What Are Some Features of German Porcelain Figurines?


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Features of German porcelain figurines include intricate detailing, depictions of characters from daily life and history, illusion of fabric clothes, sparkling surfaces that appear to be moist and heavy weights. German porcelain figurines range in size from tiny depictions of children to life-size pets.

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Many German porcelain figurines depict famous characters from history or the Bible, such as Noah or Jesus. However, most of the figurines depict everyday characters, including children, pets and court ladies.

Hard-paste porcelain first came to Germany in 1710 through the work of Johann Bottger, an alchemist from Dresden. Bottger crafted the majority of his porcelain figurines at his workshop in Meissen.

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