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Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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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
Exceptional Pair of Antique Meissen Porcelain Hunting Groups with Horses & Dogs
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional and quite large pair of 19th century antique Meissen porcelain hunting groups with "The Prince" and "The Princess" each riding a horse followed by a bunch of hunting d...
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Late 19th Century Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Statue 'the Juggler' By Peter Strang For Franklin Mint. Germany 1970s
By Peter Strang, Franklin MInt, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
Extremely high quality porcelain figure named 'The Juggler'. This clown, inspired on the Commedia dell'arte collection is designed and made by Peter Strang who worked in the 1970's f...
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1970s German Rococo Revival Vintage Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Old or Antique Meissen Porcelain Figurine of Cupid with Bound Wings
By Meissen Porcelain, Heinrich Schwabe 1
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine old or antique Meissen porcelain figurine. Depicting Cupid sitting atop a rock with a sad expression, both hands and wings bound behind his back. Atop a circular gilt Rococo...
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Late 19th Century German Rococo Revival Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Couple figure in Meissen porcelain, Design by Johann Joachim Kaendler
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Autonomous City Buenos Aires, CABA
Couple figure in Meissen porcelain, Design by Johann Joachim Kaendler Group of shepherds with tree Naturalistic oval base. A shepherd couple sitting together under leafy oak trees. T...
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19th Century German Belle Époque Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

19th Century Meissen Monkey Band French Horn Player Member Figurine
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Atlanta, GA
The Meissen Monkey Band, also known as the Monkey Orchestra, is a collection of 19-21 porcelain monkey figures that were created between 1747 and 1...
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19th Century German Regency Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Art Nouveau Figurine, Young Lady Ball Player by Walter Schott, ca 1940
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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1930s German Art Nouveau Vintage Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Pair of 18th Century Meissen Porcelain Bouquetiere Figures
By Johann Joachim Kaendler, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Maidstone, GB
A pair of Meissen bouquetiere figures Circa 1765, both with 'Christie's East' dealer stamps. Modelled by J.J. Kändler holding oval two-handled baskets, the tops pierced for flowers, ...
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1760s German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Art Nouveau Figurine, Young Lady Ring Thrower, by R. Boeltzig, Ca 1924
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Extremely decorative full-sculptural representation of an Art Nouveau beauty in softly falling robe held together by straps on the upper part of the body with partially exposed breas...
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1920s German Art Nouveau Vintage Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Antique German Meissen Continental Porcelain Parrot Bird Green Gilt 19th Century
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Dublin, Ireland
Very Stylish German Meissen Glazed Porcelain Parrot of exceptional quality, last quarter of the Nineteenth Century. Naturalistically modelled and perched on a tree stump above a roc...
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19th Century German Late Victorian Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Ceramic, Porcelain, Pottery

Meissen 19th Century Porcelain Figure "Gentleman"
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Autonomous City Buenos Aires, CABA
Meissen 19th Century Porcelain Figure "Gentleman" Beautiful porcelain figure representing a man of the time, in white and blue with gold details with a bo...
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19th Century German Napoleon III Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

18th Century Meissen Porcelain Figure, 'Rhesus Monkey and child'
By Meissen Porcelain, Johann Joachim Kaendler
Located in Maidstone, GB
18th Century Meissen Porcelain Figure, Rhesus Monkey and child, model 1464, circa 1750 . Modelled by J.J. Kändler. Monkey, with outstretched hand holding fruit, and child chained ...
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1740s German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

18th Century Meissen Porcelain Figures, 'Turkish / Persian Lady & Gentleman'
By Meissen Porcelain, Johann Joachim Kaendler
Located in Maidstone, GB
18th Century Meissen Porcelain Figures, Turkish / Persian Lady & Gentleman. circa 1755 Both designed by Johann Joachim Kaendler, Rare and early examples of both models.
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1750s German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

