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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.

Meissen Snake Handles Vase Painted Model E 116 Design by Leuteritz, 1924-1934
Meissen Snake Handles Vase Painted Model E 116 ...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Empire Revival Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen snake handles vase / designed by Leuteritz Manufactory: Meissen Dating: made during Pfeiffer Period (1924 - 34) Hallmarked: Meissen Mark with Point between Blades [= P...
Pair of Large Antique Meissen Style Porcelain Figures of a Couple
Pair of Large Antique Meissen Style Porcelain F...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
These charming antique Meissen style Porcelain figures are rendered in the elegant Rococo style, depicting a courting couple dressed in 18th century clothes and holding flowers; each...
German Meissen 'Marcolini' Porcelain Tea and Coffee Service, circa 1790
German Meissen 'Marcolini' Porcelain Tea and Co...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1790s German Tea Sets
Porcelain
Comprising coffee pot, tea pot, covered cream jug, covered sugar, ten tea cups, six coffee cups, 16 saucers.
Large Antique Meissen Marcolini Period Blue Onion Pattern Porcelain Charger
Large Antique Meissen Marcolini Period Blue Oni...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 18th Century German Platters and Serveware
Porcelain
A fine and rare Meissen porcelain Blue Onion or 'Zwiebelmuster' porcelain charger. The charger dates to Marcolini Period of Meissen porcelain production, which spanned from the la...
Antique Topographical Meissen Porcelain Shoe with Dresden Palace & Gardens Scene
Antique Topographical Meissen Porcelain Shoe wi...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Rococo Paperweights
Porcelain
A fine and rare Meissen 'Pantoffel' or Slipper paperweight with a topographical scene. The hand-painted cartouche depicts the Royal Palace and Great Gardens at Dresden and is surr...
Monumental Pair of Meissen Porcelain Snowball Vases with Parrots and Birds
Monumental Pair of Meissen Porcelain Snowball V...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1820s German Rococo Vases
Porcelain
This rare and monumental antique pair of Meissen Porcelain 22 inch vases is crafted in the illustrious Schneeballen, or Snowball, pattern. First modeled by the famed Johann Joachim K...
Porcelain Teapot Meissen, 18th Century
Porcelain Teapot Meissen, 18th Century
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1790s German Louis XVI Porcelain
Porcelain Teapot Meissen (1740-80). Beautifully painted with flowers. The lid is decorated with a three-dimensional rose. Underglaze blue crossed sword mark with dot, which was used ...
12 Meissen Plates marked "A.R. Dresden" with Impressed "Meissen" Stamp
12 Meissen Plates marked "A.R. Dresden" with Im...
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Twelve Meissen plates marked "A. R. Dresden" with impressed "Meissen" stamp, wide canary yellow plates with gilded pebble type decoration, centre with pastel polychrome floral decora...
Meissen Porcelain Dinner Service, 92 Pieces
Meissen Porcelain Dinner Service, 92 Pieces
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
This resplendent 92-piece Meissen Porcelain dinner service for twelve is an exceptional example of the firm's domestic ware. The bodies are crafted in the New Brandenstein relief pat...

Meissen Tea and Coffee Service

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Meissen Tea and Coffee Service
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Other Tea Sets
Gold, Porcelain
This rare and extensive Meissen porcelain tea and coffee service displays exceptional artistry. Each of the 39 exquisite pieces features delicately hand-painted cartouches of the pop...
Large Antique German Meissen Porcelain 'Element...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 18th Century German Belle Époque Ceramics
Porcelain
This exquisite Meissen porcelain ewer is after the model by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706 - 1775), who was the chief sculptor at the Meissen porcelain factory between 1742 and 1775. ...
Set of Six German Porcelain Salts, Meissen Marc...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Porcelain
Porcelain
Set of six German porcelain salts, Meissen (Marcolini), circa 1800.
Antique German Meissen Hand-Painted & Gilt Porc...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain, Porcelain
Antique German Meissen Porcelain features hand-painted and gilt figural group including two Colonial carriage handlers carrying a floral decorated litter with female passenger, possi...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Allegorical Figurine ...
Meissen Porcelain, J.J. Kaendler
Antique Late 19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
A very fine Meissen model of Bacchus - the God of Wine and Fertility. Modeled by Johann Joachim Kaendler. Bacchus stands at a stump adorned with a crown and garland of grape le...
Huntsman and Hounds marked Meissen
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Figurative Sculptures
Porcelain
Crossed swords painted mark. Impressed marks. T102 catalogue number & #148 designer. Four hounds are removable. All have crossed swords mark. Minor new professional restoration to r...
Antique Floral Porcelain Fruit Bowl by Meissen
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Rococo Serving Bowls
Porcelain
This exquisite antique porcelain fruit bowl is a stunning example of the superior craftsmanship of the Meissen ceramicists. In particular, the pierced, lace-like body of the bowl is ...
German Meissen Porcelain Demitasse Part Service...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Tea Sets
Porcelain
Comprising tray, 11 cups, 12, saucers and 20 spoons.
Meissen Coffee Set Flower Bouquet Nr. 111120 Si...
