Meissen Art Nouveau figurines

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2015-06-26 10:39:56

Meissen Art Nouveau figurines are porcelain figurines produced by German manufacturer Meissen in the early 20th century.

 

Background

Meissen is a German porcelain manufacturer, established in 1710 in the town of Meissen. It was the first factory to produce European hard-paste porcelain.

Meissen is particularly known for its figurines of humans and animals, as well as its dinnerware. It remains one of the world’s foremost porcelain manufacturers, and continues to produce a number of styles and designs that date from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Meissen Art Nouveau figurines

Meissen Art Nouveau figurines were first produced in the early 20th century, taking their inspiration from Hentschel’s art nouveau children’s series, which were first made in 1905.

Theodor Eichler, Hermann Fritz, Erich Höse, Alfred König and Adolf Rehm were among the sculptors who produced pieces, which mostly depicted women and children.

The styling of the pieces was a major departure from the traditional Meissen figurines produced in the previous century.

How much are Meissen Art Nouveau figurines worth?

Good condition Meissen Art Nouveau figurines sell for around £600. Rare pieces achieve more.

An apple girl example achieved $1,304 (£823) at an eBay auction in February 2012.

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