Meissen Porcelain Furniture

Meissen Porcelain (Germany, 1710–)

Meissen Porcelain (Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen) is one of the preeminent porcelain factories in Europe and was the first to produce true porcelain outside of Asia. It was established in 1710 under the auspices of King Augustus II “the Strong” of Saxony-Poland (1670–1733), a keen collector of Asian ceramics, particularly Ming porcelain. In pursuing his passion, which he termed his “maladie de porcelaine,” Augustus spent vast sums, amassing some 20,000 pieces of Japanese and Chinese ceramics. These, along with examples of early Meissen, comprise the Porzellansammlung, or porcelain collection, of the Zwinger Palace, in Dresden.


The king was determined, however, to free the European market from its dependence on Asian imports and to give European artisans the freedom to create their own porcelain designs. To this end, he charged the scientist Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus and aspiring alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger with the task of using local materials to produce true, hard-paste porcelain (as opposed to the soft-paste variety European ceramists in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy and Spain had been producing since the late Renaissance). In 1709, the pair succeeded in doing just that, employing kaolin, or “china clay.” A year later, the Meissen factory was born.


In its first decades, Meissen mostly looked to Asian models, producing wares based on Japanese Kakiemon ceramics and pieces with Chinese-inflected decorations, called chinoiseries. During the 1720s its painters drew inspiration from the works of Watteau, and the scenes of courtly life, fruits and flowers that adorned fashionable textiles and wallpaper. It was in this period that Meissen introduced its famous cobalt-blue crossed swords logo—derived from the arms of the Elector of Saxony as Arch-Marshal of the Holy Roman Empire—to distinguish its products from those of competing factories that were beginning to spring up around Europe.


By the 1730s, Meissen’s modelers and decorators had mastered the style of Asian ceramics, and Augustus encouraged them to develop a new, original aesthetic. The factory’s director, Count Heinrich von Brühl, used Johann Wilhelm Weinmann’s botanical drawings as the basis for a new line of wares with European-style surface decoration. The Blue Onion pattern (Zwiebelmuster), first produced in 1739, melded Asian and European influences, closely following patterns used in Chinese underglaze-blue porcelain, but replacing exotic flora and fruits with Western varieties (likely peaches and pomegranates, not onions) along with peonies and asters.


During the same period, head modeler Joachim Kändler (1706–75) began crafting delicate porcelain figures derived from the Italian commedia dell’arte. Often used as centerpieces on banquet tables and decorated to reflect the latest fashions in courtly dress for men and women, these figurines, they were popular in their day, and are still considered among of Meissen’s most iconic creations. Kändler also created the Swan Service, which, with its complex low-relief surface design and minimal decoration is considered a masterpiece of Baroque ceramics.


The rise of Neoclassicism in the latter half of the 18th century forced Meissen to change artistic direction and begin producing monumental vases, clocks, chandeliers and candelabra. In the 20th century, Meissen added to its 18th-century repertoire decidedly modern designs, including ones in the Art Nouveau style. The 1920s saw the introduction of numerous animal figures, such as the popular sea otter (Fischotter), which graced an East German postage stamp in the 1960s. Starting in 1933, artistic freedom was limited at the factory under the Nazi regime, and after World War II, when the region became part of East Germany, it struggled to reconcile its elite past with the values of the Communist government. In 1969, however, new artistic director Karl Petermann reintroduced the early designs and fostered a new degree of artistic license. Meissen became one of the few companies to prosper in East Germany.


Owned by the State of Saxony since reunification, in 1990, Meissen continues to produce its classic designs together with new ones developed collaboratively with artists from all over the world. In addition, through its artCAMPUS program, the factory has invited distinguished ceramic artists, such as Chris Antemann and Arlene Shechet, to work in its studios in collaboration with its skilled modelers and painters. The resulting works of contemporary sculpture are inspired by Meissen’s rich and complex legacy.

