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Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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 chinoiserie. 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 were popular in their day, and are still considered among 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.

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Creator: Meissen Porcelain
Large Art Deco Meissen Porcelain Sculpture of a Polar Bear by Otto Jarl
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and very large Art Deco Meissen Porcelain sculpture of a polar bear by Otto Jarl, beautifully sculpted, hand engraved and hand-painted under the glaze. Jarl, Otto (1856-1...
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1910s German Other Vintage Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Art Nouveau Group 'The Air' by Paul Helmig, Germany Around 1900
By Meissen Porcelain, Paul Helmig
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare and excellent Meissen porcelain group around 1900: Juno, the Roman goddess of the air (Greek Hera), as a young woman with her hair pinned up, covered only with a cloth, sit...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Splendour Clock 'The Four Seasons' by E.A. Leuteritz, Around 1880
By Meissen Porcelain, Ernst August Leuteritz
Located in Vienna, AT
The clock case was designed by Ernst August Leuteritz using old moulds in the Rococo style: The clock case rises on a base with gold-highlighted rocailles, richly decorated with deli...
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1880s German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Rococo Porcelain Box
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in New Orleans, LA
Incredible hand-painted scenes inspired by Rococo master Antoine Watteau cover this magnificent Meissen porcelain box. Displaying romantic courtship scenes on each side, the casket i...
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18th Century German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Porcelain Black 'Ming Dragon' Covered Box
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Meissen Porcelain Black 'Ming Dragon' Covered Box Germany, Post WWII 20th Century, Two Slash Canceled Blue Crossed Swords Mark A fine Meissen Porcelain Black 'Ming Dragon' Covered Box, made in post-World War II Germany...
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20th Century German Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Rococó Revival Inkwell By «Meissen» German Dresden Porcelain, 19th Century
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Lisbon, PT
A graceful porcelain inkwell station, crafted from Meissen porcelain, features two inkwell compartments. The piece exhibits excellent condition, consistent with its age and boasts a ...
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19th Century German Rococo Revival Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Art Nouveau Figurine, Lady With Muff, by Konrad Hentschel, ca 1906
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Elegant young lady with a wide-brimmed hat, decorated with green-brown-white checkered ribbons and a blue feather, wearing a floor-length white dress with a green hem and button plac...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Museal Early Asian Lidded Tureen With Présentoir, Meissen Germany 1740-1780
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Very exceptional, museal three-part object of the 18th century: Lidded vessel on a six-sided base, widening towards the top and slightly domed at the bottom, on a stepped, low slopin...
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Mid-18th Century German Chinoiserie Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain, Ceramic

Meissen Parrot perched on a tree trunk, 19th Century
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A fine quality late 19th Century Meissen porcelain Parrot perched on a tree trunk, having wonderful bold colouring. Signed to the base with blue crossed swords. Batch 77 62748 DNKZZ
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19th Century German Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen clock garniture, 19th Century
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very impressive, fine quality 19th Century Meissen porcelain clock garniture, having putti surround the clock and pair of candelabra representing the four seasons, the enamel clock...
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19th Century German Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Pair 19th Century Meissen Parrots.
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Brighton, Sussex
An enchanting pair of fine quality late 19th Century Meissen porcelain Parrots, perched on tree trunks feasting. Blue crossed swords signed to the base. Batch 62747 DHKZ
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19th Century Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Broken Bridge Meissen group, 19th Century.
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Brighton, Sussex
An enchanting 19th Century Meissen porcelain group depicting 'The Broken Bridge' having wonderful bold colours, the lovers attempting to cross the bridge, with a cherub at their feet...
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19th Century German Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Parrot, late 19th Century
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Brighton, Sussex
Meissen porcelain Parrot, late 19th Century, having wonderful bold colouring, perched on a tree trunk, blue crossed swords signed to the base. Batch 76 YNKZ. G100038/23
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Late 19th Century German Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Pair late 19th Century Meissen porcelain Parrots.
