Meissen Porcelain Sculptures

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.

19th Century Meissen Porcelain Figural Group of a Courting Couple
19th Century Meissen Porcelain Figural Group of...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 19th Century Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
A Meissen Porcelain figural group of a courting couple, 1815-1860, with blue underglazed crossed swords mark to underside, incised "612" and impressed "122.".  
Meissen Hentschel "Mädchen mit Puppe" #164 Porcelain Figurine
Meissen Hentschel "Mädchen mit Puppe" #164 Porc...
Meissen Porcelain, Julius Konrad Hentschel
Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen Hentschel "Mädchen mit Puppe" #164 porcelain figurine, modeled by Julius Konrad Hentschel (1872-1907) depicting a child dragging a finely painted doll, original model, impres...
Big Meissen Porcelain Figure Cavalier of the Freimaurer Order with Pug
Big Meissen Porcelain Figure Cavalier of the Fr...
Meissen Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Big Meissen porcelain figure cavalier of the Freimaurer order with pug. Meissen after 1945 with very fine painting. Design: Johann Joachim Kaendler. The condition of the ...
Rare Meissen Porcelain Figure Group as Card Player
Rare Meissen Porcelain Figure Group as Card Player
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Rare Meissen Porcelain figure group as card player. Meissen circa 1890 with very fine detail working Design by Johann Joachim Kaendler. Model no.: 1291. The condition of ...
Big Meissen Porcelain Figure as Shepherdess with Birdcage
Big Meissen Porcelain Figure as Shepherdess wit...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Big Meissen porcelain figure as shepherdess with birdcage. Meissen circa 1880-1890 Design by Johann Joachim Kaendler Meissen 1 Wahl, first condition The figure is in a g...
Rare Meissen Porcelain Art Nouveau Figure as a Girl with Dog
Rare Meissen Porcelain Art Nouveau Figure as a ...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Rare Meissen Porcelain Art Nouveau figure as a girl with dog. Meissen, circa 1890. Design by Jacob Ungerer The condition of the figure is very good. Meissen 1 Wahl, ...
Fine Meissen Porcelain Figure of a Rabbit after a Model by J. J. Kandler
Fine Meissen Porcelain Figure of a Rabbit after...
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1920s German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
A fine Meissen Porcelain rabbit figure, after a model by J.J. Kandler; with blue double-crossed swords underglaze mark including a blue dot between swords, Indicative of the Pfeiffer...
Old Meissen Porcelain Figure as Wiggle Pagoda with Gold and Flower Painting
Old Meissen Porcelain Figure as Wiggle Pagoda w...
Meissen Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Old Meissen porcelain figure as Wiggle Pagoda with gold and flower painting. The porcelain Pagoda have movable hands and movable head. Design by Johann Joachim Kaendler. M...
Big Old Meissen Porcelain Figure Lady with Mohr with Fine Painting
Big Old Meissen Porcelain Figure Lady with Mohr...
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1920s German Porcelain
Porcelain
Big old Meissen Porcelain figure lady with Mohr with fine painting. Meissen circa 1924 Design by Paul Scheurich The figure has a height of ca. 29.5 cm and a width of ...
Big and Very Rare Meissen Porcelain Hunting Terrine in Snowball Decor
Big and Very Rare Meissen Porcelain Hunting Ter...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Big and very rare Meissen Porcelain Hunting Terrine in snowball decor with very fine painting and detail working. Meissen arround 1900 century. The Terrine is in a Good Condi...
Meissen Pug Dog