Meissen Snake Handles Vase Painted Model E 116 Design by Leuteritz, 1924-1934
Meissen Snake Handles Vase Painted Model E 116 ...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Empire Revival Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen snake handles vase / designed by Leuteritz Manufactory: Meissen Dating: made during Pfeiffer Period (1924 - 34) Hallmarked: Meissen Mark with Point between Blades [= P...
19th Century Meissen Porcelain Clock
19th Century Meissen Porcelain Clock
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1860s German Mantel Clocks
Porcelain
A very good quality 19th century Meissen Porcelain mantel clock, depicting children representing the Four Seasons amongst flowers and C-scrolls. Having an eight day striking movement...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Topographical Royal Jagdschloss Moritzburg Coffee Cup
Antique Meissen Porcelain Topographical Royal J...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A rare, antique topographical Meissen porcelain coffee cup. The central finely hand-painted scene depicts the Royal Hunting Lodge at Moritzburg (Königliche Jagdschloss Moritzburg)...
Large German Porcelain Figure Toucan Bird, Meissen, circa 1905
Large German Porcelain Figure Toucan Bird, Meis...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
Modeled and incised with the conjoined "PW" for Paul Walther. Crossed swords Meissen mark in underglaze blue.
German Porcelain Group of Two Rabbits, Meissen, circa 1910
German Porcelain Group of Two Rabbits, Meissen,...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
Modelled by Ivar Tillberg. Crossed swords Meissen mark in underglaze blue.
19th Century Meissen Porcelain Figure
19th Century Meissen Porcelain Figure
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
Allegorical representation of love and marriage. Right and left of a pedestal with a flower basket Stand two figures, one female holding flowers, the other one male holding a torch. ...
19th Century Meissen Porcelain Dressing Table
19th Century Meissen Porcelain Dressing Table
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Vanities
Porcelain, Mirror
This lavish bird's-eye maple dressing table is a work of astounding artistry and rarity. The piece is elaborately embellished with exquisite Meissen Porcelain throughout. Exquisitely...
184-Piece Meissen Porcelain Dinner Service
184-Piece Meissen Porcelain Dinner Service
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
Comprising an incredible 184 pieces, this impressive Meissen porcelain dinner service is an exceptional example of the firm's prized dinnerware. The bodies are crafted in the New Bra...
Pair of Large Antique Meissen Style Porcelain Figures of a Couple
Pair of Large Antique Meissen Style Porcelain F...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
These charming antique Meissen style Porcelain figures are rendered in the elegant Rococo style, depicting a courting couple dressed in 18th century clothes and holding flowers; each...
French Gilt Bronze-Mounted Meissen Saucer, circ...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Mid-18th Century German Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Bronze
French gilt bronze-mounted Meissen saucer, circa 1760. Meissen saucer circa 1760. Mounted and signed by Bointaburte A Paris, circa 1900.
German Meissen 'Marcolini' Porcelain Tea and Co...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1790s German Tea Sets
Porcelain
Comprising coffee pot, tea pot, covered cream jug, covered sugar, ten tea cups, six coffee cups, 16 saucers.
Large Antique Meissen Marcolini Period Blue Oni...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 18th Century German Platters and Serveware
Porcelain
A fine and rare Meissen porcelain Blue Onion or 'Zwiebelmuster' porcelain charger. The charger dates to Marcolini Period of Meissen porcelain production, which spanned from the la...
Antique Topographical Meissen Porcelain Shoe wi...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Rococo Paperweights
Porcelain
A fine and rare Meissen 'Pantoffel' or Slipper paperweight with a topographical scene. The hand-painted cartouche depicts the Royal Palace and Great Gardens at Dresden and is surr...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Articulated Nodder No...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Ceramics
Porcelain
For your consideration is an Asian, poercelain nodder. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 7" diameter. German bisque figure seated cross-legged and wearing elaborately gol...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Articulated Nodder No...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Ceramics
Porcelain
For your consideration is an Asian, poercelain nodder. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 8" W x 7" D x 8" H. German bisque figure seated cross-legged and wearing elaborat...
Monumental Pair of Meissen Porcelain Snowball V...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1820s German Rococo Vases
Porcelain
This rare and monumental antique pair of Meissen Porcelain 22 inch vases is crafted in the illustrious Schneeballen, or Snowball, pattern. First modeled by the famed Johann Joachim K...

Meissen Porcelain Wall Sconces

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Meissen Porcelain Wall Sconces
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Wall Lights and Sconces
Porcelain
This remarkable pair of Meissen wall sconces is crafted with all of the exquisite detail and splendor of the Rococo period. Exquisitely hand-painted with gilt accents, each fixture i...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Articulated Nodder No...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
For your consideration is an Asian, poercelain nodder. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 9" W x 7" D x 8.5" H. German bisque figure seated cross-legged and wearing elabor...
Modernist White Porcelain Meissen Vase Stamped
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1970s German Modern Vases
Porcelain
For your consideration is a phenomenal, white ceramic porcelain vase, with a beautiful design, stamped by Meissen. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 5" W x 4" D x 10" H.  
Porcelain Teapot Meissen, 18th Century
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1790s German Louis XVI Porcelain
Porcelain Teapot Meissen (1740-80). Beautifully painted with flowers. The lid is decorated with a three-dimensional rose. Underglaze blue crossed sword mark with dot, which was used ...
12 Meissen Plates marked "A.R. Dresden" with Im...
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Twelve Meissen plates marked "A. R. Dresden" with impressed "Meissen" stamp, wide canary yellow plates with gilded pebble type decoration, centre with pastel polychrome floral decora...
Meissen Porcelain Dinner Service, 92 Pieces
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
This resplendent 92-piece Meissen Porcelain dinner service for twelve is an exceptional example of the firm's domestic ware. The bodies are crafted in the New Brandenstein relief pat...