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A striking, fine quality pair of late 19th Century Meissen porcelain Parrots pirched on tree trunks, each having wonderful bold colouring and detail. Batch 76 62436 DHKZ
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1890s German Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Pair Meissen parrots, late 19th century
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Brighton, Sussex
Small pair of enchanting late 19th Century Meissen porcelain Parrots, each with wonderful bold colouring and signed with the blue crossed swords to the base. Batch 76 G9490/21 CEKZ
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Late 19th Century German Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Early Meissen Rococo Group 'Love and Indulgence' by J.C. Schönheit, Ca 1840
By Johann Carl Schoenheit, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Exceptional Meissen porcelain genre group: Young mother seated on a magnificent Louis XVI-style armchair, her left foot set down on a low stool, a boy lying on his stomach on her left thigh, his white shirt slipped up to reveal his bare buttocks, which the mother has probably just struck with the cane in her left hand, to her right a girl in a dress and hat decorated with feathers, clasping her mother's arm so that she can no longer strike the boy. The group is based on an oval pedestal with gold heightened frieze decoration on the sides. Particularly elaborate, detailed design and staffage. This model was based on drawings by Johann Eleazar Zeissig, known as 'Schenau' (1737-1806). Designed by JOHANN CARL SCHÖNHEIT (1730 - 1805) in 1788 started working as an apprentice in the Meissen factory in 1741 and has been in a responsible position since 1768. For more than 20 years, Schönheit was an employee of both J.J. Kändler as well as from M.V. Acier, who entered the Meissen factory in 1762. After Kändler's death in 1775, Schönheit was head of the model department until 1794. Design of the model in 1788 Manufactory: Meissen Germany Dating: made around 1840 Material: white porcelain, glossy finish Technique: handmade porcelain, finest hand painting Dimensions: height: 25,5 cm / 10.03 in width: 18,0 cm / 7.08 in depth: 16,0 cm / 6.29 in Marks: Blue Meissen crossed sword mark Model number: I 66 / former's number 35 / painter Da.. Bibliography: Thomas & Sabine Bergmann, Meissen Artist's - Figures / Erlangen Germany 2014, Model numbers A1 - Z99, page 31...
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Early 19th Century German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Costume Group, Couple Dressed In Empire Style, by H. Goeschl, Ca 1940
By Heinrich Goeschl, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Elegant couple costumed in Empire style: The lady in a dress that softly hugs the body with a high waist that sits just below the bust, a short cape covering the neckline and shoulde...
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Mid-20th Century German Empire Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Pair of Antique Meissen Porcelain Figures of Malabar Musicians
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in London, GB
Pair of antique Meissen porcelain figures of Malabar musicians German, Late 19th Century Woman: Height 33cm, width 13cm, depth 11cm Man: Height 32cm, width 20cm, depth 11cm Expertly crafted in the late 19th century by the artists at Meissen, the figures depict a charming pair of Malabar musicians. The design of this pair is after models by Friedrich Elias Meyer (German 1723–1785), an artist at Meissen. The figure of a lady is playing the hurdy-gurdy and the moustached man the guitar. Both figures are wearing a pale straw hat, their bodies covered by a maroon-coloured and fur lined jacket...
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Late 19th Century German Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Large 19th C. Meissen Porcelain Figure, Pug Mother & Child w/ Gilt Bell Collar
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
A Large 19th Century Meissen Porcelain Figure of a White Pug Mother and Child with Gilt Bells on a Blue Collar. This large model is very rare to find in this quality, condition, and...
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19th Century German Louis XVI Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Pair Of Meissen Splendid Lidded Vases 'Potpourri With Cupids', Kaendler, Ca 1870
By Johann Joachim Kaendler, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Baluster-shaped vase body on a stepped, round base with a pierced lid, lavishly decorated with sculpted and colourfully painted flowers, leaves, fruit and rocailles, as well as two c...
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Mid-19th Century German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Children Group 'Two Girls', by A. Koenig, Meissen Germany, ca 1940
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare Meissen Art Nouveau porcelain figure group: Two barefoot girls in summer clothes, the older one in a green-brown skirt and white long-sleeved shirt with blue stripes, her hair pinned up in two side bunches, the younger child in a red-purple dress sitting on the ground, holding her by the arm and pulling her up. The model is part of a series of beach motifs by Alfred König. Based on a white round base with a relief structure on the side and a gold rim. Very lifelike and loving representation of the characters and the details Designer: ALFRED KÖNIG (1871 - 1940) studied at the art academy in Dresden, since 1897 he worked in the Meissen manufactory as a designer and modeler. The artist specialized in the design of human figures in various variations, such as genre figures, children, athletes, soldiers etc. Model B 290...
