The condition of any piece is critical in establishing the value. Here The Meissen Man talks about the different types of damage that can occur and the importance of finding the correct restorer for the restoration job.
Any piece of Meissen may become a problem piece if over any period of time it has not been looked after in a responsible manner.
What is a responsible manner?
Meissen is more brittle than other porcelain therefore extra care has to be taken that it does not become damaged.
How does damage occur?
Damage may occur in a variety of ways. Inadequate packaging during transportation may cause damage. But there are other ways damage can be caused especially if the damage is not so easily identifiable.
The older the piece of Meissen is the more easily damage can occur. Causes of damage can be fading from being subjected to strong sun light. Even cracking of porcelain can occur from great differences in ambient surrounding temperature.
Generaly any mishandling correctly any piece may cause damage as well as incorrect methods of cleaning such as using a duster particularly fingers and hands, teos and feet can be easily broken. However there are other types of issues that can arise whereby any piece may become a problem piece because of spurious intentions.
Spurious intentions first started in Paris in the early 1720’s where Meissen was sold as genuine Japanese porcelain imitating the factories of Kakiemon, Arita and Imari.
The purpose was deception. The finest Japanese porcelains were rated as amongst the most expensive of the Oriental Porcelains including Chinese porcelain of the same period. Therefore since Meissen Porcelain was the only porcelain availble in significant quanity during the first quarter of the eighteenth century fraudently selling Meissen as authentic Japanese could be very profitable. So much so that the Parisian Dealer Lumiere attempted to persuade the management at Meissen to supply him with an endless supply of Meissen porecalin decorated in the far eastern taste without the crossed swords trademark. This of course incurred the wrath of Augustus the Strong who was at loggerheads with him as to how he could enhance sales of Meissen but with the crossed swords mark erased. What eventually occurred were pieces of early 18th century Meissen being sold as authentic Japanese in the first half of the eighteenth century where attempts made to erase the crossed swords mark meant a rubbing of the glaze over and around where the crossed swords makr originally lay being the only evidence that the Japanes original was in fact Meissen with the trademark missing and only identified in the many years to come.