Meissen Tea and Coffee Service

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Meissen Tea and Coffee Service
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Other Tea Sets
Gold, Porcelain
This rare and extensive Meissen porcelain tea and coffee service displays exceptional artistry. Each of the 39 exquisite pieces features delicately hand-painted cartouches of the pop...
18th Century Group in Saxe Porcelain Called "Тh...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Mid-18th Century German Rococo Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Receive our new selections direct from 1stdibs by email each week. Please click follow dealer below and see them first! Group in polychrome Saxe porcelain called 'The singing lesson...
Large Antique German Meissen Porcelain 'Element...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 18th Century German Belle Époque Ceramics
Porcelain
This exquisite Meissen porcelain ewer is after the model by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706 - 1775), who was the chief sculptor at the Meissen porcelain factory between 1742 and 1775. ...
Set of Six German Porcelain Salts, Meissen Marc...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Porcelain
Porcelain
Set of six German porcelain salts, Meissen (Marcolini), circa 1800.

Meissen Wall Sconces

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Meissen Wall Sconces
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Wall Lights and Sconces
Porcelain
This enchanting pair of Meissen sconces exhibits the finest artistry for which this famed porcelain firm is known. Decorated with Meissen’s hallmark hand-painted intricacy, with deli...
Antique German Meissen Hand-Painted & Gilt Porc...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain, Porcelain
Antique German Meissen Porcelain features hand-painted and gilt figural group including two Colonial carriage handlers carrying a floral decorated litter with female passenger, possi...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Allegorical Figurine ...
Meissen Porcelain, J.J. Kaendler
Antique Late 19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
A very fine Meissen model of Bacchus - the God of Wine and Fertility. Modeled by Johann Joachim Kaendler. Bacchus stands at a stump adorned with a crown and garland of grape le...
Huntsman and Hounds marked Meissen
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Crossed swords painted mark. Impressed marks. T102 catalogue number & #148 designer. Four hounds are removable. All have crossed swords mark. Minor new professional restoration to r...
Antique Floral Porcelain Fruit Bowl by Meissen
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Rococo Serving Bowls
Porcelain
This exquisite antique porcelain fruit bowl is a stunning example of the superior craftsmanship of the Meissen ceramicists. In particular, the pierced, lace-like body of the bowl is ...
Meissen Porcelain Snakes Handle Vase, 1st Quali...
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century German Vases
Porcelain
Meissen Porcelain snakes handle vase. 1st quality. Cobalt and gold painting.  
German Meissen Porcelain Demitasse Part Service...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Tea Sets
Porcelain
Comprising tray, 11 cups, 12, saucers and 20 spoons.
Meissen Coffee Set Flower Bouquet Nr. 111120 Si...
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1920s Austrian Other Porcelain
Porcelain
We invite you here to look at a splendid Meissen coffee set for six persons: This coffee set is of finest appearance due to gorgeous various multicolored flower paintings: Flow...
Meissen Porcelain Snakes Handle Vase, 1st Quali...
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century German Vases
Porcelain
Meissen porcelain snakes handle vase. 1st quality. Cobalt and gold painting. Small chip on the socket.
Meissen Tea Set Flower Bouquet Nr. 111120 Six P...
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1930s German Other Porcelain
Porcelain
We invite you here to look at a splendid Meissen tea set for six persons: This tea set is of finest appearance due to gorgeous various multicolored flower paintings: Flower bouq...
Two Vintage Meissen Porcelain Blue Onion Shoe o...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A group of two small, vintage Meissen blue onion (or Zwiebelmuster) pattern figural paperweights. These paperweights are an iconic Meissen form in the shape of a traditional slipp...
Large Antique Art Nouveau Period Cobalt Blue Me...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Vases
Porcelain
A fine Meissen porcelain vase with a cobalt blue ground, floral spray in a central cartouche, and gilding throughout. The vase has an elegant, Art Nouveau form with a long, taper...
Pair of Heart Shaped Meissen Porcelain Candleho...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Romantic More Lighting
Porcelain
Each candleholder finely detailed to the centre with an image of playing cards to one side and crest on the reverses, each image contained within a gilt circle, further enhanced with...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Figurine of Crinoline...
Meissen Porcelain, J.J. Kändler
Antique Late 19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
A fine antique Meissen porcelain figurine of Crinoline lovers. Entitled "The Kiss", this group was originally modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler in the 1740s. It depicts lover...