18th Century Meissen Porcelain Figurine, 'Pair of Gardeners', Model No 1584
By Johann Joachim Kaendler, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Maidstone, GB
18th Century Meissen Porcelain Figurines, Pair of Gardeners. Model 1584. A couple of gardeners, designed by Johann Joachim Kaendler, with flowers and vegetable basket, sitting / s...
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1750s German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Antique Pair of German Meissen Continental Parrots Birds Green Gilt 19th Century
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Dublin, Ireland
Very Stylish Pair of German Meissen Glazed Porcelain Parrots of exceptional quality, last quarter of the Nineteenth Century. Each naturalistically modelled and perched on tree stum...
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19th Century German Late Victorian Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Ceramic, Porcelain, Pottery

18th Century Meissen Porcelain Figure, 'Piedmontese Bagpiper'
By Meissen Porcelain, Johann Joachim Kaendler
Located in Maidstone, GB
18th Century Meissen Porcelain Figure, Piedmontese bagpiper. Modelled by J.J. Kändler after an engraving by Jacques Dumont, wearing a black hat with brown feather, fur-lined white...
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1740s German Rococo Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Allegorical Group 'The Agriculture', by M.V. Acier, Germany, Ca 1870
By Michel Victor Acier 1, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Excellent Meissen porcelain group of the 19th century. Very large depiction of the allegory of agriculture grouped around an apple tree: in the foreground an elderly man chopping wood...
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Late 19th Century German Baroque Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Rare pair of 19th Century, ormolu mounted Meissen Parrots. 49cm
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Brighton, Sussex
An rare and important pair of 19th Century Meissen porcelain Parrots, each with wonderful bold colouring and detail, perched on tree stumps, one with cherries in its claw, mounted on...
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19th Century German Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Art Nouveau Figure of a Girl with Cherries by Paul Helmig, circa 1910
By Meissen Porcelain, Paul Helmig
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine German Art Nouveau porcelain figurine. By Meissen. Modeled by Paul Helmig. Depicting a a girl holding a basket of cherries in one hand and eating cherries with the other. D...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Ensemble Of 5 Models, Russian Ballet 'Carnival', by Paul Scheurich, 20th
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Set of finest Meissen Porcelain Figures: 'HARLEKIN & COLUMBINE' Dancing couple depicting the figures of the Harlequin and the Columbine: Dancer balancing on her toes in an elaborate crinoline dress with a plunging neckline, her hair artfully pinned up with floral decorations, her outstretched arms pressed down in front of her and her head tilted to the left with her mouth open, facing her dance partner, the latter dressed in colourfully patterned harlequin trousers with a white shirt and a large black bow, He is dressed in colourful, patterned harlequin trousers with a white shirt and a large black bow, which he presses against his chest with his left hand, and a black cap that reaches down over his eyes like a mask, the batte on his hip, nestling against the dancer's side and burying his right arm around her hips in the ruffles of her dress and suggesting a kiss with his mouth open. The group is supported by a pedestal beneath the dancer's skirt and rests on an oval plinth painted with a diamond pattern and floral decoration. Height: 10.62 in Blue Meissen crossed swords mark of the 20th century Year's sign 1977 Model nr. 73306 (D 287) / Former's nr. 123 'ESTRELLA' Dancer balancing on her toes, turning her head to the right and bringing her right hand indecisively to her chin while making a defensive gesture with her left hand - feigning horror at the stormy courtship of her gallant Eusebius. She is wearing a crinoline dress decorated with flowers and a bonnet. The figure is supported by a pedestal and rests on an oval plinth painted with a diamond pattern. Height: 10.62 in Blue Meissen crossed swords mark 1934-1947 Model nr. D 285 / Former's nr. 48 / Painter's nr. 15 'CHIARINA' Dancer balancing on the ball of her left foot, raising her right leg slightly forwards with her foot stretched downwards, leaning her head to the right and elegantly bringing both arms to her left side, flowers in her hands. She is wearing an elaborate crinoline dress with a flowered top and a bonnet, with a mask, fan and flowers scattered on the floor. The figure is supported by a pedestal and rests on an oval plinth painted with a diamond pattern. Height: 10.43 in Blue Meissen crossed swords mark 1934-1947 Modellnr. D 286 / Former's nr. 51 / Painter's nr. 12 'EUSEBIUS' Dancer in a wide lunge, his upper body turned to the right with his arm stretched backwards, holding his left hand to his heart and adoring his beloved Chiarina. He wears his hair parted in curls, his costume in the style of a dandy with chequered trousers, a tight-fitting blue tailcoat with a flower pinned to the lapel, top hat, mask and riding crop at his feet. The figure is supported by a rock and rests...
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Mid-20th Century German Biedermeier Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Figurine Spanish Dancer With Fan And Castanet, by Paul Scheurich, 20th
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Exceptional Meissen Porcelain Figurine: Dancer in a skirt puffed out around the hips with a tight, strapless and backless top with golden buttons, posing with a fan and castanet, a s...
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1940s German Art Deco Vintage Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

