The figure depicts a courting couple in 18th century style, with the young couple enjoying a romantic moment or dance scene. Everything on this piece is finely detailed, from their exuberant expressions to their colorful clothes and detailed facial accents. Early Dresden porcelain did not have hallmarks. No Dresden Hallmark was noted on this piece.
The couple is standing on the waves, supported by a two-tier bronze base with ornate metalwork. This makes the piece both beautiful and functional as a lamp. This figurine was likely converted to electricity in the early 1900s. This piece needs some minor cleaning and does show minor wear consistent with its age and the conversion to a wired lamp. However, it is in overall excellent condition and is sure to be a cherished addition to any home.Base Width 9" x 7.8" Deep x 17 Top of Socket to Bottom. Brass Base Height (Combined 2 Tiers) 2.4. Porcelain Foundation Height (Figurines standing on) 1.5. Figurines Measure 8.75 Tall +. Total Height (Base to Shade Top Screw) 26.75 +.
Weight (No Shade) 4lb 6oz. Dresden porcelain work did not have hallmarks in their early years. There are a few reasons for this. First, porcelain manufacturing in Dresden was a relatively new industry in the early 18th century.
It was not until the 1720s that the first successful porcelain factory was established in the city. As a result, there was no established system for marking Dresden porcelain.
Second, the early Dresden porcelain factories were small and privately owned. They did not have the same need to mark their products as larger, more commercial factories. Third, the early Dresden porcelain was of such high quality that it did not need to be marked to distinguish it from other porcelain. Dresden porcelain was prized for its delicate white body and its exquisite decoration.It was highly sought-after by collectors and royalty throughout Europe. It was not until the late 18th century that Dresden porcelain began to be marked with hallmarks. This was done in response to the increasing number of counterfeit Dresden porcelain on the market.
The early Dresden hallmarks were typically simple and consisted of a letter or number. More complex hallmarks, including the crossed swords mark, were not introduced until the 19th century. We believe this is an early Dresden porcelain piece without the hallmark.
We are not qualified Dresden experts but have considered a number of factors that were used to try to authenticate this porcelain piece, including the quality of the porcelain, the style of the decoration, and the presence of any other markings, such as artist signatures or factory marks. Dimensions: See Lamp Dimensions Data Above. Weight: 5 lbs 7oz (Unboxed). We will respond to you within 24 hours and do our best to help you out!
Item condition is reflected in the listing photos. Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact.