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    Or rather they are not!!. The description reads; " Large pair of early 20th C Meissen vases and covers, the ovoid bodies painted with panels of exotic birds, fruit and foliage in gilt reserve panels, the domed covers with onion finials, blue Augustus Rex mark and label 'Meissen 1690 £28 not to be…
what do this pair of parrots and the pair of figures of  a man and woman have in common?  Few pairs of any item be it Meissen or for that matter other factories can be classified as true pairs unless both models are painted with identical colours. This is the common factor between this pair…
Bonhams sale celebrating 500 years of European Ceramic Production was a sale to be proud of. What differentiated this sale  was a large collection of 19th  and 20th century Meissen Porcelain with more specific lots when compared to previous sales over the years. Back during the 1990's it was the Japanese who supported the market…
The following videos are a preview of the Bonhams Sale; “500 years of European Ceramics", to be held on July 5 2021 Viewing the European Ceramics on the shelves in the warehouse in Bonhams is like the never ending story. This sale is amongst the largest of its type ever held with a vast quantity…
The following video is of one of a pair of exceptional quality Meissen Pate sur Pate vases that sold at Christies for £55,000 plus buyers premium shows there is still demand for the finest and rarest. Even though both vases had been drilled through the Meissen factory blue crossed swords mark.   https://www.youtube.com/embed/1RJgOpn-iaA
    From time to time The Meissen Man visits specialist antique dealers to see some of their exciting and rare stock. Today's visit was to KandM antiques in Grays Antiques Centre London to inspect a fabulous set of Meissen Cabinet plates painted Ernst August Leuteritz(for more information scroll down below. Leuteritz is a  name…
It never ceases to amaze me the volume of porcelain Meissen produced during their first forty years of production. Considering rarities are still turning up at auctions in both the major and minor salesrooms everywhere. In one way Meissen was emulating the Chinese; the only difference being porcelain production in China was on a far…
It is always useful to know where any one piece originated from. Provenance helps collectors identify with the history of a piece. A simple example of this is this very rare white figure of a lioness. The crossed swords mark painted in blue is hardly discernible. It will take someone with keen eyesight to discover…
How often do you read a story online and notice grammatical errors.  Be it in the news or elsewhere. Mistakes can be easily made. At least they are unlikely to be costly to yourself. But in the case of the problems auction salesrooms encounter; particularly in the provinces not necessarily London or other major cities…
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev6GoQg-yPA Discussing a major pair of Meissen ‘Limoge Enamel’ Krater Vases with Nette Megens European Ceramics specialist at Bonhams.  This pair of Krater Vases were painted by the renowned head of the painting and modelling department at Meissen; Ernst August Leuteritz. Responsible for the greatest quality achievements during his employment at the Meissen Factory…
It is a well known fact that we can all make mistakes when describing something. We think we know what it is but we learn we are wrong. This is the nature of the beast. The beast being the knowledge one is expected to know buying and selling and collecting antiques. Collectors and dealers including…
Scams are going on all the time in the antique trade by those persons who unsuspectingly describe a fake or reproduction as genuine. In my opinion if the person writing out the description is not absolutely sure a piece is authentic then he should find a qualified valuer to describe a piece. It is generally…
In this short video I examine a medium size pair of Meissen Nodding Chinaman also known as Pagoda figures. Each of these articulated figures work via a mechanical mechanism set inside the figure. A lead weight is attached to the hands, the head and the tongue. This pair are the middle size of three sizes…
Hopefully you would have purchased my Meissen Tradesman Catalogue. There is a reason I am saying this as it contained 1704 black and white Images(colour images had not really been invented for book publication at the time the two publications were made).  The catalogues were for sole use of the Meissen Manufacturer's Salesman's  Inventory to…
If your interest is Meissen Porcelain then learning about the home of the Victorian Industrialist Cecil Higgins is a must after Lockdown has ended. The Cecil Higgins Art Gallery in Bedford around an hours drive north of London; The gallery is located just north of the river but within a stone throws of the high…
Scaramuccia from the Series of Italian Comedy Scaramuccia, is also known as Scaramouche, a roguish clown character. Extremely suspicious, miserly and hot tempered, he had a lively imagination bur rarely spoke. He was a Neapolitalian valet, found of the bottle, intrigue and women, quick-tempered, agile of foot and with fingers that could dip un-noticed into…