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1910s German Art Nouveau Vintage Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Snake Handle Vase With Soft Flower Painting, by Leuteritz, c 1865 H:48cm
By Meissen Porcelain, Ernst August Leuteritz
Located in Vienna, AT
Very large double snake-handled vase in baluster form on a mounted funnel-shaped base, the handles raised at the sides in the form of coiled pairs of snakes, white ground, the front ...
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1860s German Baroque Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Animal Figure, Rooster On Wood Pile, by J.J. Kaendler, Germany, 20th
By Johann Joachim Kaendler, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
A life-size rooster crowing and sitting on a pile of wood in an extremely naturalistic depiction. Impressive due to its rich sculptural details and flawless, hand-painted staffage, t...
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Late 20th Century German Baroque Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Figure, Child With Locomotive & Ball, by E. Oehler, Meissen, Ca 1909
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare Meissen porcelain figure: Boy with curly hair, wearing a short shirt with a square neckline and patterned hems, breeches and high brown shoes with checkered socks, kneeling with his right knee on the ground and reaching for the toy locomotive...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Group 'Capture Of A Nymph', by Paul Helmig, Meissen Germany, Ca 1902
By Paul Helmig, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Exquisite large and rare Meissen Art Nouveau porcelain group: Triton adorned with water lily wreath on his head, half man, half fish with scaled legs leaning against a high wave and ...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

19th Century Meissen Porcelain & Bronze Ormolu Mounted Potpourri Urns
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Atlanta, GA
Meissen Porcelain (German, founded 1710), mid 19th century. A beautiful and fine quality Meissen porcelain potpourri urn. The porcelain wh...
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Mid-19th Century German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Bronze

A Fine Important Early Meissen Porcelain Bowl by J E Stadler, 1720-5
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Tunbridge Wells, GB
A Fine Important Early Meissen Porcelain Bowl by J E Stadler, 1720-5 The pink purple lustre invented by the chemist Johann Friedrich Bottger is a gold based compound. The analysis o...
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18th Century German Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Rococo Group 'The Good Father' by J.C. Schönheit, 20th Century
By Johann Carl Schoenheit, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Excellent Meissen porcelain genre group: The father in domestic garb (housecoat over elaborate house clothes, slippers, high cap) sitting on a cushioned bench and busy supervising hi...
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Late 20th Century German Rococo Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Large Meissen Pair Of Gardener Figurines, By Kaendler & Schoenheit, Ca 1860
By Johann Joachim Kaendler, Johann Carl Schoenheit, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Gardener couple consisting of two individual figures. The female gardener wears rural rococo clothing: a dress with elaborate floral decoration and pinned-up apron, corset and border...
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Mid-19th Century German Baroque Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Children Group Girl With Child A. Koenig, Meissen Germany, c 1905
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare Meissen Art Nouveau porcelain figure group: Girl and child in clothing from around 1900, the girl in a blue patterned long-sleeved dress with a white apron kneeling on the ...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Figure Group 'Ice-Scaters', by Alfred Koenig, Meissen Germany, 1910
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Delicate and rare Meissen Art Nouveau porcelain group: Skating couple in elegant winter clothing: The lady in a long, white skirt with a green decorated hem, green jacket and white cap, and long ermine scarf, the gallant in a fine, sporty, brown checkered suit...
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1910s German Art Nouveau Vintage Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Art Nouveau Porcelain Group 'The Mermaid Catch', by E. Herter, Meissen Ca 1900
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Exquisite Large Meissen Art Nouveau Porcelain Group: Exceptional detailed depiction of an unclothed sturdy fisherman with thick beard, freeing his catch, a beautiful mermaid adorned ...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Large Meissen Figurine 'King August III In Roman Harness' by J.J. Kaendler, 1924
By Meissen Porcelain, Johann Joachim Kaendler
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare and impressive porcelain statuette: Like all Baroque rulers, Augustus the Strong and his son Augustus III cultivated demonstrations of their power to represent and legitimi...
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Early 20th Century German Baroque Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Pair of Luneville Faience Wall Décor Vases from 1900
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in LA FERTÉ-SOUS-JOUARRE, FR
A stunning set of two wall-mounted flower holders in fine Lunéville faience. These two graceful vases are shaped like cones and adorned with characteristic flower bouquets commonly f...
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Early 20th Century German Rococo Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Faience

Pair 18th Century Meissen Porcelain & French Doré Three Arm Bronze Candelabras
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
18th Century Meissen Porcelain and French Doré Bronze Candelabras with Applied Porcelain Flowers Step into an era where Meissen porcelain meets French doré bronze in a harmonious bl...
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18th Century German Louis XVI Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Ormolu

Meissen Figurine 'Estrella', Russian Ballet 'Carnival', by Paul Scheurich, 20th
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Finest Meissen Porcelain Figurine: Dancer balancing on her toes, turning her head to the right and bringing her right hand indecisively to her chin, while with her left hand she per...
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Mid-20th Century German Biedermeier Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Figurine 'Chiarina', Russian Ballet 'Carnival', by Paul Scheurich, 20th
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Finest Meissen Porcelain Figurine: Dancer balancing on the ball of her left foot, lifting her right leg slightly forward with her foot extended downward, leaning her head to the righ...
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Mid-20th Century German Biedermeier Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Antique German Meissen Dresden Porcelain Snake Handle Mantel Urn Vase 12"
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Dayton, OH
"Meissen porcelain or Meissen china was the first European hard-paste porcelain. Early experiments were done in 1708 by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus. After his death that Octob...
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20th Century Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Porcelain Large Figurine Group 'Zephyr & Flora' By C.G. Juechtzer C.1860
By Meissen Porcelain, Christian Gottfried Juechtzer
Located in Vienna, AT
Excellent large and rare Meissen figurine group from the 19th century: The winged Zephyr, the gentle wind god, and Flora, goddess of vegetation and blossom, loosely wrapped in cloths...
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1850s German Classical Greek Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Large Allegorical Group 'The Earth' by M.V. Acier, Germany Around 1850
By Meissen Porcelain, Michel Victor Acier 1
Located in Vienna, AT
Excellent Meissen porcelain group of the 19th century: Depiction of the goddess Kybele, the great Phrygian mother of the gods 'Magna Mater', seated with a mural crown on a reclining lion, holding a cornucopia on her lap, symbol of wealth and abundance, behind her standing on a rock a female cupid presenting a key, surrounded by further three cupids with flowers, crops and rake, symbolising agriculture and the cultivation of the earth. The group is based on an irregular earth and rock base with a gold rim. Kybele usually wears a crown in the shape of a city wall on her head as an attribute and is depicted in castles, monasteries and baroque gardens, especially in the 18th century. In cycles showing the four elements, she embodies the earth. That is why she is often presented with the sun and moon to her right and left. In the other hand she may carry a staff of office, a sceptre, as a symbol of rulership complementing the mural crown. In the other hand she carries a small kettledrum, which may symbolise the noise of her madness or the festivities held in her honour. Often Kybele rides on a lion or a pair of lions, or she rides on a chariot drawn by two lions. Spikes of corn, poppies, flowers or fruit in bowls may also be shown. wikipwdia. Designer: MICHAEL VICTOR ACIER (1736 Versailles - 1799 Dresden) Trained as a sculptor in Paris, he received a call to the porcelain factory in Meissen in 1762: he created a large number of groups in the Watteau style...
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Mid-19th Century German Baroque Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Art Déco Mantle Clock with Two Putti by Paul Scheurich 1934-1947
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Excellent Meissen Rococo Style Piece of Art: On a curved base plate with diamond pattern in marble look, sculptured cushions with tassel decoration, on the side seated figures, girl ...
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Early 20th Century German Rococo Revival Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Porcelain Plate Red Court Dragon Mark 1850-1925
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Milano, MI
Meissen porcelain plate, Neuer Ausschnitt shape, with red Court Dragon decoration, mark 1850 - 1925. Wall hanging structure available. Ø cm 25 Meissen Porcelain was one of the fir...
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1910s German Art Nouveau Vintage Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Rare Meissen Figure Group 'Cupids On Dolphin' by Heinrich Schwabe Circa 1890
By Heinrich Schwabe 1, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare and loving porcelain figure group of the 19th century: Two cupids with a dolphin on a restless sea, one of the boys dressed only in cloths sitting on the animal's back and ...
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1890s German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Art Nouveau Figurine, Young Lady Ball Player by Walter Schott, ca 1910
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Extremely decorative, fully sculptural representation of an Art Nouveau beauty in a softly falling robe, tilted forward to throw a golden ball, with the left forearm holding the back...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Porcelain figurine musicians by Meissen, 19th Century
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Lisbon, PT
A Saxony art piece, large polychrome porcelain of a figurine of a male violinist and a women`s percussionist musicians decorated in the pierrot. A dreamlike motif of youth playing mu...
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19th Century German Baroque Revival Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Splendour Clock With Flora And Flowers By J.J. Kaendler, Gernamy Ca 1860
By Johann Joachim Kaendler, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Clock case rising on a column with a three-passage base, richly decorated with rocailles and delicate, plastically formed flowers and leaves surrounding the dial, crowned by a flora...
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1860s German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Porcelain "Little Gardener With Basket" Model #2
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Atlanta, GA
Nice small figurine of a little girl in dress and flowers, made by famous German manufactory Meissen. The model was created in 1770s by Johann J. Kändler as a part of "Gärtenkinder"...
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20th Century German Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Antique German Dresden Meissen Porcelain Trinket Jewlery Box Continental Scene
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Dublin, Ireland
Stunning example of a German hand painted on porcelain ormolu mounted trinket or jewellery box of small proportions, made is Dresden, Germany by Meissen, mid Nineteenth Century. T...
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Mid-19th Century German Victorian Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Ormolu

Meissen Art Nouveau Figurine Pair Snowball Thrower & Girl, A. Koenig, c 1910
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Very charming Meissen Art Nouveau porcelain figurines: Boy in dark blue jacket, under it a brown vest, striped pants and lace-up shoes, on his head a green cap with a wide brim, a wh...
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1910s German Art Nouveau Vintage Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Vase mural bouquetière à décor d'ange en barbotine en porcelaine de Meissen
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in LA FERTÉ-SOUS-JOUARRE, FR
Cette magnifique pièce de décoration murale présente un vase d'applique ou bouquetière en porcelaine de Meissen. Deux charmants chérubins tiennent des bouquets de fleurs délicates dans leurs mains, ajoutant une touche angélique à l'ensemble. Ils sont assis sur un puits en porcelaine blanche, sur lequel des fleurs grimpent élégamment, créant un tableau d'une grande beauté. Ces deux anges aux cheveux blonds sont d'une grande finesse et leur niveau de détail est tout simplement remarquable. De plus, les nombreuses caractéristiques minutieuses des fleurs en barbotine ajoutent une dimension artistique supplémentaire à cette pièce. Ce vase mural peut être suspendu aisément grâce à sa anse en porcelaine, offrant une flexibilité d'affichage dans votre intérieur. De plus, il est authentifié par la signature au verso, arborant le symbole distinctif de la manufacture de Meissen, gage de qualité et d'authenticité. Cette œuvre constitue un cadeau exceptionnel à offrir à un être cher à Noël...
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20th Century German Rococo Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Rare Meissen Rococo Genre Group 'The Happy Parents', by M V Acier, Circa 1860
By Meissen Porcelain, Michel Victor Acier 1
Located in Vienna, AT
Exceptional Meissen porcelain group of the 19th century: Young mother in elaborate Rococo house dress: Ruched wide long skirt, bodice, fitted frilled coat with hood, the upswept hair covered by a high voluminous bonnet with ruched hem and bows, sitting on a splendid Louis XVI style bench and placing her right foot on a stool, beside her the happy spouse in frock coat, waistcoat over frilled shirt and knee breeches with white stockings, both embracing each other at the back and looking down at the baby wrapped in cloth and lying half naked on a cushion on both their laps, the father guiding his right hand to the mother's chin in an affectionate gesture. Behind them a little boy in a playsuit and hat, holding a bowl and blowing soap bubbles with a tube. The group is based on an oval natural base with sculpted flowers and foliage and gold heightened lateral frieze decoration. Particularly elaborate, detailed design and staffage. Designed by MICHAEL VICTOR ACIER (1736 - 1799) Skilled as a sculptor in Paris, he received a call to the porcelain manufactory in Meissen in 1764, and was there, after Kändler's death in 1775, solely responsible for the artistic interests of the manufactory. He created a large number of groups in the Watteau style...
