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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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A framed Dresden porcelain plaque of Queen Victoria by K. Dittrich c1897 (57cm x 51cm - frame)
Feb 29, 1:00 PM AEDT
A framed Dresden porcelain plaque of Queen Victoria by K. Dittrich c1897 (57cm x 51cm - frame)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD60013 Bids
DRESDEN PAINTED FLORAL PORCELAIN CANDY DISH
Mar 02, 9:00 AM CST
DRESDEN PAINTED FLORAL PORCELAIN CANDY DISH
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $40- $80
$201 Bid
Antique Set of Figural Dresden Porcelain, Compote & Pair Candelabra, c1890
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Set of Figural Dresden Porcelain, Compote & Pair Candelabra, c1890
by Winfield Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
Antique Crown D Dresden Hand Painted Scenic Porcelain Handled Urn Vases
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Crown D Dresden Hand Painted Scenic Porcelain Handled Urn Vases
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
DRESDEN Porcelain Ink Well Tray, Germany
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
DRESDEN Porcelain Ink Well Tray, Germany
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$11 Bid
Vintage Dresden Lace Porcelain Figural Collection
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Dresden Lace Porcelain Figural Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
3 Vintage German Dresden Porcelain Figures
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
3 Vintage German Dresden Porcelain Figures
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $200
$701 Bid
A collection of ceramics - to include a 20th century Dresden pear shaped sugar caster
Mar 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A collection of ceramics - to include a 20th century Dresden pear shaped sugar caster
by Martel Maides
Est: £40- £60
£300 Bids
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DRESDEN. Large & Impressive Pair Of Porcelain
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
DRESDEN. Large & Impressive Pair Of Porcelain
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
Richard Klemm Dresden massive amphora 1890-1900, große Amphore,
Mar 16, 10:00 AM CET
Richard Klemm Dresden massive amphora 1890-1900, große Amphore,
by Antikauktion Krefeld
Est: €360- €0
€3600 Bids
19th Century Meyers & Son Dresden Germany Trembleuse Cup Saucer
Feb 28, 1:00 PM EST
19th Century Meyers & Son Dresden Germany Trembleuse Cup Saucer
by Coral Gables Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Dresden, Gibson & Sons Tea Pot Group
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Dresden, Gibson & Sons Tea Pot Group
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $1,000
$100 Bids
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Antique Richard Klemm Dresden German 6 Well Porcelain Oyster Plate
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Antique Richard Klemm Dresden German 6 Well Porcelain Oyster Plate
by Market Auctions Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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Lot of Four Porcelain Oyster Plates
Mar 06, 6:00 PM EST
Lot of Four Porcelain Oyster Plates
by Market Auctions Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
19th c. Dresden 9pc. Fish Set
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
19th c. Dresden 9pc. Fish Set
by California Auctioneers
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
Penck, a. r.: Stern
Mar 16, 2:00 PM CET
Penck, a. r.: Stern
by Peter Karbstein - Kunst und Auktionshaus
Est: €800- €1,000
€8000 Bids
PR DRESDEN PORCELAIN PLATES & FRAMED POT LID
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
PR DRESDEN PORCELAIN PLATES & FRAMED POT LID
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Pair of Dresden Porcelain Horse and Riders
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Pair of Dresden Porcelain Horse and Riders
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $300- $500
$1250 Bids
Lot 14 Dresden Hand Painted Porcelain Plates
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Lot 14 Dresden Hand Painted Porcelain Plates
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
WILHELM KRÜGER
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CET
WILHELM KRÜGER
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €2,800- €5,600
€2,8000 Bids
6pcs German Porcelain Candle Holders & S&P Shakers
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
6pcs German Porcelain Candle Holders & S&P Shakers
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
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A Pair Of Gilt Dresden Porcelain Urns.
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
A Pair Of Gilt Dresden Porcelain Urns.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids

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Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

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