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Meissen Porcelain – Three Centuries of Elegance


Meissen Porcelain – Three Centuries of Elegance

Meissen porcelain, from tableware and vases to figures, clocks, and centerpieces from the 18th through the 20th century.

Website: http://www.antiquesupstate.com/
Members: 85
Latest Activity: Mar 19, 2018

Meet Your Moderator-Nicholas Zumbulyadis

About the Moderator:
Nicholas Zumbulyadis has worked for thirty years as a research scientist at the Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories until his retirement in 2005. Nick is also a collector of and dealer in European ceramics, primarily Meissen and related German porcelain. Since his retirement he is active as an independent scholar in ceramic history. His studies of the development of ceramics from the twin perspectives of the chemistry and art historian have led to numerous lectures, a publication in the American Ceramic Circle Journal, and an art reference book, “Meissen’s Blue and White Porcelain” published by Schiffer in 2006.

Discussion Forum

Is this a real MEISSEN or is it a fake?? 3 Replies

Started by Dominique Jassen. Last reply by LB Laub Feb 7, 2018.

Meissen pattern for this set? 3 Replies

Started by Jim J.. Last reply by kathy park Dec 4, 2013.

Meissen Questions... 2 Replies

Started by Heidi Kessler. Last reply by Heidi Kessler Feb 22, 2013.

Is Twitter an effective tool for collectors/dealers? 3 Replies

Started by Nicholas Zumbulyadis. Last reply by Nicholas Zumbulyadis Jan 23, 2013.

Could these possibly be Seuter Workshop products and/or related to the Meissen Golden Chinese 5 Replies

Started by Margo Giroux. Last reply by Margo Giroux Nov 27, 2012.

My 2nd Meissen 4 Replies

Started by Oralei. Last reply by Oralei Jun 24, 2012.

My first Meissen! 6 Replies

Started by Oralei. Last reply by Oralei Nov 18, 2011.

Real Meissen? 2 Replies

Started by Lauren Golembiewski. Last reply by Lauren Golembiewski Aug 8, 2011.

Real Meissen or a fake? 4 Replies

Started by Lillian Dunbar. Last reply by Lillian Dunbar Jul 22, 2011.

Plates remind me of Meissen, but no mark 2 Replies

Started by KC Vitt. Last reply by KC Vitt Feb 27, 2011.

Has anyone seen a Meissen mark like this? 3 Replies

Started by Oralei. Last reply by Oralei Sep 8, 2010.

Meissen marks, imitations and fakes 8 Replies

Started by Oralei. Last reply by Oralei Sep 8, 2010.

Is this old plate early Meissen

Started by tortoise cat Apr 13, 2010.

What is selling well? 3 Replies

Started by julia wilkinson. Last reply by Oralei Jan 28, 2010.

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Comment by vicki hufstetler on January 7, 2014 at 4:52pm

Well, thank you folks! I am a bit disappointed, but I'm not terribly surprised. I was unsure if it were Meissen or not. That's why I wanted to post here.

 I believe Mr. Nicholas, if he says it isn't. I just wonder - Who do you suppose is the maker? And might it be German or Austrian?

I do disagree on one point though, in my collection of Victorian era Majolica ( not the original Italian pieces) even though this is porcelain, it would still fall under "Continental Majolica" of the Victorian era., ie "Revival Majolica".

Although it may not be up to Meissen standards, I still think it's quite well done for it's time and that's why I was leaning toward Austrian or Germany of the same time frame, ca. 1850 - 1880. Would you agree on that point?

Comment by Nicholas Zumbulyadis on December 31, 2013 at 6:45am

Sorry to disappoint you guys, this is NOT MEISSEN. The mark is not right, but I don't even need to see the mark. The piece (and I don't mean to belittle the tastes of others) lacks the refinement and elegance of a Meissen object. Also somebody mentioned this being a "Meissen majolica" item. Majolica is glazed earthenware, not porcelain. While there are non-porcelain Meissen objects like oven tiles or Boettger red stoneware these are totally different stuff that do not enter the discussion here. 

Comment by kathy park on December 31, 2013 at 12:25am

Vicki that is so stunning - pity the repairs were done so bad but if it is meissen would be great to re-fix as you said (at least the hands are sitll there and they are very well done) - i like this one

happy new year as well

Comment by vicki hufstetler on December 30, 2013 at 8:24pm

I'm hoping Mr. Nicholas has time to take a look, but I'd welcome others opinions as well. The cobalt blue markings are under the glaze.

Size is approx. 22" high by 15" width at the widest part. There are no lines across the base either ( as per a second, non perfect item).

Happy New Year!

Comment by vicki hufstetler on December 30, 2013 at 8:21pm

So this is page two of two:

This is the one with damage.

Comment by vicki hufstetler on December 30, 2013 at 8:16pm

Hello, I've finally cleaned up my ( I hope) Antique Meissen Majolica compote/urn. I'm not even sure what one calls this?

Anyway, I got it at an auction, and before bidding I paid particular attention to the amazing details of the faces, hands, the fine, reticulated basket of the compote, etc. I then saw the damage to one of the putti, but thought, what the heck, that could be fixed.

So here goes, I took lots of photo's - I made take up two pages:

Comment by vicki hufstetler on April 28, 2011 at 6:35pm
your awesome Mr. Nic! :) my local auction house has some fantastic pieces coming up - believe most of them are antique - and a few are just huge and gorgeous!


Comment by Nicholas Zumbulyadis on April 28, 2011 at 4:34pm
For the purposes of this page it is important that accurate information be transmitted to the members. Of the Meissen lots in this auction only #735 is 19 c. Lot #614 is Thuringian (Tetau as the upside down T indicates), not Meissen, and lot #719 is probably also not Meissen at least the mark is not shown. The rest are post 1934 Meissen (swords with curvature and no pommels on their hilts)
Comment by ATM Antiques & Auction ~ Amy on April 28, 2011 at 3:17pm
some nice Meissen pieces in our auction on Saturday you can view them on http://www.proxibid.com/charliefudge they are in the second session beginning at 5pm, enjoy - Amy
Comment by Nicholas Zumbulyadis on February 27, 2011 at 6:41am
This is a very interesting site. Great contribution, Katie! I could spend hours exploring it (which I have not done yet) and compare it to a recent bilingual German/English book that covers the same subject (currently in more detail). However, the book is pricy (290 EUR) and it is what it is, i.e. it cannot be expanded as new information and details emerge. The beauty of a website is that it can constantly expand, and given a good monitor provide one with much better, richer images (even object movies, i.e. 360-degree video clips). I will report back in a couple of days with my observations.

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