14 posts tagged Meissen porcelain

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

Antiques Collection: Helena Wolfsohn Vase

A lovely little vase by the very popular imitator Helena Wolfsohn who produced some outstanding porcelain using Meissen blanks but then went on to mark them with an AR mark in imitation of the Meissen Augustus Rex mark. The porcelain is exceptional and the artwork is of the standard you would expect from Meissen Continue Reading

Royal Vienna Porcelain

Collecting Royal Vienna porcelain and Vienna Portrait Plates and Wall Plaques. The Royal Vienna Porcelain factory was founded in 1717 by Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier. Du Paquier, on studying father d'Entrecolles' letters and after conducting experiments hoped, with the help of Christoph Conrad Hunger, to reveal the secrets of porcelain production. His attempts were unsuccessful until 1718, when he secured the services of the arcanist Samuel Stölzel, a previous employee of the ... Continue Reading

Chelsea Porcelain Factory

The history of the Chelsea Porcelain company, its products and its anchor mark periods. The Chelsea porcelain factory was founded in 1743 by two Frenchmen; Charles Gouyn a goldsmith and Nicholas Sprimont a silversmith. The Chelsea porcelain manufactory was the first important porcelain manufactory in England Its early soft-paste porcelain products were aimed at the aristocratic market. The first director Nicholas Sprimont was a silversmith by trade, but few documents survive to put ... Continue Reading

Collecting Royal Worcester Porcelain

The Royal Worcester porcelain factory is the oldest, continuously operating, english porcelain factory still in production today. Here we look at Royal Worcester history, the Worcester marks, artists and porcelain wares. Royal Worcester was founded in Worcester, England in 1751. The first Royal Worcester factory was established on the banks of the River Severn by a group of local businessmen. It appears that around 1750 Dr John Wall (1708-1776) and the apothecary William Davis ... Continue Reading