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Dresden Porcelain

Dresden refers to an artistic movement within porcelain making, rather than a particular manufacturer. During the rise of Romanticism during the 19th century, the city of Dresden was an important artistic center of Saxony, attracting many porcelain makers. In 1883, the now-famous blue crown Dresden mark was registered and the Dresden style was created.

Dresden and Meissen are often confused in the world of porcelain. The first porcelain-producing factory began in the city of Meissen in 1710. Since Dresden was considered a cultural and artistic hub of Saxony, much Meissen porcelain was sold there. As a result, these pieces of Meissen sold in Dresden were mistakenly referred to as Dresden. While Dresden decoration rivaled that of Meissen porcelain, no actual porcelain was produced in Dresden. This process remained in the Meissen factories.

With more than 200 porcelain painting shops in Dresden between 1855 and 1944 and no actual factory, there was no definitive Dresden mark. Most Dresden china is marked with a blue crown, though markings have changed through the years. Dresden china is characterized by its ornate designs of fruit, scrolls, shells, and flowers.


Quick Facts

  • Dresden decorators were the first to utilize the Rococo style on dinnerware
  • Dresden china won international acclaim in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including at the World Exposition in Paris in 1900 and at art exhibitions
  • The original four Dresden companies were: Karl Richard Klemm, Donath & Co, Oswald Lorenz, and Adolf Hamman

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Dresden Porcelain
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Dresden Porcelain
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$503 Bids
Pair Dresden Hand Painted Cups w/ Saucers & Plates
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Pair Dresden Hand Painted Cups w/ Saucers & Plates
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $250- $300
$1502 Bids
A FINE VOLKSTEDT DRESDEN PORCELAIN FIGURAL GROUP
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
A FINE VOLKSTEDT DRESDEN PORCELAIN FIGURAL GROUP
by Jackson's International
Est: $400- $600
$4252 Bids
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DRESDEN, 1 PAAR ZUCKESTREUER
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
DRESDEN, 1 PAAR ZUCKESTREUER
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF200
CHF1001 Bid
Lot of 3 German Dresden Porcelain Figures
Dec 17, 7:00 PM EST
Lot of 3 German Dresden Porcelain Figures
by Tunicks Auction Gallery
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Antique Dresden "Sweet Meat" Figural Dishes
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Dresden "Sweet Meat" Figural Dishes
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
(8) SCHUMANN & DRESDEN PORCELAIN TABLEWARE
Dec 11, 9:00 AM CST
(8) SCHUMANN & DRESDEN PORCELAIN TABLEWARE
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $250
$1001 Bid
China Cups & Saucers: (7) sets – with (1) extra cup – hand p
Dec 16, 10:00 AM EST
China Cups & Saucers: (7) sets – with (1) extra cup – hand p
by Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Antique Dresden Hand Painted Porcelain Sculpture
Dec 12, 6:00 PM EST
Antique Dresden Hand Painted Porcelain Sculpture
by Antiques & Art International
Est: $400- $600
$3001 Bid
A Pair of 19th C Dresden cabinet figures depicting the lady and gent flow sellers. H 20cm W 10cm
Dec 11, 12:00 PM AEDT
A Pair of 19th C Dresden cabinet figures depicting the lady and gent flow sellers. H 20cm W 10cm
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1601 Bid
A FINE DRESDEN MARKED FLUTED VASE decorated with village scene,signed to base. H 23cm D 12cm
Dec 11, 11:00 AM AEDT
A FINE DRESDEN MARKED FLUTED VASE decorated with village scene,signed to base. H 23cm D 12cm
by Phillip Caldwell Auctioneers
Est: AUD200- AUD600
AUD1251 Bid
19C 18" art nouveau Dresden Volkstedt Vase with Boy
Dec 18, 11:45 AM EST
19C 18" art nouveau Dresden Volkstedt Vase with Boy
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $360- $450
$2600 Bids
19C Dresden Volkstedt porcelain figurine "Man Singing"
Dec 18, 11:45 AM EST
19C Dresden Volkstedt porcelain figurine "Man Singing"
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $200- $260
$1500 Bids
Ziegenkutsche mit Amoretten.
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
Ziegenkutsche mit Amoretten.
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
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TASSE MIT UNTERTASSE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
TASSE MIT UNTERTASSE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF160
CHF1000 Bids
3 Porcelain Figures Samson, Kister & Dresden
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
3 Porcelain Figures Samson, Kister & Dresden
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
IMPRESSIVE CONTINENTAL PROCELAIN GROUP
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
IMPRESSIVE CONTINENTAL PROCELAIN GROUP
by Jackson's International
Est: $150- $200
$1300 Bids
MISC. LOT OF 5 PCS. OF GERMAN PORCELAIN
Dec 10, 12:00 PM EST
MISC. LOT OF 5 PCS. OF GERMAN PORCELAIN
by Clements
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
Ein Paar Wackelpagoden Potschappel, Dresden
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
Ein Paar Wackelpagoden Potschappel, Dresden
by Leo Spik
Est: €1,000- €1,200
€8000 Bids
Deckelvase Potschappel, Dresden
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
Deckelvase Potschappel, Dresden
by Leo Spik
Est: €50- €60
€400 Bids
19TH C. DRESDEN PORCELAIN CABINET PLATE
Dec 09, 12:30 PM PST
19TH C. DRESDEN PORCELAIN CABINET PLATE
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $600- $800
$4000 Bids
PAIR OF 19TH C. DRESDEN PORCELAIN FIGURAL CANDLESTICK
Dec 09, 12:30 PM PST
PAIR OF 19TH C. DRESDEN PORCELAIN FIGURAL CANDLESTICK
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,5000 Bids

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