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Meissen Porcelain

Developed in 1708, Meissen porcelain was the first European hard-paste porcelain, a process of porcelain making originally invented in China between the 7th and 8th centuries. Though there is some dispute over who exactly discovered the secret of porcelain's production, a luxury good that had previously only been exported from China, the Meissen factory was undoubtedly the first European producer to create porcelain in large quantities.

Hard-paste Meissen porcelain, also known as Meissen china, is prepared by mixing feldspar, kaolin, quartz, and other raw materials. It differs from soft-paste Meissen porcelain mainly in the firing temperature used to make it, as hard-paste porcelain requires a higher temperature. The result is a translucent, white ceramic that is less likely to crack when exposed to hot liquids.

Meissen china’s rarity and expense made it one of the most sought-after products for the upper classes. They frequently received orders from elite families in Russia, England, and France. Many of these family collections of Meissen figurines have since been donated to some of the world's greatest museums including Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Quick Facts

  • Meissen's signature logo, the crossed swords, was introduced in 1720 and is one of the oldest trademarks in existence
  • The production of porcelain at Meissen, near Dresden, attracted many artists and artisans, helping to transform Dresden into a cultural and artistic hub
  • Among the wedding gifts received by Queen Elizabeth II was a Meissen porcelain chocolate pot, cover, and stand dated c. 1780
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Meissen German Porcelain 19C. Young Bride Figurine
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Meissen German Porcelain 19C. Young Bride Figurine
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$2256 Bids
Devisenkind: Je découvre tout. Meissen.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Devisenkind: Je découvre tout. Meissen.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1805 Bids
Antique Meissen Porcelain Teacup and Saucer
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Meissen Porcelain Teacup and Saucer
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$804 Bids
"Der Frühling". Meissen.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
"Der Frühling". Meissen.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€5004 Bids
Lidded box, Meissen, Knauff-Sc
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Lidded box, Meissen, Knauff-Sc
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1304 Bids
Meissen Porcelain Cobalt Gilt Pound Box & Inkwell
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Meissen Porcelain Cobalt Gilt Pound Box & Inkwell
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1253 Bids
MEISSEN FIGURE OF "CUPID AS SHOEMAKER"
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
MEISSEN FIGURE OF "CUPID AS SHOEMAKER"
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2253 Bids
Große Trompetenvase, Kgl. Meissen, 20. Jh.
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Große Trompetenvase, Kgl. Meissen, 20. Jh.
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €500- €600
€2203 Bids
Kaffeeservice "B-Form". Meissen.| siehe Nachtrag im Text
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Kaffeeservice "B-Form". Meissen.| siehe Nachtrag im Text
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€8003 Bids
ANTIQUE MEISSEN PORCELAIN FIGURINE LADY BIRDCAGE
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE MEISSEN PORCELAIN FIGURINE LADY BIRDCAGE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$203 Bids
MEISSEN OPERA SINGERS FIGURAL GROUPING
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
MEISSEN OPERA SINGERS FIGURAL GROUPING
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $500- $700
$3503 Bids
MEISSEN PUTTI WITH MASK FIGURAL GROUP
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
MEISSEN PUTTI WITH MASK FIGURAL GROUP
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $150- $300
$1502 Bids
MEISSEN ALLEGORICAL FIGURE, "THE ELEMENTS - AIR"
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
MEISSEN ALLEGORICAL FIGURE, "THE ELEMENTS - AIR"
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1502 Bids
Meissen Porcelain Cobalt Gilt Tea Cup & Saucer SET
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Meissen Porcelain Cobalt Gilt Tea Cup & Saucer SET
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1252 Bids
Prunkschale. Meissen.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Prunkschale. Meissen.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1802 Bids
Antique Meissen Porcelain Dinner Bell
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Meissen Porcelain Dinner Bell
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$402 Bids
Paar Essig-Öl-Flaschen im Presentoir. Meissen.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Paar Essig-Öl-Flaschen im Presentoir. Meissen.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1902 Bids
Bildertasse. Meissen.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Bildertasse. Meissen.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€602 Bids
Meissen "Blue Onion" Teapot w/ Warmer Plate
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Meissen "Blue Onion" Teapot w/ Warmer Plate
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$402 Bids
German Meissen Manner 144pc Unsigned Antique China Set
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
German Meissen Manner 144pc Unsigned Antique China Set
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$102 Bids
A Dresden? Meissen? Figurine
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
A Dresden? Meissen? Figurine
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $375- $3,750
$3752 Bids
Porzellanplastik "Halla", Meißen, 1978, nummeriert, mit Echtheitszeugnis
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Porzellanplastik "Halla", Meißen, 1978, nummeriert, mit Echtheitszeugnis
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €280- €300
€902 Bids
A modern Meissen monkey band drummer
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
A modern Meissen monkey band drummer
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £200- £300
£1501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Meissen Porcelain


Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Henry's Auktionshaus AG