30 posts tagged meissen

Wedgwood Marks

An illustrated list of Wedgwood Marks presented in chronological order An easy to use chronological list of Wedgwood marks to help the Wedgwood collector, who is faced with many imitators, to date genuine Wedgwood antiques. Fortunately for the collector, Josiah Wedgwood was the first potter of note to mark his goods with his own name. Unlike the easily copied potters marks used by other manufacturers, for example the crossed swords mark used by Meissen; the Sevres double L mark, or the ... Continue Reading

Antique Wedgwood Pottery

Antique Wedgwood History & Wedgwood Marks associated with Wedgwood Creamware, Jasperware and other products The Wedgwood company is a British pottery firm, originally founded by Josiah Wedgwood c1795, and possibly the most famous name ever associated with pottery. In modern times Wedgwood merged with Waterford Crystal in 1987 to become Waterford Wedgwood. The original manufactory was a pioneer of new products such as those modelled by William Greatbach, and those coloured with lead ... Continue Reading

Buying Antiques from Dealers

When buying antiques from dealers or antique shops you are buying from the ultimate specialist. Antique dealers are the consummate and knowledgeable professionals, and you will most likely, have to pay for the privilege and the benefit ot their experience. From the prestigious antique dealer in London's, Bond Street to the friendly local antique shop in your local town or village Every antique dealer will have a wealth of knowledge on every item they have in stock and usually, the provena... Continue Reading

Meissen Porcelain Gallery

The Meissen Porcelain Gallery features a small sample of Meissen wares. A sample of Meissen porcelain that demonstrates the quality of antique Meissen Porcelain production and decoration. The know how, experience and passion for the white gold known as porcelain has defined the character of Meissen's porcelain production over the past centuries and still does today. Antique porcelain is well known for its superb quality but today the productions issued by Meissen Porcelain still match the ... Continue Reading

Johann Friedrich Bottger

Johann Friedrich Bottger (1682 to 1719) and his place in the origins of Meissen Porcelain. Johann Friedrich Bottger, an alchemist, discovered porcelain after being held under house arrest in 1700 by order of Augustus the Strong, the elector of Saxony. Although the 18-year-old Johann Bottger had committed no crime, Augustus had heard that the young man was an alchemist hoping to create gold from base metals. If gold was to be made, Augustus wanted the secret for himself. Bottger was ... Continue Reading

Dresden Porcelain

A brief look at Dresden Porcelain and the Dresden Crown mark. Dresden Porcelain is often confused with Meissen porcelain, but only because Meissen blanks were used initially. However, Dresden porcelain refers more to an artistic movement than a particular porcelain company In fact, several competing ceramic studios emerged under the Dresden umbrella, particularly in the Saxony capital in response to the rise of romanticism during the 19th century. Dresden was an important centre ... Continue Reading

Meissen Marks

Antique Meissen Marks and the blue crossed swords mark imitators. Not all blue crossed swords marks are genuine Meissen marks. Knowing what to look for and the dates that are relevant to each Meissen mark can help you avoid buying imitation Meissen porcelain. You should remember that the marks detailed below are mostly drawn by hand and that slight variations in the format occur and the mark only supports the source and doesn't testify to it. The true test of an antique Meissen ... Continue Reading

Meissen Porcelain

A brief look at the origins of Meissen porcelain and the characters involved. The Meissen Porcelain story began when Augustus II The Strong; Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (1670-1733), protected the goldsmith Johann Friedrich Bottger from the Prussians pursuing him. The protection of this passionate collector of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, together with the encounter of Bottger with the scholar Tschirnhaus and the artistic influence of the designer J. J. Kaendler and the painter ... Continue Reading

Antique Terms (M)

The Antique Marks Glossary covering Antique Terms (M) Here you will find antique terms and related words beginning with the letter 'M' including definitions and short histories covering everything from MacIntyre to the Martin Brothers, Moorcroft, Minton and Musket. Listed alphabetically, so simply scroll through or use the search function to find the word or term you are looking for. macheleid, georg heinrich (ceramics - porcelain re-invention - thuringian) Georg Heinrich Macheleid ... Continue Reading

Paris Porcelain Vases by Bourdoir and Bloch

Paris Porcelain is to France what Dresden Porcelain is to Germany. Porcelain by a variety of makers from a region rather than one maker. In this case Porcelain de Paris is also as good if not sometimes better than Dresden, Meissen or Sevres porcelain and is certainly a collectible to look out for Continue Reading