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German Porcelain – A Classic Representation of Teutonic Artistry

German porcelain is made into dinnerware, figurines, ash trays, decors, kitchen items and condiment containers. They make perfect gift items or part of a person’s fine collection.

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German Porcelain - Pairing Durability with Beauty

German products are known for their durability and this includes items made of German porcelain. Items made of this material are used to enhance the dining experience with china of the rich and famous. German porcelain comes in various designs that complement whatever theme one follows at home. They can be old-fashioned and traditional or contemporary and stylish. Dinnerware can be accented with charming flowers for casual dinners with guests or classic and plain china used for business affairs. Some products are crafted by hand and hand painted. This adds to its classification as a precious collector’s item and its high end price.

German Pottery - Their Practical Applications

The methods used in German pottery were the same ones used in church spires and posts in houses in the fifteenth century. Glazes were also applied to architectural structures including transepts. Clay was used for structures due to the scarcity and costliness of stone. It was in this setting that pottery developed. Pots produced during this time were made without moulds and were decorated with grotesques and leaves in relief. Dominant among German pottery items were products in copper green. Stoneware produced mugs, jugs and pots. Jugs were usually made depicting a man’s head and a flowing beard, which resulted to calling them “bearded jugs” or bermanekes.

German Porcelain Marks - Guarantees

Porcelain products from Germany have a distinct signature on them, which was made by its manufacturers. However, genuine German porcelain marks can be imitated by other factories to mislead consumers in buying their product sometimes at a cost similar to that of a genuine product. Before the nineteenth century, marks were impressed by hand. Porcelain marks were introduced by the oldest porcelain manufacturer in Germany, the Meissens. It was initially made to guarantee the origin of the item. Aside from the factory mark, an impressed model number as well as the artist’s signature can be found. The artist’s signature was included not in the same way as an artist signs his paintings, but as a mark indicating who is to be paid for the work.

Written by Nelly Kendrick

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