Antique Volkstedt Figurines
Antique Volkstedt Figurines are original porcelain figurines produced by the German manufacturer Volkstedt.
Brief history and description
The Volkstedt brand begun in 1760 in Thuringen, Germany when George Heinrich Macheleid requisitioned the right to become the region's only producer of porcelain from the monarch Prince von Schwarzburg. The royal connections proved invaluable as permission was granted to source both fuel and food for the workers on the factory's own grounds.
The factory sourced its clay from Gabersdorf, its sand from Rudolfstadt and its glaze from Sitzendorf. In 1795 ninety different figurines were being produced.
From the 19th Century Volkstedt began to work alongside lace-making company Dresden, incorporating real lace into liquefied porcelain.
Collectors resource The Find lists a wide variety of vintage Volkstedt figurines with some 18th Century single figurines available from a modest $90 upwards. More intricate pieces incorporating the Dresden lace can be bought from upwards of $500.
Most pieces available in shops today are from the later factory and so so genuine vintage Volkstedt figurines are more easily located using online resources.
Results from Christies Auction House in London. The Auction was called European Ceramics and Glass and was held in March, 2008.
- A Volkstedt figure of Diana from circa. 1780. It sold for £500. (Approx. $993.)
- A figurine depicting a gardener and his companion. Also a small dog and basket of flower. Circa. 1780. Sold for £750. (Approx. $1,489.)
In an Estate, Antiques, Decorative & Fine Art Auction held by Bourchard Galleries, Florida in May, 2007:
- A lacy figure of a lady, seated on a chair and with gilt decoration and headdress. Sold for $750.
- Small figurine (approx. 4 inches) of three ballerinas dancing in a circle. Lace and gilt detail. Sold for $170.
- Larger figurine (approx. 12 inches) depicting music scene – a cellist, pianist and dancers. Sold for $600.
- Two figurines, a man and a woman. 8 inches tall. Woman is shown with a fan and the man with a walking stick. Sold for $150.