Perhaps even more popular than the dinnerware are the lace porcelain figurines that were produced in Dresden during the same period.Elaborate figures and "groupings" were made in large quantities, and are still produced in Germany to this day.
Read more Dresden refers to an artistic movement within porcelain making, rather than a particular manufacturer.
While Dresden decoration rivaled that of Meissen porcelain, no actual porcelain was produced in Dresden. With more than 200 porcelain painting shops in Dresden between 18 and no actual factory, there was no definitive Dresden mark.
The secret of hard paste porcelain, previously the exclusive knowledge of the Chinese and Japanese exporters, was actually discovered under the commission of Augustus the Strong in the city of Dresden.
The first porcelain-producing factory, however, was begun fifteen miles away in the city of Meissen, in 1710.
Dresden china is often described as "rococo revival" style.
Rococo comes from the French word "rocaille" meaning rock work or grotto work, and refers to the artificial grottoes used in French gardens that were decorated with irregularly shaped stones and seashells.
The most famous Dresden figurines are the "crinoline groups," which portray various aspects of court life, such as dancing or playing musical instruments, or sometimes amorous scenes.
Many of these were produced under the original Dresden blue crown mark seen on the dinnerware, but several other manufactures imitating the Dresden style attained a degree of artistry that rivaled the original studios.
Later, other decorators employed the Crown and Dresden mark, and such names as Franziska Hirsch, Ambrosius Lamm, Carl Thieme (vases/urns, decorative) and Helena Wolfsohn have also become synonymous with Dresden china.
The works of several of these decorating studios are represented in the Antique China Porcelain & Collectibles collection.
While the work of Dresden decorators often rivaled that produced in Meissen, no actual porcelain was produced in Dresden.