressive Pair of 19th Century Dresden Vases
Dresden Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Neoclassical Vases
Porcelain
This pair of Dresden or Helena flower encrusted vases are in Meissen style. The vases have hand painted cartouches after the French court artist Watteau and are adorned with hand-mo...
12 Lamm Dresden Arts & Crafts Raised Paste Gold...
Dresden Porcelain
Vintage 1920s German Arts and Crafts Dinner Plates
Porcelain
This set of 12 dinner plates are made by Lamm Dresden in a rare Arts & Crafts style decoration featuring a clear white center, framed with an ivory border. It is further embellished ...
Fit for an Heiress Set of Eleven Dresden Dinner...
Dresden Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Very fine Dresden set of eleven hand-painted dinner plates having cobalt blue borders with amazing gold leaf decoration and stunning floral bouquets in each center with slight variat...
19th Century Dresden Porcelain Vase or Lamp
Dresden Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Table Lamps
Porcelain
A good quality 19th century Dresden porcelain vase or lamp in the Meissen style, having ram's head handles, a romantic scene inset in a good quality 19th century Dresden porcelain va...
Set of Eight German Dresden Porcelain Dinner Pl...
Dresden Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Dinner Plates
Porcelain, Gold Leaf
This set of eight 1890s German dinner plates feature an intricately designed border. The boarder has a solid gold outer edge with a repetitive design of flowers, leaves, and decorati...
Dresden Lamp with Armorial Crest Motif
Dresden Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Neoclassical Table Lamps
Porcelain
Interesting Dresden ceramic lamp with armorial crest, and floral decorative motif. Height to top of ceramic body 18".
36 Piece Dresden Porcelain Dinner Service for 1...
Meissen Porcelain, Dresden Porcelain, Ambrosius Lamm
Early 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A lovely dinner service consisting 12 of each; dinner plates, luncheon plates and bread and butter plates, all with very Fine hand-painted floral bouquets to the centre by well-regar...
Hand-Painted Cabinet Piece Cup and Saucer by Am...
Dresden Porcelain, Ambrosius Lamm
Early 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A fully hand-painted and hand gilt demitasse cup and saucer. The panoramic view represents Wotan & Brünnhilde from The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner. In this scene from Richard Wagner'...
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