|> Newsgroups: rec.collecting
|> Subject: Re: Wanted: Info on Dresden Figurines
|> Organization: NCR Corporation, Corp. Prof. Servs.
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|> Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1993 22:18:08 GMT
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|> >I just bought a Dresden figurine for a Christmas gift for my wife.
|> >was an impulse buy, so I don't know if I was ripped off. The figure
|> >of a young girl about 8 inches high, dancing. She is wearing the
|> >trademark Dresden lace dress.
|> >I really liked the figure and I'm not into collecting or investing
|> >for sheer interest, I'd like to know the following:
|> > Are Dresdens produced today, anywhere?
|> > How can I identify where and when it was made?
|> > What is the Dresden story?
|> > Is there a market for this type of figure?
|> >Pointers to any good references, museum displays or collections
|> would be
|> My mother could be wrong, but according to her, Dresden statuary is
|> worth a lot of money. It was produced in Dresden, Germany before the
|> war. After the war, when Germany was split in two, production
|> stopped. I cannot answer any of your other questions.
|> When you mention the lace dress, though, I become a bit suspicious
|> because I have seen many different brands of statuary which show
|> women in hooped gowns that have intricate and delicate porcelain lace
|> webbing attached. I have seen such statues in flea markets and they
|> typically say "Japan" on the bottom, or they do not have any mark at
|> all. If your statue is authentic Dresden, it should say so somewhere
|> at the base of the statue.
|> I would imagine that you can find information on Dresden statuary in
|> any antique guide, or possibly the encyclopedia.
After doing a little research, I've found out that Dresden is a generic
name for porcelain figures made in and around the city of Dresden. Each
piece has a mark that identifies the factory where it was made. The
figurine I bought has a mark from the factory called VEB and it could
have been made anywhere from the 1940s to 1972, according to the book:
"Marks on German, Bohemian, and Austrian Porcelain"
by Robert Rontgen
The original Dresden, called Meisen was made in mid 1700 and is
identified by a cross swords mark. Those are worth a lot of money and
were imitated by many factories in the Dresden region, Ireland, and
So, If you have any around your house or a relatives, look on the bottom
for the mark. It could be worth several thousand dollars.
I still haven't found out if I payed a fair price for the piece I
bought. I've never seen them in stores or on display. Does anyone know
of stores or displays of Dresdens? Anyone ever hear of a factory called
V.E.B.? Anyone in or around Germany listening?