19th Century Meissen Grouping of Two Puttos Caging a Hen
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th Century Meissen Grouping of Two Puttos Caging a Hen  Germany, circa 1875 A charming 19th-century Meissen Grouping of Two Puttos Caging a Hen, originating from Germany circa 187...
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19th Century German Neoclassical Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Art Nouveau Group 'The Air' by Paul Helmig, Germany Around 1900
By Paul Helmig, Meissen Porcelain
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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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Porcelain

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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Costume Group, Couple Dressed In Empire Style, by H. Goeschl, Ca 1940
By Meissen Porcelain, Heinrich Goeschl
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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 pinne...
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Mid-19th Century German Baroque Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Animal Figure, Rooster On Wood Pile, by J.J. Kaendler, Germany, 20th
By Meissen Porcelain, Johann Joachim Kaendler
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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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Porcelain

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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Porcelain Large Figurine Group 'Zephyr & Flora' By C.G. Juechtzer C.1860
By Christian Gottfried Juechtzer, Meissen Porcelain
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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Porcelain Boy with Dog Figure
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine antique German porcelain figure of a boy with a dog by world renowned makers Meissen and dating from the 19th century. The figure of a young boy in typical period dress stands...
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19th Century German Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

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 white scarf around his neck, with his right arm reaching far back to throw a snowball at the girl, with his left hand holding more prepared snowballs to his chest. The boy is supported from behind by a small toboggan and is based on round snow base. The girl in purple flowered dress...
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1910s German Art Nouveau Vintage Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Art Nouveau Figurine, Girl With Doll's Pram, by Konrad Hentschel, 1905
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Art Nouveau Meissen porcelain figure from the time the model was created: The girl in a white dress and with a blue bow in her long hair bends over the wicker doll's pram and places ...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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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 Sculptures

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Porcelain

18th Century Meissen Porcelain Figurine, 'Pair of Lovers', Model No 571
By Meissen Porcelain, Johann Joachim Kaendler
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 Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Germany Art Nouveau Figurine Girl With Shawl, by Theodor Eichler, c 1913
By Theodor Eichler, Meissen Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Depiction of a young unclothed Art Nouveau girl with artfully pinned up hair with incorporated hood, a large striped cloth wrapped around her right fo...
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1910s German Art Nouveau Vintage Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain

Meissen Great Dane White Porcelain Dog
By Meissen Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
Meissen great dane white porcelain dog. Antique white porcelain dog sculpture of a great dane beautifully modeled with original custom conforming red velvet covered base, with markin...
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Mid-19th Century German Antique Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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Porcelain, Velvet

Meissen Porcelain sculptures for sale on 1stDibs.

Meissen porcelain sculptures are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of porcelain and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Meissen Porcelain sculptures, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original sculptures 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 sculptures by Johann Joachim Kändler, Michel Victor Acier, and Nymphenburg Porcelain. Prices for Meissen Porcelain sculptures can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $414 and can go as high as $101,280, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,108.

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  • 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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