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Mid-19th Century German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Porcelain "Grape Picker Boy" - Gardeners Series No. 8 Model
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Atlanta, GA
Meissen Porcelain "Grape Picker Boy" - Gardeners Series No. 8 Model. Meissen Grape Collector first modelled by J J Kaendler 1740 Number 8 From a series of Gardners
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20th Century German Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Antique Meissen Porcelain Miniature Vase Handpainted Onion Pattern with Gold
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Bad Säckingen, DE
This antique miniature vase from Meissen is a remarkable example of fine porcelain craftsmanship. Crafted from pristine white porcelain, it f...
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1910s German Art Nouveau Vintage Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Large Meissen Figurine Allegory 'The Painting' by Johann Christian Hirt, ca 1885
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Extremely decorative full plastic depiction of a young beauty in classical style, with a bare breast, covering the bare abdomen with a large cloth held together with a shoulder strap...
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1880s German Classical Roman Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Large Meissen Hand Painted Gilded Porcelain Serving Plate/Tray
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vilnius, LT
Large Meissen Porcelain serving plate/tray with hand painted floral motives and rich gold decor.
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20th Century German Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

18th Century Meissen Porcelain Figurine, 'Pair of Lovers', Model No 571
By Johann Joachim Kaendler, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Maidstone, GB
18th Century Meissen Porcelain Figurines, Pair of Lovers. Model 571. Sitting lovers, designed by Johann Joachim Kaendler, above a base covered with plastic flowers and leaves, shep...
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1740s German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Group 'Triumph Of Apollo Over Python' for Catherine II of Russia, c 1860
By Johann Joachim Kaendler, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare and excellent porcelain sculpture: Kaendler created the group Apollo and Python as a triangular composition in March and May of1774. Apollo stands in the highest place as the radiant victor over the dragon Python and over the personification of envy, both of whom lie slain at his feet. To the left, Minerva sits as the goddess of prudent war, turning her gaze to the hero. Dressed in helmet and armor, she carries a spear in her right hand and an olive branch in her left, while the owl next to her right foot indicates her identity as Pallas Athena. Just like Apollo, the tsarina protected by Minerva is supposed to leave the envious behind and always triumph over evil. The group is based on stepped, irregular, yet symmetrical, partially curved base with gold raised frieze decoration and was made in two parts, which were then joined and screwed together. The design of this group belongs to the models of the 'Great Russian Order...
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Mid-19th Century German Baroque Antique Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Figurine 'Bajazzo', Russian Ballet 'Carnival', by Paul Scheurich, 20th
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Finest Meissen Porcelain Figurine: Posing dancer, depicting Vaclav Nijinsky as a bajazzo (or harlequin), with his upper body leaning slightly forward, standing on his right leg, slig...
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Mid-20th Century German Art Deco Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Meissen Porcelain decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs.

Meissen Porcelain decorative objects are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Meissen Porcelain decorative objects, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original decorative objects by Meissen Porcelain were created in the Rococo style in europe during the 19th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Johann Joachim Kändler, Aelteste Volkstedter Porzellanmanufaktur, and Michel Victor Acier. Prices for Meissen Porcelain decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $323 and can go as high as $225,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,108.
Questions About Meissen Porcelain Decorative Objects
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To spot a fake Meissen, first, check the maker’s mark, generally found on the bottom of the porcelain. Meissen used a simple mark, so if you spot one that appears too embellished, it may be a fake. Shop a collection of properly vetted Meissen porcelain from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.

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