Fieldings Auctioneers are thrilled to be offering a single owner collection of Meissen porcelain figures collected over thirty years ago which will be included in our April Anriques and Interiors sale.
Meissen is considered the first European factory to perfect hard paste porcelain – included in the Royal collection and most grand country houses, Meissen figurines and teawares are just as important (and collectable) as they were when they were first introduced.
Founded in 1710, Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony founded a court porcelain factory at Meissen, near his capital Dresden. The aim was to emulate the fine white porcelain that was being exported from China by the Dutch East India Company.
One of the first figures to be made at Meissen was that of Augustus himself dressed in armour and a laurel wreath. Sadly, we don’t have one of those (the last sold at auction for £55,000) but we do have twelve 19th Century examples including the Racegoer and his companion, a pair of Malawar dancers and several Street Trader figures from the Cris de Paris series.
Each piece of Meissen carries the famous cross swords mark to the base to show that it was made at Meissen and often the figures have an incised number to the base. Interestingly, the cross swords mark is considered one of the oldest trademarks still in use today.
Estimates start at £100
Posted on 17 April 2023