Four Meissen Porcelain Blue Onion Zwiebelmuster...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A good group of four Meissen porcelain blue onion pattern (Zwiebelmuster) knife rests. The sides bear a blue underglaze crossed swords factory mark. Measure: Length ca. 4 in. ...
Vintage Meissen Porcelain Blue Onion Pattern Sh...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Paperweights
Porcelain
A good, vintage Meissen Blue Onion (or Zwiebelmuster) pattern figural paperweight. The paperweight is an iconic Meissen form in the shape of a traditional slipper (Pantoffel) or s...
Meissen Porcelain 'Forget Me Not' Tea Set
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century Tea Sets
Porcelain
A lot of Meissen porcelain tea set encrusted with flowers. Lot comes with two ewers, miniature cup and saucer, lidded teapot, lidded cup, and cup and saucer.
Meissen Porcelain Panther, circa 1920
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1920s German Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
Blanc de chine panther. Signed Erich Oehme.
Set of Six Meissen Porcelain Tea Cup Saucer & P...
Meissen Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A group of six Meissen porcelain tea cup, saucer and plate trios decorated with a matching floral spray on each piece of the trio. It is rare to find these matching trios complete (...
Antique 18th Century Marcolini Period Meissen P...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 18th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
A good marcolini period Meissen Porcelain chocolate pot. This rare chocolate pot is decorated in an Indian flower variant in purple, green, yellow and blue and retains a period wo...
Peter Strang for Meissen Cubist Street Performe...
Meissen Porcelain
Late 20th Century German Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
A fine set Meissen porcelain cubist character figures modelled by Peter Strang portraying street performers. The figures portray various activities and each is hand-painted in colors...
Pair of Possibly Meissen Female Figural Candelabra
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Pair of porcelain female figural candelabra, bears Meissen Mark. Removable candelabra one with four arms and the other with six arms. From the Cascone collection of Arts and Antiques.
Square Porcelain Meissen Platter or Tray
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Platters and Serveware
Porcelain
Our square Meissen platter is a timeless server the simplicity, sans roses or frilly figures is a test of time that can be used anytime or all the time. Hang this on your wall, also ...
19th Century Meissen Porcelain Nine Piece Monke...
Meissen Porcelain, J.J. Kändler
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
This set of nine figures by Meissen was inspired by the famous monkey orchestra produced for Meissen in the 18th century by Johann Joachim Kändler (German, 1706-1775). Kändler was on...
Meissen Porcelain Figures of Parrots Standing o...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1870s German Rococo Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
A fine pair of antique Meissen Porcelain figures of colorful parrots, each standing on a tree branch after a model by J. J. Kandler. One parrot is eating a fruit while the other parr...
Meissen Cobalt and Gold Encrusted Floral Centre...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain, Porcelain
Meissen cobalt and gold encrusted floral centre bowl, of the best quality, finely painted marked blue crossswords, painters and gilders numbers. Presently this item is at our West Pa...
Mid-20th Century Blue and White Porcelain Petit...
Meissen Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Soup Tureens
Porcelain
Mid-20th century Meissen blue and white porcelain petite soup tureen with flared handles, lid, and ladle.
Meissen Bottger Steinzug Tiger-Form Wall Mask
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Masks
Stoneware
A German red stoneware tiger-form wall mask. Impressed with crossed swords on back and below chin, 'Meissen', 'Bottger Steinzug', 'A1099' and 'Von 55 Ausformungen' and signed script ...
19th Century Meissen Table Mirror
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Table Mirrors
Porcelain
An antique oval Meissen table mirror crested with two cherubs and a garland, with beveled mirror, the frame hand-painted with fruit and applied leaves and flowers, with strut panel, ...
Fine Meissen Porcelain Large 12 Person Dessert ...
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century German Belle Époque Ceramics
Porcelain
Manufactured by Meissen Porcelain, Germany and retailed by Porzellanhaus Knoll, Landau, Germany. This stunning porcelain dessert service serves twelve people, and comprises a stag...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Plaque of the Sistine...
Meissen Porcelain, (after) Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino)
Antique 19th Century German Renaissance Paintings
Porcelain
This charming miniature porcelain plaque depicts the Sistine Madonna after Raphael's famous Renaissance masterpiece of 1513. The oval plaque is set in a gilt frame, and bears the Mei...
German Rococo Style Three-Piece Porcelain Clock...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Mantel Clocks
Porcelain
The German porcelain factory at Meissen was renowned throughout the 18th and 19th century for the quality and intricacy of its porcelain, and this stunning clock set amply demonstrat...
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