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1920s Austrian Other Porcelain
Porcelain
We invite you here to look at a splendid Meissen coffee set for six persons: This coffee set is of finest appearance due to gorgeous various multicolored flower paintings: Flow...
Meissen Tea Set Flower Bouquet Nr. 111120 Six P...
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1930s German Other Porcelain
Porcelain
We invite you here to look at a splendid Meissen tea set for six persons: This tea set is of finest appearance due to gorgeous various multicolored flower paintings: Flower bouq...
Two Vintage Meissen Porcelain Blue Onion Shoe o...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A group of two small, vintage Meissen blue onion (or Zwiebelmuster) pattern figural paperweights. These paperweights are an iconic Meissen form in the shape of a traditional slipp...
Large Antique Art Nouveau Period Cobalt Blue Me...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Vases
Porcelain
A fine Meissen porcelain vase with a cobalt blue ground, floral spray in a central cartouche, and gilding throughout. The vase has an elegant, Art Nouveau form with a long, taper...
Pair of Heart Shaped Meissen Porcelain Candleho...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Romantic More Lighting
Porcelain
Each candleholder finely detailed to the centre with an image of playing cards to one side and crest on the reverses, each image contained within a gilt circle, further enhanced with...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Figurine of Crinoline...
Meissen Porcelain, J.J. Kändler
Antique Late 19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
A fine antique Meissen porcelain figurine of Crinoline lovers. Entitled "The Kiss", this group was originally modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler in the 1740s. It depicts lover...
Four Meissen Porcelain Blue Onion Zwiebelmuster...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A good group of four Meissen porcelain blue onion pattern (Zwiebelmuster) knife rests. The sides bear a blue underglaze crossed swords factory mark. Measure: Length ca. 4 in. ...
Vintage Meissen Porcelain Blue Onion Pattern Sh...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Paperweights
Porcelain
A good, vintage Meissen Blue Onion (or Zwiebelmuster) pattern figural paperweight. The paperweight is an iconic Meissen form in the shape of a traditional slipper (Pantoffel) or s...
Meissen Porcelain 'Forget Me Not' Tea Set
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century Tea Sets
Porcelain
A lot of Meissen porcelain tea set encrusted with flowers. Lot comes with two ewers, miniature cup and saucer, lidded teapot, lidded cup, and cup and saucer.
Set of Six Meissen Porcelain Tea Cup Saucer & P...
Meissen Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A group of six Meissen porcelain tea cup, saucer and plate trios decorated with a matching floral spray on each piece of the trio. It is rare to find these matching trios complete (...
Antique 18th Century Marcolini Period Meissen P...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 18th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
A good marcolini period Meissen Porcelain chocolate pot. This rare chocolate pot is decorated in an Indian flower variant in purple, green, yellow and blue and retains a period wo...
Square Porcelain Meissen Platter or Tray
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Platters and Serveware
Porcelain
Our square Meissen platter is a timeless server the simplicity, sans roses or frilly figures is a test of time that can be used anytime or all the time. Hang this on your wall, also ...
19th Century Meissen Porcelain Nine Piece Monke...
Meissen Porcelain, J.J. Kändler
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
This set of nine figures by Meissen was inspired by the famous monkey orchestra produced for Meissen in the 18th century by Johann Joachim Kändler (German, 1706-1775). Kändler was on...
Meissen Porcelain Figures of Parrots Standing o...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1870s German Rococo Animal Sculptures
Porcelain
A fine pair of antique Meissen Porcelain figures of colorful parrots, each standing on a tree branch after a model by J. J. Kandler. One parrot is eating a fruit while the other parr...
Meissen Cobalt and Gold Encrusted Floral Centre...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain, Porcelain
Meissen cobalt and gold encrusted floral centre bowl, of the best quality, finely painted marked blue crossswords, painters and gilders numbers. Presently this item is at our West Pa...
Mid-20th Century Blue and White Porcelain Petit...
Meissen Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Soup Tureens
Porcelain
Mid-20th century Meissen blue and white porcelain petite soup tureen with flared handles, lid, and ladle.
Fine Meissen Porcelain Large 12 Person Dessert ...
Meissen Porcelain
20th Century German Belle Époque Ceramics
Porcelain
Manufactured by Meissen Porcelain, Germany and retailed by Porzellanhaus Knoll, Landau, Germany. This stunning porcelain dessert service serves twelve people, and comprises a stag...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Plaque of the Sistine...
Meissen Porcelain, (after) Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino)
Antique 19th Century German Renaissance Paintings
Porcelain
This charming miniature porcelain plaque depicts the Sistine Madonna after Raphael's famous Renaissance masterpiece of 1513. The oval plaque is set in a gilt frame, and bears the Mei...
German Rococo Style Three-Piece Porcelain Clock...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Mantel Clocks
Porcelain
The German porcelain factory at Meissen was renowned throughout the 18th and 19th century for the quality and intricacy of its porcelain, and this stunning clock set amply demonstrat...
Collectible Antique Meissen Porcelain Bottle Stops
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Porcelain
Metal
This pair of Meissen bottle stops each feature cork bottoms which are attached to the porcelain with gilt bands. The porcelain is shaped as male heads, one wearing a white hat and th...