Meissen Fraud To understand a little about Meissen fraud it is necessary to understand the different types of fraud. There are many different types of fraud. Fraud appears when the blue crossed swords mark is tampered with, the blue crossed swords mark is erased.  Authentic Meissen porcelain is recognisable by an authentic blue crossed swords mark. However…
There is a reason the images below are spaced out in the manner they are. Its all about confusing your abilities to recognise something very important and pertinent to what all collectors, buyers and sellers of Meissen know. Read the information below to learn more.         Your…
Inset: An Italian Comedy Group read the latest Blog story below. The V & A  museum in South Kensington in London  is renowned  for having the largest and finest collection of decorative arts found in any museum worldwide. If you have a passion for the collecting or buying and selling then a visit to the…
Meissen Fraud; the Art of Deception  The featured vases together with the spurious crossed swords mark above recently came up at an auction catalogued as Meissen. Read on to find out all about Meissen Fraud. It can be said the art of deception or fraud has been going on for a millennia. From the very…
  The Plate above illustrates the main Meissen  Trade Marks since 1720   The Story of the origins of the Meissen Crossed Swords Trade Mark Since around AD 700  China had dominated porcelain making before the discovery of making porcelain at Meissen in 1707.  The chemist and and mathetician Einfried Walter Tschirnhaus aided by his…
Tureen at Wimpole All images Courtesy of The National Trust Meissen Porcelain; A world in its own right bought by the highest echelons of British Aristocracy. From the collections seen at the National Trust.  It didn't take long for the word to spread to the homes of the Aristocracy in England about the invention of…
    Inspired by to Saint Petersburg during the summer of 2019 The Meissen Man takes you on a brief tour of the Hermitage. What do you observer looking at the photo in the link above. The size of what was once the home of Catherine The Great is simply mesmerising and to the left…
The Meissen Man shreds some light on how to invest wisely in Meissen Porcelain. Like any form of collecting, what makes certain items more rare and worthy to appreciate in value depends on fashion. If suddenly a certain period, style, design in Meissen Porcelain becomes fashionable. Then there is a likelihood that its value could…
The Meissen Man's intention is to give the uninitiated a brief tour of the understanding of how the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory dominated porcelain making in Europe and in some respects where figural pieces were concerned even that of China whose colossal output far dwarfed that of Meissen due to the sheer number of population of…
For some people it is a visit of a life time. While I would like to say this was the same for me it is more the case that I find any museum's collections awe inspiring. Museums have been for centuries the libraries for the general population to see at close hand the marvels of…
The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg like other museums around the world houses great collections paintings and works of art. Its Meissen Porcelain room albeit rather small when compared to other major International museums even so the pieces of display are still exceptional and rare. Within several large display cases is seen a period beginning…
Museums can only accumulate their vast collections by way of donations from collectors who bequeath them upon their deaths or at an earlier period. Taking on board the idea that the Manager of the modelling department at Meissen from 1730 to his death in 1777 Johann Kandler purportedly was responsible to have modelled more than…
The Victoria and Albert Museum is an ideal location to get an education when it comes to learning about world ceramics arguably the world's largest selection, more so than any other museum. Only a fraction is on display at any one time but always a strong section of Meissen Porcelain dating from the very earliest…
A Rare Meissen Armorial Wine Glass Holder Armorial's are arms belonging to aristocratic families that ordered Meissen to make services for them bearing the arms of their ancestry. These armorial pieces originate circa 1740's. Armorials are found on every type of service wares such as tea bowls and cups and saucers, plates, coffee and teapots,…
This pair of Meissen Pagoda Figures;  also known as Nodders. These Nodding figures are the most unusual types of figures in which they have articulated hands and head. Each moveable part is attached to a lead weight that acts as a pendulum. While originally made by Kaendler hardly any of the models exist. There…
Meissen Porcelain is found in every auction house around the world, be it online auction platforms, Ebay, Amazon, The-Saleroom, Easy-Live. These platforms service the many auctioneers selling items belonging to a multitude of vendors where it may not be possible to get a refund should an item prove not to be genuine   . As a…
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