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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.

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...
18th Century Rare Meissen Underglaze-Blue-Ground Cream Pot and Cover
18th Century Rare Meissen Underglaze-Blue-Groun...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 18th Century Pottery
Porcelain
rare meissen underglaze-blue-ground cream pot and a cover, circa 1730, on three paw feet picked out in puce, the sides reserved with three quatrelobe panels painted in Kakiemon style...
Meissen Snake Handles Vase Painted Model E 153 Designed by Leuteritz, circa 1870
Meissen Snake Handles Vase Painted Model E 153 ...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1870s German Empire Revival Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen snake handles vase designed by Leuteritz Manufactory: Meissen Dating: made circa 1870 Hallmarked: Meissen Mark with Pommels on Hilts (19th century) First quality mod...
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 ...
Big Meissen Porcelain Plate with Beautiful Flowers Painting in Cobalt Blue N3
Big Meissen Porcelain Plate with Beautiful Flow...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Big and rare Meissen porcelain plate with beautiful flowers painting in cobalt blue with gold painting. Meissen circa 1890 with very fine flower painting after Julius Eduard Bra...
Big Old and Very Rare Meissen Porcelain Vases as a Pair in Snowball Decor
Big Old and Very Rare Meissen Porcelain Vases a...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 18th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Big old and very rare Meissen Porcelain vases as a pair in snowball forget me not decor. Crowned with the Royal Polish-Lithuanian and the electoral Saxon coat of arms emblem. D...
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...
Big Meissen Porcelain Plate with Beautiful Flowers Painting in Cobalt Blue N4
Big Meissen Porcelain Plate with Beautiful Flow...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Big and rare Meissen porcelain plate with beautiful flowers painting in cobalt blue with gold painting. Meissen, circa 1890 with very fine flower painting after Julius Eduard Br...
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, ...
Rare Meissen Porcelain Plate with Playing Puttis and Pigeons in Red
Rare Meissen Porcelain Plate with Playing Putti...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Rare Meissen porcelain plate with playing puttis and pigeons in red background and gold painting. Meissen circa 1890 The condition of the plate is very good . Meissen 1 Wah...
Very Big and Rare Meissen Porcelain Pot Vase in...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Very big old and rare Meissen Porcelain pot vase in snowball decor with plastic flowers and birds with goldpainting. Meissen, circa 1900 with Many Detail Work. The pot vase i...
Very Big and Old Meissen Porcelain Vase in Snow...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Very big and old Meissen porcelain vase in snowball decor with two birds plastic flowers. Meissen arround 1900 with very detail work Meissen 1 wahl, first condition The ...
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...
Very Rare and Beautiful Meissen Porcelain Coffe...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Very rare and beautiful Meissen Porcelain coffee cup and sauce in snowball decor with plastic flowers and one bird, flower painting and goldpainting. Meissen, circa 1900 The cu...
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 ...
Meissen Floral Cake Stand with a Gilt Scalloped...
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century Platters and Serveware
Porcelain
A Meissen cake Stand with a gilt scalloped rim decorated with hand painted scattered flowers, bugs, and butterflies. Cross swords in blue under glaze, impressed, circa first half of...
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...
Rare Meissen Porcelain Plate with Fine Painting...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Rare Meissen Porcelain plate with fine painting of mythological scene. Meissen, circa 1870 The plate is in a good condition, only gold abrasion and a small scratch. Mei...
Big Pair of Meissen Porcelain Vases in Snowball...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Big pair of Meissen porcelain vases in snowball decor with birds and flowers. The vases, which were extremely expensive to produce, could only be found in princely houses. Frederi...
Very Rare Meissen Porcelain Vase with Portraits...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Vases
Porcelain
Very rare and magnificent old Meissen porcelain vase with portrait of young ladies and rich enamel and gold painting. Meissen, circa 1900 The condition of the vase is very g...
Old and Rare KPM Berlin Porcelain Magnificent C...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Old and rare KPM Berlin porcelain magnificent clock with the eternity with veil and putto. KPM Berlin around 1910 with Lenzkirch clock. The condition of the porcelain clock is ...
Old Meissen Porcelain Figure as Wiggle Pagoda w...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Mid-19th 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. Meissen circa 1900 with rich gold and f...
Meissen Porcelain Figure from the Series 5 Sens...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen porcelain figure from the series 5 Senses "The Face". Meissen, circa 1900. Model of: "Johann Carl Schönheit" The condition of the figure is very good only small ch...
Big Old Meissen Porcelain Vase with View of Pil...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Mid-19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Big Old Meissen porcelain vase with view of Pillnitz Castle in cobalt blue. Meissen after 1830 with very fine painting. The condition of the vase is good just age-related tra...
Very Big and Old Meissen Porcelain Figure Group...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century Porcelain
Porcelain
Very big and old meissen porcelain figure group "The Love School '' Meissen around 1900 Model of: Michel Victor Acier, Model number F 74. The figure is in a good conditi...
Old Meissen Porcelain Figure from the 5 Senses ...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1890s German Porcelain
Porcelain
Old Meissen porcelain figure from the 5 senses "The Smell". "Meissen arround 1900" Model of: "Johann Carl Schönheit" The figure is in a very good condition. Meissen 1 Wah...
Meissen Porcelain Dinner Plate with Fine Insect...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Deep Meissen porcelain dinner plate decor Neumarseille with fine insects, gold and flower painting. "Meissen around 1900" The condition of the plate is very good. Meissen ...
Meissen Porcelain Dinner Plate with Fine Insect...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Deep Meissen porcelain dinner plate decor Neumarseille with fine insects, gold and flower painting. "Meissen circa 1900" The condition of the plate is very good. Meissen 1...
Old Meissen Porcelain Plate "Psyche at the Wate...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Beautiful Old Meissen porcelain Art Nouveau plate "Psyche at the Water" with rich gold painting. "Meissen circa 1900'' Signed: Wagner. The plate has a diameter of about 23.2 cm...

