I have been meaning to do this for a while but I will add further information as more pieces come in – its a small informal pictorial guide to what is a real Meissen porcelain mark and what is a copy and will also illustrate how the mark changed over the centuries, I have added some dates to the illustrations but bare in mind as the same marks were used over a period of decades the dates provided are a general ball park so some caution has to be exercised when dating a piece from the style of the mark.
Its not really just a matter of comparing the mark; you have to assess the piece as a whole because some of the copied marks – particularly those found on some Edme Samson porcelain are near identical in style. You have to look at the mark in context; analysing the type of porcelain, the colours of the enamelling, the style of the modelling and the age of the piece in comparison to real Meissen – for example; does the age of the piece of porcelain match the style of the painted crossed swords?
I am doing this because it amazes me the amount of porcelain out there that is wrongly attributed to Meissen, I should add here that this is my own personal work and opinion and should not be used as a reference when buying, selling or appraising antiques….. and no, the oval MEISSEN mark with a star below it is definitely not genuine!
All the marks here are from pieces of my stock past and present.
More images to follow.
Now this is where it gets interesting – the following marks are NOT from pieces of Meissen porcelain…….