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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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Pair of Dresden Germany Porcelain Floral Lidded Urns
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of Dresden Germany Porcelain Floral Lidded Urns
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $300- $400
$2256 Bids
Dresden German Reticulated Porcelain Plates, 9
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Dresden German Reticulated Porcelain Plates, 9
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$2253 Bids
Dresden Porcelain Lace Figural Group of Parlor Interior, H: 13, L: 21 in
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Dresden Porcelain Lace Figural Group of Parlor Interior, H: 13, L: 21 in
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$6503 Bids
DRESDEN LACE PORCELAIN FIGURE OF A DANCING WOMAN. 6" TALL
Oct 30, 3:00 PM PDT
DRESDEN LACE PORCELAIN FIGURE OF A DANCING WOMAN. 6" TALL
by Sunset Auction
Est: $0- $0
$222 Bids
Dresden Porcelain Lace Figural Group, 'Kaiserwulzer', L: 21-1/2 in
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Dresden Porcelain Lace Figural Group, 'Kaiserwulzer', L: 21-1/2 in
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$1252 Bids
W. Dresden German Porcelain Antique Portrait Plate
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
W. Dresden German Porcelain Antique Portrait Plate
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
RK Dresden Marie Antoinette and Devonshire Plates
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
RK Dresden Marie Antoinette and Devonshire Plates
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
A COLLECTION OF DRESDEN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS CIRCA 1900
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
A COLLECTION OF DRESDEN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS CIRCA 1900
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Dresden Plates
Oct 27, 6:00 PM EDT
Dresden Plates
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
IRISH DRESDEN LACE FIGURE OF A DANCING WOMAN, "CARMEN". NUMBERED 34320. 6" TALL
Oct 30, 3:00 PM PDT
IRISH DRESDEN LACE FIGURE OF A DANCING WOMAN, "CARMEN". NUMBERED 34320. 6" TALL
by Sunset Auction
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
Dresden Porcelain Figural Group of Carriage and Attendants, H: 12; L: 24 in
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Dresden Porcelain Figural Group of Carriage and Attendants, H: 12; L: 24 in
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Round lidded box, Ambrosius La
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Round lidded box, Ambrosius La
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1501 Bid
Potschappel, Dresden, 20th cen
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Potschappel, Dresden, 20th cen
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3901 Bid
Dresden Porcelain Partial Lace Figural Group of Musical Recital, H: 13, L: 20 in
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Dresden Porcelain Partial Lace Figural Group of Musical Recital, H: 13, L: 20 in
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
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Dresden Glazed Porcelain Figure of a Falcon
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Dresden Glazed Porcelain Figure of a Falcon
by Neely Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
plate, probably Dresden, around 1900, purple flower
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
plate, probably Dresden, around 1900, purple flower
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €120- €240
€1200 Bids
double handle vase, probably Dresden after Vienna
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
double handle vase, probably Dresden after Vienna
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €150- €300
€1200 Bids
Two splendid vases, Dresden, around 1900, allegorical
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Two splendid vases, Dresden, around 1900, allegorical
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €450- €900
€4500 Bids
A Dresden pale-blue ground and gilt two-handled porcelain vase and cover
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
A Dresden pale-blue ground and gilt two-handled porcelain vase and cover
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £300- £500
£2000 Bids
MARCKS, Alexander (1864 Hannover - 1909 München). Schwarzatal.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
MARCKS, Alexander (1864 Hannover - 1909 München). Schwarzatal.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids

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