Vintage Antique Dresden German Porcelain Figurine Lace
This listing is for a lovely antique porcelain lace figurine. It measures about 5.5" inches wide, 4.25" inches deep, and 4.75" inches high. The piece belonged to the seller's grandmother when the seller, who is middle-aged, was a young girl. It's marked on the bottom "WR Dresden-___ Made In Germany" and is impressed with the number 499. We can't decipher the word following "Dresden". Our research indicates this may be known as a "crinoline" figurine. It's in very good overall condition with no apparent chips or crazing. Upon close inspection, we found what appear to be a few small cracks on the underside. This listing has no reserve price so don't miss your chance to win!
"The famous "Dresden lace," was a method developed by Dresden decorators in which real lace was dipped in liquid porcelain and then applied to the figures by hand. The result was a stunningly delicate appearance that was almost indistinguishable from soft fabric.
"However, Dresden lace is so fragile that it can be damaged by even a light touch. The fact that so many pieces still remain intact ... is a testament both to the value of the work, and the care of those who have preserved them over several generations.
"The most famous Dresden figurines are the "crinoline groups," which portray various aspects of court life, such as dancing or playing musical instruments, or sometimes amorous scenes.
"Unfortunately, much of the work and the history of all the porcelain produced in Dresden was destroyed during the allied bombings of World War II. In a single night, most Dresden decorating studios were obliterated along with many historical documents, and the porcelain painting business has never fully recovered. However, owing largely to the vast popularity of the Dresden style, much of it remains preserved in antique shops and private collections around the world.
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