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My Vintage Porcelain Collection (With Photos)

I love the look and feel of vintage and antique items. My collections contain quite a few beautiful items that I enjoy sharing.

Royal Dresdener Pedestal Dish

Royal Dresdener Pedestal Dish

A Glimpse at My Vintage Porcelain Collection

Whether you would like to start a porcelain collection, identify your existing vintage and antique pieces, or shop auctions for additions to your collection, you will find valuable information here on identifying antique and vintage pieces.

I started selling collectibles online a while back. The host website guidelines required that I fully describe anything I sell. In doing my research for the items I was selling, I found fascinating information on identifying porcelain by its mark.

The more you discover about vintage porcelain, the more interesting it is. Even if you do not want to get into collecting, looking at the pretty pieces is enjoyable and relaxing.

My collection is mostly inherited. The family pieces have memories attached to them.

Different Ways to Build Your Porcelain Collection

  • You could collect everything by one manufacturer—all Royal Worcester or Spode.
  • You could collect one color or color combination. Many collections are formed around blue and white designs
  • You could collect figurines from different manufacturers of one item; e.g., cats, roses, or violets.
  • Maybe you would like to just collect from one particular country; e.g., Germany or Japan.
  • Another idea is to collect all of one thing: snuff boxes, hatpin holders, pitchers, etc.
Schumann/Bavaria: Royal Dresdner Compote Dish

Schumann/Bavaria: Royal Dresdner Compote Dish

Schumann/Bavaria: Royal Dresdner Compote Dish

This is one of a pair of compote dishes that I own. There is a base that screws on and off of this plate. This is the Royal Dresdner pattern with a scalloped edge pierced rim.

It was made by Porzellanfabrik Carl Schumann A.G., a factory that existed using this name from 1923–1994). The mark on the bottom was used from 1923 to 1948.

Pottery Mark: Dresdener Schumann Bavaria

Pottery Mark: Dresdener Schumann Bavaria

Pottery Mark of Schumann/Bavaria Compote Dish

This Royal Dresdner blue pottery mark is a little hard to read as it is inside the pedestal of the compote dish shown above and thus, not on a flat surface. It says "Royal Dresdener" "Carl Schuman" "Bavaria" with and image of a crown.

What you are also looking at is the butterfly nut that unscrews the pedestal from the flat top plate.

Leuchtenburg Bowl, Made in Germany

Leuchtenburg Bowl, Made in Germany

Leuchtenburg Bowl, Made in Germany

This bowl has been in our family for quite some time. It was my grandmother's.

There is limited information on Leuchtenburg. It appears they were at one time either absorbed by, or a division of Lehmann & Sohn (Lehmann & Son). There is information on the internet, but it is in German. My German is sparse.

Leuchtenberg Mark

Leuchtenberg Mark

Mark of Leuchtenberg Bowl

There is not much information on the green Leuchtenburg mark. It says "Leuchtenberg" "Germany". We can often date the piece by which version of the mark is being used.

Japanese Porcelain

Japanese products were marked "Nippon" from 1891 to 1921. "Nippon" refers only to the Japanese way of saying "Japan". It merely indicated that it was made in Japan.

There are many different manufacturers who marked their china "Nippon". The quality and value varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. To determine more about Japanese porcelain in the Nippon period you need to check the manufacturer marks. There are many Japanese porcelain manufacturers and thus many porcelain marks.

Nippon-Era Porcelain Is Available at Auction Sites

Remember to verify the pottery mark. There are a lot of forgeries on the market. Many forgeries are made in China and are very good copies. Some of the sellers are actually unsuspecting, and are not aware they are selling a forgery; some are not. Before you plunk down a lot of money for any piece, do some research.

Looking at similar items on the auction sites is another way to verify you are in the right price range when you bid. Do not base that estimate on the asking price. Some of those are overpriced and will either never sell or take a long time—until an uninformed person comes along.

Filter the pages by the auctions that are closing soonest, and look at the pieces people are bidding on and what they are bidding toward the end of the sale.

Andrea by Charles Sadek candle holder, formerly Charles Sadek Import Company

Andrea by Charles Sadek candle holder, formerly Charles Sadek Import Company

Andrea by Charles Sadek Candle Holder

The Charles Sadek Company is still operating. The image of the Sadek "Y" mark in the upper left hand corner. The number is the design number.

Factors That Influence the Value of Your Porcelain

  • If it is a quality piece. Sometimes a particular manufacturer is known for making high-quality items. Some other manufacturers make items of a lesser quality
  • Even some pieces that are worn are valuable if the wear is not unusual for its age. