How do you identify German porcelain makers?


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Identify German porcelain makers by looking for the identifiable marks used by German companies; these makers' marks are available for viewing in online catalogs or reference books. Some marks, such as those appearing on Rosenthal porcelain dating between 1907 and 1956, contain the word "Germany."

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Some German porcelain makers' marks contain the region or city in which the piece was made. For instance, one of the earliest marks used by the first porcelain factory in Europe, Meissen, reads MPM for Meissner Porzellan Manufaktur. Meissen is both the name of the city in which the porcelain was made and the company name. Another mark from this company says "B.P.T." followed by "Dresden" and the number 1739. Dresden is the name of a nearby German city as well as the name of a specific porcelain collection.

The L. Hutschenruether porcelain factory was located in Bavaria, Germany. Between 1955 and 1969, this company's mark contained the name of the region and country along with the company name and a lion icon. R.S. Prussia, a porcelain company operating in the late 1800s, used a red mark with greenery separating the words. Porcelain with crowns as part of the marks can denote a number of European porcelain companies, many of which aren't based in Germany. However, some German companies such as Sitzendorf do use a crown icon.

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