As Europe’s first manufacturer of fine porcelain, Meissen quickly established itself as the innovator in European ceramics, striking fascination among members of nobility. Since the factory's creation in 1708, the proprietary, innovative Meissen formula has produced some of the finest examples of antique porcelain. Called “white gold” because of its high price, rarity and desirability, Meissen porcelain has been considered the finest by European aristocracy as well as decorative arts connoisseurs for 250 years.
Today, these rare, intricate pieces from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries are particularly in demand. With a highly successful recent sale in New York of Meissen porcelain deaccessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sotheby's continues to be your most reliable resource to sell your Meissen porcelain.Meissen & More from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s CollectionLaunch Slideshow
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Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I sell my Meissen porcelain with Sotheby's?Sotheby's offers auctions throughout the year in Paris, London and New York that feature Meissen porcelain as well as other decorative arts and ceramics. Our auctions, both live and online, attract collectors, academics, museum curators and new buyers from around the world. When you are ready to sell your Meissen porcelain, simply submit information and photographs online and a specialist will contact you with our suggested auction estimate, sale date and location.
- How do I ship my Meissen porcelain to Sotheby's?The first step is to submit your information and photographs online. Our specialists will contact you with our suggested auction estimate, sale date and location. After those details are agreed upon, Sotheby's can help you obtain a shipping quote. Sotheby's works with the top white-glove art shippers around the world who can safely transport even the most fragile of antiques.
- How can I tell if my porcelain was made by Meissen?Many Meissen porcelain pieces feature two blue crossed swords to the underside. It can, however, be difficult to authenticate based on these marks since other factories have similar marks and the Meissen mark itself has changed over time. Our specialists have many years of experience in valuing and selling Meissen porcelain and can assist you in authenticating and valuing your Meissen porcelain before it is sold at auction. The first step is to submit clear photographs of the overall piece and details of any marks on the underside or reverse.
Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy and sell decorative art such as a Meissen porcelain or ceramic sculpture, figurine, figure, clock, plate, dessert plate, dish, bowl, cup, coffee pot, coffee service, mug or pitcher that depicts a bird, animal, dog, elephant, rhinoceros, menagerie, harlequin, flowers, chinoiserie, especially those modelled by Kaendler, Kandler, Kirchner, Reinicke and Eberlein with crossed swords and AR marks.