Dating sitzendorf marks
This was the very first porcelain manufacturer in Europe and was appropriately named “Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen” only a few miles away from Dresden.
And although the name changed somewhat when Germany no longer had a Royal family, to “State’s Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen”, most collectors refer to products by this factory, which is still in full operation, as simply “Meissen” or “Dresden”.
It also includes known copies of these marks, down to those used nowadays on recent Asian imports.
However, the most important side-effect and a challenge of all this Meissen mania, at least for most collectors, has been the proper valuation or appraisal of the numerous antique copies, which are often as magnificent as the authentic ones.
Therefore, it is particularly important that Meissen marks are examined very carefully and compared against authentic ones with great attention.
Our research website, in the Ceramics section, provides a huge database of porcelain marks as used by both the original Meissen factory and the various Dresden area studios.
In 1872 Emperor Francis Joseph made the manufactory oficially the Supplier to the Imperial and Royal Court.
In 1874 Mór Farkasházi Fischer retired, the management of the factory was taken over by his sons.
Since 1843 and well into the 1940s, her factory produced items that were almost indistinguishable in quality and used forged Meissen marks that looked practically identical, like the intertwined AR initials, especially in the beginning.
The manufactory in Herend was established by Vince Stingl in 1826. In 1839 this situated near lake Balaton factory was bought by Mór Fischer. Herend won a golden medal at the first World Exhibition in London in 1851. They are guided probably by both - their personal preferences and trying to generate some material values, nay, even multiplying value by creating a set of individual pieces.
Next exhibitions became important for Herend factory as a venue to present new product lines. In 1992 the factory became again a share-holding company. Since 1990 Herend marks have had date codes, as seen below (K91 - November 1991), incorporated in it. There is a drop of boasting in gathering, as well as a desire to stop the magic that is hidden in old things used by the former generation.
Not only other newer porcelain factories began to use these marks in Germany, but this practice expanded to a number of decorating and art studios that did not necessarily have their own manufacturing facility to produce porcelain.
Furthermore, this furious copying of both the style and marks as used by the original Meissen factory was soon to become a thriving business in the rest of Europe like in France, England and elsewhere.