Wanted: Info on Dresden Figurines

Wanted: Info on Dresden Figurines

Post by Roy Taranti » Sun, 12 Dec 1993 00:09:47



Hi,

I just bought a Dresden figurine for a Christmas gift for my wife.  It
was an impulse buy, so I don't know if I was ripped off.  The figure is
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 but
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
appreciated.    

Thanks,
Roy

 
 
 

Wanted: Info on Dresden Figurines

Post by Roy Taranti » Thu, 16 Dec 1993 00:05:05



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|> >
|> >Hi,
|> >
|> >I just bought a Dresden figurine for a Christmas gift for my wife.
|> It
|> >was an impulse buy, so I don't know if I was ripped off.  The figure
|> is
|> >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
|> but
|> >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
|> >appreciated.  
|> >
|> >Thanks,
|> >
|>
|> 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
Japan.  

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?

Thanks,
Roy