Meissen Lidded Tureen Cherub Flowers Oval Platt...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1780s German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen gorgeous items: Meissen lidded tureen with cherub holding Cornucopia and oval platter. Dating: Rococo era = Marcolini period / made circa 1780 Material: white porcelain /...
Porcelain Baroque Pipe, Meissen, circa 1725
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 1720s German Baroque Tobacco Accessories
Silver, Ivory, Porcelain
Museale Baroque whistle, Meissen, circa 1725-1735 painting probably Johann Gregor Höroldt (Herold) (Jena 1696 - 1775 Meissen) porcelain pipe bowl, white glazed, gold background, in q...
Museum Quality Meissen Porcelain Cobalt-Blue Kr...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Mid-19th Century German Neoclassical Revival Porcelain
Porcelain
A magnificent and truly unique Museum quality Meissen porcelain cobalt-blue krater pate sur pate/ Limoge enamel vase, third quarter of the 1800s blue crossed swords mark, the Ddcorat...
Meissen Porcelain Double Snake Handled Vase Tab...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 19th Century German Table Lamps
Porcelain
This 19th century vase have a beautiful yellow color with gilt gold highlights and curled white snakes as handles. To become a table lamp the vase has been capped and set on a base.
19th Century German Meissen Painted Porcelain P...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Neoclassical Paintings
Metal
This charming painted porcelain plaque depicts a nymph and a faun embracing in a setting by a lake. Surrounding them are foliage, two other figures and a boar who runs across the for...
Antique Meissen Porcelain Satyr
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Classical Greek Porcelain
Porcelain
This unusual depiction of a satyr offers a calm portrayal of a usually energetic figure-type. The bearded, horned figure is entirely of porcelain, and is seated with bare torso and a...
Three Meissen Porcelain Plates Showing Old Mast...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Dinner Plates
Porcelain
This set of porcelain plates was created by the world-famous Meissen manufactory in Germany. Each plate features a different Old Master painting in its centre: one shows a portrait o...
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...
Fabulous Pair of Meissen Porcelain Glass Cooler...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Mid-19th Century German Louis XVI Porcelain
Porcelain, Meissen
A fabulous pair of Meissen Porcelain glass coolers/cachepots. This exceptional pair of exquisitely hand-painted Meissen Porcelain glass coolers are each painted with panels of figure...
Meissen Set of Three Oval Reticulated Basket Bo...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Mid-19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
Meissen set of three oval reticulated basket bowls with flowers Dating: 19th century / made circa 1850 Material: white porcelain / glossy finish Technique: porcelain (modelled a...
Pair of Meissen Porcelain Chinoiserie Figural S...
Meissen Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
A fine pair of Meissen porcelain chinoiserie figural sweetmeat dishes, after a model by J.J. Kandler Each with a Malabar chinoiserie figure seated on a sea-shell and holding a bowl ...
Meissen Blue Onion Coffee Pot, Vibrantly Painte...
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1920s German Tea Sets
A classic and elegant pattern by Meissen. This pot is a nice large size and beautiful scale. Detailed painting in their signature crisp Blue Onion design. Very nice vintage condition.
Antique German Meissen Figural Hand-Painted & G...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Victorian Porcelain
Porcelain
Antique German Meissen figural group features pianist playing her clavichord piano, hand-painted with gilt highlights, crossed sword mark on base, circa 1880. Measures: 5" H x 3.5...
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.
Pair of German Meissen Figural Porcelain Coloni...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German British Colonial Porcelain
Porcelain
Antique pair of German Miessen hand-painted porcelain figures depicts courting couple in woodland setting, gilt highlights throughout, crossed sword mark on bases, circa 1880. Mea...
Meissen Porcelain Demitasse Cup and Saucer Chin...
Meissen Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Chinoiserie Ceramics
Porcelain
This is a small demitasse cup and saucer by the Meissen factory in fine white porcelain. The cup and saucer both have wavy edges and the cup has a twisted branch handle with leaf at...
Four Meissen Porcelain Plaques Depicting the Fo...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Early 19th Century German Folk Art Paintings
Metal
This delicately detailed set of four allegorical porcelain plaques portrays family scenes within the theme of the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Spring can be ide...
Mid-18th Century Meissen Two-Handled Cup with C...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique Mid-18th Century German Serving Pieces
Porcelain
Applied with a ground of mayflowers and trailing leafy branches, the stand painted with deutsche-Blumen and three Watteauesque scenes of polychrome figures in a monochrome landscape,...
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...
Meissen Blue Onion Centerpiece or Fruit Bowl
Meissen Porcelain
Vintage 1920s German Centerpieces
Porcelain
The timeless and beloved pattern by Meissen. This is an unique piece featuring hand cut pierced accents in the center bowl and crisp blue hand-painted design throughout. Very nice an...
Antique Meissen White Porcelain Plate or Centre...
Meissen Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Porcelain
Meissen Porcelain or Meissen china was the first European hard-paste porcelain. It was developed starting in 1708 by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus. After his death that October,...
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