Meissen Red Dragon dinnerware

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2015-06-26 10:40:00

Meissen Red Dragon dinnerware is porcelain dinnerware (also known as tableware) produced by German manufacturer Meissen.

 

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 Red Dragon dinnerware

Meissen Red Dragon dinnerware was first produced in the early 18th century, and is still made today. It is the red variant of the Meissen Court Dragon pattern.

Prior to 1730, the red version was used solely at the royal court of Augustus the Strong, elector of Saxony from 1694 to 1733.

Large quantities of Meissen Red Dragon dinnerware were discovered in Hitler’s Kehlsteinhaus, at his Obersalzberg retreat in Bavaria, Germany. Many items were taken by the US military and occasionally appear on the market.

The pattern features depictions of fighting Ho Ho birds and elongated dragons. The pattern was produced on a vast range of dinnerware.

How much is Meissen Red Dragon dinnerware worth?

Value depends greatly upon age and condition.

A circa 1735 to 1740 teapot and cover sold for £1,175 at Sotheby’s in 2002.

Good condition antique plates can be found for around £80.

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