Captivating porcelain

Nymphenburg, Openwork Richly Painted Centerpiece, 19th C.

Loved, desired and valued

The manner in which porcelain symbolizes the consolidation of art and workmanship-perfection is simply fascinating. Porcelain was first created in the Chinese empire around the year 620. From the 13th century onwards, porcelain established itself among the royal courts of Europe. In order to circumvent the enormous cost of importing porcelain, an enormous Europe wide effort was made to discover the secret behind porcelain production. After numerous failed attempts, success finally arrived in 1708 when the process was recreated in Dresden. The methodology was subsequently perfected in the neighboring town of Meißen. In the following decades, numerous manufactories sprang up all over Europe, which contributed to the continued development of porcelain art. To this day, top quality can only be guaranteed through meticulous workmanship, which requires immense patience, experience and the production of self-produced porcelain mass and colors.

In the Auctionata shop you will find this white gold in its purest form and in the most diverse styles. Whether elegant, playful or modern- discover exclusive specimens for your home and complete services for a stylish household. Our shop also offers fine cutlery and other unique top quality items from the best manufactories such as Meissen, KPM, Herend, Nymphenburg and Rosenthal.

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The highlights in our shop

Nymphenburg, Porcelain Figure of ‘Ceres‘,
Germany, 20th C.

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Masterpieces from top manufactories

Meissen Encrier ‘aux bergeres’ with Ormolu Mounting, 18th C

Meissen

Since its founding in 1710, the crossed swords of the Meissen brand have stood for accomplished porcelain manufacture for over 300 years. Furthermore, this symbol is the oldest manufacturer’s brand still in use today. Meissen porcelain has a global reputation for the finest quality and craftsmanship perfection. The manufactory relies on its own mine to supply the raw materials it requires and trains all of its own porcelain painters and craftsmen over several years. All this results in porcelain whose quality and artistic value enjoys the greatest of reputations.

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Porcelain Bowl with Flowers and Gold Paint, KPM, around 1900

KPM

Frederick the Great founded the ‘Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur’ in 1763, which went on to establish Prussia as a ‘white gold’ producing powerhouse. The manufactory has been headquartered at the Berlin Tiergarten since 1871, at which time they specialized on the production of their famous porcelain tiles. Despite the destruction of the manufactory during the Second World War, KPM has reestablished itself amongst the most renowned porcelain manufacturers in the world and its name represents nothing less than top shelf porcelain craft. Alongside KPM and Meissen, we also offer porcelain from other prominent manufacturers such as Herend and Nymphenburg.

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Porcelain, more than just crockery

47 Piece Table Service ‘Sanssouci Royal‘ by Rosenthal, 20th C

Quality, versatility and style

Porcelain wares hailing from the biggest manufactories are presented at world expositions and have graced the tables of many European royal courts. Nevertheless, porcelain is much more than fine crockery. Porcelain craft relies on the very best craftsmanship, which, with the help of designers and artists, results in exquisitely beautiful and accomplished items.

Merely producing optimal porcelain mass is a highly elaborate process which requires years of experience. In the production of top class porcelain, the casting, drying and assembly process, along with fine detail modeling, is carried out entirely by hand. Finally, the porcelain is painted free-hand and the gold decorations are polished. All paints are individually produced from a manufactory’s own pigments. The glazing and colors combine during the firing process, creating an unparalleled shine. All these steps result in porcelain masterpieces, which bring delight in the shape of fine table services, exclusive decorations and highly desired collector’s items. Look forward to future Auctionata auctions with fine porcelain from the best manufactories.

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Highlights from our auctions

Magnificent Potpourri Porcelain Vase, KPM, Germany, around 1913

KPM Potpourri porcelain vase

One of the absolute auction highlights of porcelain craft at Auctionata was the magnificent Potpourri porcelain vase, which was created by the ‘Königlichen Porzellan-Manufaktur’ (KPM) in 1900. Despite an estimated value of €4,000, the vase more than doubled this sum when it went under the hammer for €10,523 (incl. buyer’s premium). This extra special item of Berlin porcelain craft is most likely one of the most popular and gorgeous vases types of Wilheminist historicism.

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Important Pair of Meissen Candelabras with Chinese Boys, 1750s

Meissen candelabra

A further auction highlight came in the shape of an opulently styled pair of Chinese youths from the Meissen manufactory, dating back to around 1750. Entering the auction with a starting price of €7,000, this extraordinary item eventually found a proud new owner for the sum of €18,570 (incl. buyer’s premium). This pair of candlesticks is an outstanding example of Meissen porcelain craft. They were created by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706 – 1775) and Friedrich Elias Meyer (1723 – 1785), two of the most renowned modelling masters of the Meissen manufactory.

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Porcelain – it’s full of surprises

Unexpected treasure of porcelain art: oriental looking coffee service

On a turkish coffee date with our experts

Daily, more than 250 international Auctionata experts valuate a huge variety of items from around the world. Frequently, they will be surprised to discover objects of unimaginable value and extreme rarity. Often, the owners of such objects do not even know the treasures lying in their basements, attics or cabinets.

A very special case occurred with an oriental looking coffee service made ​​of porcelain, which our expert Antoine Bauernfeind discovered more or less accidentally at a viewing appointment in Vienna. This high quality and extremely rare porcelain service was not even provided by the owner for a valuation, as they considered it worthless. It was then a pleasant surprise when the coffee service was sold for a very impressive amount of money.

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