Collecting German Porcelain: How?

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Collectors of German porcelain can determine their budget and use maker’s marks to learn about the history of their pieces. Original pieces from the 18th century are expensive, while 20th century pieces are more affordable. Dresden porcelain is highly prized, with original pieces being rare and expensive.

German porcelain collectors can start by determining how much of their budget they wish to devote to their hobe by basing new purchases on existing or previous purchases. This type of porcelain is typically marked with a maker’s identification which can help collectors learn the history of their pieces. Having this information can help them connect with other collectors and learn about the best auction sites, homes, and shops where they can pick up new pieces to complete complete sets.

The original German porcelain was produced during the early part of the 18th century. Figurines, plates, saucers, teapots and other classic pieces were crafted at that time from exquisite porcelain and collected by the contemporary upper class. Today’s connoisseur looking to add these treasured antiques to their collection must start with a large budget. A single piece of this fine craftsmanship typically costs several hundred US dollars, and many complete sets are housed in international museums and private collections. Some pieces can be found through Internet auctions, though most can be purchased through private art galleries and antique auction houses.

Twentieth-century German porcelain can typically be purchased for less and still retains much of the quality craftsmanship and unique attention to detail that distinguished the original pieces several hundred years earlier. These pieces are often available for sale in antique stores, from fine china dealers, and through Internet auctions. Depending on where and when the porcelain was made, some pieces may be more valuable than others.

Most pieces of German porcelain possess a maker’s mark, which can be placed on the underside of the purchased plate or figurine. This mark is usually unique to the city in Germany and a specific porcelain factory where the piece was first fired and painted. Many of these factories ceased production during the tumultuous years of World War I and World War II and were often destroyed during that time. Collectors can identify the markings on their pieces by purchasing a porcelain book guide or by searching the Internet for corresponding symbol catalogs, typically published by other collectors. Some hobbyists prefer to start new collections by purchasing a single piece of porcelain and discovering its history and origins, before locating as many matching pieces as possible.

Dresden porcelain is a type of 20th century German porcelain sold frequently throughout the world and often highly prized by collectors. The pieces given this name range from small figurines to tableware. They are named after the city of Dresden in Germany where they were originally produced. Dresden’s porcelain factories were destroyed during World War II, causing most of the original pieces to skyrocket in price due to their limited availability. Reproduction pieces, which were produced in other factories, can be found at lower prices which attempt to capture the delicate nature of the figurines, fine china and hand painted work which marked the pieces of this period.

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