Meissen Pug Dog

By Meissen Porcelain
Meissen Pug Dog
Meissen Porcelain, J.J. Kaendler
Antique 1750s German Rococo Ceramics
Ceramic
A fine Meissen pug dog modelled by Kaendler, on a gilt bronze rococo base.
Big Meissen Porcelain Figure ''The Chocolate Girl"
Big Meissen Porcelain Figure ''The Chocolate Girl"
Meissen Porcelain
21st Century and Contemporary Porcelain
Porcelain
Big and Rare Meissen Porcelain Figure '' The Chocolate Girl " "A model after the pastel of Jean-Etienne Liotard 1702 Geneva-1789 ebda, 1745 painted in Vienna ". The Figur...
Big Meissen Porcelain Figure August III on Hors...
Meissen Porcelain
Late 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Big rare Meissen porcelain figure August III on horseback. The porcelain figure was made after 1945 and is very detailed and richly painted . The condition of the figure is v...
Meissen Porcelain Figures Harlequin with Bagpip...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1750s German Porcelain
Porcelain
Two Meissen figures as harlequin with bagpipe and Tyrolean with hurdy-gurdy. The figures was made from Johann Joachim Kaendler in the 18 century, circa 1750. The figures...
Meissen Art Nouveau Figure, Bowl with Nereide a...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Very rare Meissen Art Nouveau figure - Bowl with Nereide and Tritons. The figure was made from Paul Helmig at the end of the 19 century. The condition of the figure is very g...
Two Art Nouveau Meissen Porcelain Figures as Pi...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1890s German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Two beautiful and very rare Art Nouveau Meissen porcelain figures as Pierrette and Pierrot. The designer of the figure is Martin Wiegand. Modell - No Y 165 and Modell - No Y 16...
Meissen Porcelain Figure Hentschelkind Child on...
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Old beautiful Meissen porcelain figure Hentschelkind child on horse. The porcelain figure is from 1905 and the designer is Konrad Hentschel. The porcelain figure is in a good c...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Bolognese Dog Figurine
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Rococo Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
A good, antique Meissen porcelain figurine of a Bolognese dog. The Bolognese is a much loved breed of the Bichon group cultivated by Italian aristocracy perhaps as much as a mill...
Meissen Porcelain Panther, circa 1920
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1920s German Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
Blanc de chine panther. Signed Erich Oehme.
Pair of Meissen Porcelain Figures of Parrots St...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1870s German Rococo Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
A Magnificent and large pair of antique meissen porcelain figures of colorful parrots, each standing on a tree branch with cherries and beautiful foliage after a model by J. J. Kandl...
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,...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
Modelled by Ivar Tillberg. Crossed swords Meissen mark in underglaze blue.
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...
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...
18th Century Group in Saxe Porcelain "Тhe Singi...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Mid-18th Century German Rococo Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Group in polychrome Saxe porcelain called 'The singing lesson' by Meissen A maestro beating the rhythm for two courtesan’s vocalists and a musician granting his viol in a decoration ...
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 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...
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.
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...
Pair of Meissen Porcelain Figurines, Boy Carryi...
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century German Neoclassical Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Beautiful hand-painted porcelain figures of a boy carrying a goat. This has a blue Meissen crossed swords mark to the base of circa 1920s. Very fine condition with no damage an...
Pair of Meissen Porcelain Models of Parrots
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Mid-19th Century German Rococo Revival Porcelain
Porcelain
Pair of Meissen Porcelain models of parrots. Each naturalistically modeled perched on a tree-stump and rockwork base enriched in gilt. Impeccable quality, very finely hand carved and...
German Meissen Blanc de Chine Style Porcelain F...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Victorian Porcelain
Porcelain
German Meissen Blanc de Chine style porcelain figures of courting couple in Colonial garb, crossed sword mark on base, circa 1880. Measure: 9.5" H x 5.5" W x 3.5" D.
Tirolean Lady, Meissen 18th Century
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 18th Century German Rococo Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Polychrome painted porcelain figurine of a Tirolean lady playing the zither. Blue swords mark on the bottom.
19th Century Meissen Porcelain Satyr with Goat ...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Other Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Exceptional Meissen Porcelain figure of a Bacchanalian Putti-Satyr riding a goat. Whimsical cherub holding grapes with vines entwining. All hand-painted and made by the gold standar...
Meissen Animal Figurine Parrot Macaw 19th Centu...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Baroque Revival Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen outstanding animal figurine: Parrot (Macaw) with cherries, sitting on a tree's stump model A 43. Outstanding Meissen animal figurine: Its style is strongly influenced by Ka...
Exceptional Pair of Antique Meissen Porcelain H...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century Rococo Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
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...
Meissen Kaendler Figurine Tailor Riding on Goat...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1870s German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen Gorgeous figurine called 'Tailor Of Count Bruehl Riding On Goat.' Measures / dimensions: Height: 22.5 cm (8.85 inches ). measures of base: 14.5 x 7.5 cm (5.70 x 2.95 in...
Antique Meissen "Europa on the Bull" Porcelain ...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Rococo Revival Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
This famous porcelain group depicts the myth of Europa being captivated by Zeus in the form of a beautiful white bull. Meissen's renowned artists capture every detail in full, gorgeo...
Meissen Porcelain Figurine of Cherub as Scottis...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Edwardian Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Delightful little Meissen porcelain figurine of a cherub as a Scottish lass, curtsying for a dance. From the tam atop her head to her plaid kilt to her little bare feet, she is a ros...
Meissen Figurine of Two Chickens
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
Meissen figurine of two chickens. Measures: 22 cm H (8 21/32"). 18 cm diameter (7 3/32"). The chicken in front of the rooster chicken has a minor reparation on its tale.
Meissen Figurine of Two Prairie Foxes
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
Meissen figurine of two prairie foxes. Measures: 15.2 x 9.6 x 15.2 cm (5 63/64" x 3 25/32" x 5 63/64").
Paul Scheurich for Meissen, Resting Nobleman, P...
Meissen Porcelain, Paul Scheurich
Vintage 1920s German Belle Époque Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Presented here is one of the finest Meissen porcelain figurines of the Art Deco period by Professor Paul Scheurich (1883-1945), who is acknowledged to be one of the 20th century's gr...
Meissen Figurine of Boy with Flute and Wine Barrel
Meissen Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Meissen Figurine of Boy with Flute and Wine Barrel. Likely from after 1934
Meisen Figurine of Winged Putti Holding a Flora...
Meissen Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Meissen Figurine of Winged Putti holding a Floral Wine. Likely from after 1934. In perfect condition with no chips.
Meissen Model of a "Gaulker Adler"
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
A Meissen model of a "Gaukler Adler" first modelled by Paul Walther in 1906.
18th Century Meissen Porcelain Group of Venus a...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Mid-18th Century German Arts and Crafts Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Venus's robe decorated with gilt flowers, Cupid with a green cloak and gilt wings, the rocky base applied with leaves and flowers, the underside with faded underglaze blue crossed sw...
Count Bruhl's Tailor on a Goat Porcelain Figure...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Other Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
One of Meissen’s more curious pieces, this delightful porcelain statue is entitled “Count Brühl’s Tailor on a Goat,” and is considered by most experts to be one of Meissen's greatest...
Pair of Antique Meissen Porcelain Models of Bol...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
One dog with black and white fur, the other brown and white fur, both with relief moulding to the body, the bases marked in underglaze blue with inscribed marks of Meissen. These ...
Meissen Porcelain of a Man on a Goat
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Animal Sculptures
Meissen Porcelain of a merry man on a goat.
19th Century Meissen Porcelain Group of Blind M...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
A good quality 19th century Meissen Porcelain group of three cherubs playing blind man’s buff. One blind folded, one seated on a chair the other reading on the floor. Signed on the ...
Meissen Porcelain Figure of a Bacchic Boy with ...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 18th Century German Louis XV Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
The boy feeding the recumbent leopard grapes, wearing a vine wreath and a purple cloak painted with flowers, the base modelled with gilt-edged scroll work. Crossed swords mark in un...