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.

Meissen Plates, Set of Six

By Meissen Porcelain
Meissen Plates, Set of Six
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Romantic Porcelain
Porcelain
A set of six Meissen plates. Each plate has a different colour palette and shows a different idyllic scene of a couple in a romantic landscape. The two other painted quadrants and th...
Meissen Cobalt Blue Schlangenvasen, Pair
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1850s German Empire Vases
Neoclassical baluster form Meissen vases with gilt gadrooned rim flanked by paired coiled serpent handles and terminated with acanthus leaves above a band of VItruvian scrolls. Marke...
Meissen Porcelain Box with Pate Sur Pate Painti...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1890s German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Very rare Meissen porcelain box with Pate sur pate painting in cobalt blue. The porcelain box was made in The end of the 19th century, circa 1890.    Meissen 1 Wahl , F...
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 Vase with Pate Sur Pate Painting on...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Big Meissen vase with Pate sur pate painting on salmon background. The Meissen Porcelain vase was made in the end of the 19th century, circa 1880. The condition of the vase i...
Meissen Porcelain Potpourri - Vase in Cobalt Bl...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen Porcelain Potpourri - vase in cobalt blue, gold and finest loupe painting. The Porcelain vase was made at the end of the 19th century, circa 1880 and its in a good conditi...
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...
Big Meissen Porcelain Plate in Snowball Decor
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Big rare Meissen Porcelain plate in snowball decor. The designer of the decor is Johann Joachim Kaendler. The plate is from the early 19 century and the plate is in a good cond...
Meissen Porcelain Mocha Cup in Cobalt Blue with...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1890s German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen Porcelain Mocha Cup in Cobalt Blue with Gold Painting and girl with goats. The Mocha Cup is from the end of the 19 Century circa 1890. Very good condition except for ...
Meissen Porcelain Box in Snowball Decor with Ka...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen Porcelain box in snowball decor with pink flowers, painted on the inside with Kauffahrteiszenen scene. The designer is Johann Joachim Kaendler and the box is from the en...
Big Meissen Porcelain Vase in Snowball decor wi...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Big rare Meissen porcelain vase in snowball decor with birds and a parrot. The Designer is Johann Joachim Kaendler and The vase is from the early 19th century. The Vas...
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...
KPM Berlin Porcelain Vase with Rich Pate sure P...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Very rare KPM Berlin Porcelain vase with rich pate sure pate, enamel and gold painting. The KPM Berlin vase is very fine and richly painted and it’s from the end of the 19 century...
Meissen Porcelain Vase with Rich Pate Sur Pate ...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Very rare beautiful Meissen porcelain vase with rich pate sur pate and Enamel painting in Cobaltblue and gold painting with 800 silver neck. The vase is at The end of the 19th c...
Meissen Pate Sur Pate Plate with Two Angels and...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Very rare Meissen Pate sur pate plate with two angels and a harp in cobalt blue. The Meissen porcelain plate was made at the end of the 19th century, circa. 1890. The condition...
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 Ornamental Vase with Flower a...
Meissen Porcelain
21st Century and Contemporary German Porcelain
Porcelain
Very beautiful Meissen porcelain ornamental vase with flower and rich goldpainting in cobalt blue. The vase was made after 1945 and its in a Perfect Condition. The height of th...
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...
18th Century Porcelain Plate Signed Meissen wit...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1740s German Porcelain
Porcelain
Rare antique Meissen plate, circa 1740, decorated in the centre with a flying crane, dragon and insect, the rim with insects and floral sprays. With rough edge and molded in faux wea...
German Meissen Porcelain Demitasse Part Service...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Tea Sets
Porcelain
Comprising tray, 11 cups, 12, saucers and 20 spoons.
Set of Six German Porcelain Salts, Meissen Marc...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Porcelain
Porcelain
Set of six German porcelain salts, Meissen (Marcolini), circa 1800.
Pair of Antique Meissen Candelabras, Germany, c...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Candelabras
Meissen
This elegant pair of colorful German Meissen, seven-arm candelabras dates to the early 1900s. The gros relief intricacy and thinness of the porcelain flower heads, leaves and fruit i...
Pair of Porcelain Meissen Cobalt Blue Vases, 1960
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1960s Austrian Baroque Porcelain
Porcelain
Pair of vases, porcelain, cobalt blue walls with fine and broad margins of gold, on the front a reserve with a colorfully painted bouquet on a white background, framed by golden leav...
Meissen Bellied Vase Sculptured Flowers Fruits,...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1870s German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen nicest vase with handles, decorated with sculptured flowers and fruits. Manufactory: Meissen Dating: made circa 1870 Hallmarked: Meissen Mark with Pommels on Hilts (thi...
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