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The term "Dresden porcelain" refers more to an artistic movement than a particular line of figurines or dinnerware.  Dresden was an important center of this artistic, cultural and intellectual movement, which attracted painters, sculptors, poets, philosophers and porcelain decorators alike.  In 1883, in response to the exciting developments happening all around them, four prominent ceramic decorators registered the famous blue crown Dresden mark, and the widely popular "Dresden style" was born.

Much confusion exists concerning the relationship between the names "Dresden" and "Meissen," which are often used interchangeably.  This misunderstanding dates to the earliest years of porcelain production in Europe.  The secret of hard paste porcelain, previously the exclusive knowledge of the Chinese and Japanese exporters, was actually discovered under the commission of Augustus the Strong in the city of Dresden.  The first porcelain-producing factory, however, was begun fifteen miles away in the city of Meissen, in 1710.  However, as Dresden was a vital cultural and economic center of Saxony, most Meissen china was sold there.  As a result, much Meissen china and figurines, characterized by the blue cross-swords stamp, were mistakenly referred to as "Dresden."

Although there were over 200 painting shops in Dresden alone between 1855 and 1944, the Dresden style is typically associated with the blue crown stamp first registered by Richard Klemm, Donath & Co., Oswald Lorenz, and Adolph Hamann in 1883.  The style they employed was a mixture of Meissen and Vienna flower and figure painting.  Later, other decorators employed the Crown and Dresden mark, and such names as Franziska Hirsch, Ambrosius Lamm, Carl Thieme (vases/urns, decorative)  and Helena Wolfsohn have also become synonymous with Dresden china.

Perhaps even more popular than the dinnerware are the lace porcelain figurines that were produced in Dresden during the same period.  Elaborate figures and "groupings" were made in large quantities, and are still produced in Germany to this day.  The famous "Dresden lace," was a method developed by Dresden decorators in which real lace was dipped in liquid porcelain and then applied to the figures by hand.  The result was a stunningly delicate appearance that was almost indistinguishable from soft fabric.  However, Dresden lace is so fragile that it can be damaged by even a light touch. 

Unfortunately, much of the work and the history of all the porcelain produced in Dresden was destroyed during the allied bombings of World War II.  In a single night, most Dresden decorating studios were obliterated along with many historical documents, and the porcelain painting business has never fully recovered.

Dresden lace girl with brown hair $30.00
Click Here for Product Details! Dresden lace girl with brown hair. Lovely lady garbed with a pink Dresden lace skirt. About 4" tall this piece is marked with the blue crown mark over an ’N’ and has Dresden marked under it. It displays very well but does have a few holes in the lace and her pinky is missing. (see images). We are pricing this low so anyone can afford a Dresden lace piece. No idea of the date.
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Dresden lace lady with billowing skirt $35.00
Click Here for Product Details! Dresden lace lady with billowing skirt. Beautiful courtier with billowing Dresden lace collar and skirt in both pink & white. About 4" tall this does have few holes in the skirt (see images). Quite detailed this is marked with the crown over an ’N’ mark, ’Dresden’ and stamped ’West Germany’.
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Dresden lace ballerina $30.00
Click Here for Product Details! Dresden lace ballerina. Beautiful dancing girl doing a pirouette with a multi-layered Dresden lace skirt. There is some damage to the skirt (see images) but she is very attractive. This one has ’Germany’ stamp and a blue crown over an ’S’ or an ’F’. Almost 6 1/2" tall.
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Dresden lace girl with gold bodice $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! Dresden lace girl with gold bodice. Lovely small girl with Dresden lace skirt and gold vest. Small gold roses decorate the skirt. Not quite 4 1/2" tall this does have some damage to the skirt (see image). This one is marked with the Crown over an ’S’ or an ’F’. There is some text around the base which might have been written by the previous owner.
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Dresden Germany young couple dancing $30.00
Click Here for Product Details! Dresden Germany young couple dancing. Charming young couple in court dress with the young lady dressed in Dresden lace skirt. About 4" tall. There are some holes in the skirt (see images). This piece is marked with 2 crossed hammers over an ’M’ and a ’c’ and Dresden Germany with the numbers 185 and 49 (possibly the date).
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Dresden lace couple dancing $30.00
Click Here for Product Details! Dresden lace couple dancing. Lovely dancing couple with the lady garbed in Dresden lace skirt. About 5" tall the skirt does have some damage (see images). Quite detailed this is marked with the crown over an ’N’ mark, ’Dresden’ and stamped ’West Germany’.
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Dresden or Capodimonte boy and girl with goats $75.00
Click Here for Product Details! Dresden or Capodimonte boy and girl with goats. Stunning pair of figurines! One is a girl with a fruit basket over her shoulder and guiding or petting an Italian goat. The goat unfortunately has the tip of it’s tail and it’s horns broken off. The boy is leaning on his goat which has a grapevine draped over it. Condition is good but a leaf tip is broken off. About 5" tall by 3 1/2" across. See "more information" below. We are selling both since they appear to be a matched set but we can separate on request.
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Dancing couple with clothes trimmed with Dresden lace $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! Dancing couple with clothes trimmed with Dresden lace. This piece is marked Taiwan so is not really Dresden but the collars of both and the hen of the lady’s skirt is decorated with lace. A very pretty piece regardless of it’s origins. About 6" tall there are some damaged spots on the lace. (see images)
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White china figurine couple on couch with lace overlay clothing $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! White china figurine couple on couch dressed in Medieval court style with lace over the man’s ruffled shirt and the lady’s dress. Surprisingly effective. This is not really Dresden lace and feels soft to the touch except for some spots. It might be real lace and needs cleaning. Nice little "Made In Japan" piece it is 5 1/2" tall by 5" long by 2 1/2" wide. The bottom is marked by two laurels topped by a cap or mountain and "Made in Japan" underneath.
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Occupied Japan Dresden lace girl $20
Click Here for Product Details! Occupied Japan Dresden lace girl. Although made in Occupied Japan this pensive looking lady has a Dresden lace skirt. A nice example of Japanese porcelain after WW II this almost 4 1/2" figurine does have some damage to her skirt (see images)
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