19th Century Meissen Group

By Meissen Porcelain
19th Century Meissen Group
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century French Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Antique Meissen German porcelain group sculpture titled the "Capture of an Infant Triton". Depicts two nymphs and a cherub holding a net filled with fish and a struggling baby Triton...
Meissen Porcelain Figural Group Emblematic of t...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 18th Century German Louis XVI Porcelain
Porcelain
The seated lady in the Rococo fashion at her dressing table looking into a mirror, with under glazed blue crossed sword mark.
Large Meissen Porcelain Model of a Cockatoo
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
Perched from a naturalistic tree stump base applied with foliage, with orange glaze to the back of its head, with blue crossed sword marks to underside and incised 1778 and with pres...
Meissen Porcelain Figure of Elephant
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
A meticulously handcrafted and hand-painted Meissen porcelain figure of an elephant. Crafted with the finest details, the artist paid exceptional attention to the most minute wrinkle...
Meissen Porcelain Figure of German Shepherd Dog
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
An exquisitely crafted Meissen Porcelain figure of a German Shepherd dog from the sought after Pfeiffer Period. hand-painted underglaze in black and brown, bearing the famous blue cr...
Pair of Large 19th Century Meissen Parrots
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
A very impressive pair of 19th century Meissen parrots, each decorated in wonderful bold colors and perched on tree stumps, one with cherries in its claw.
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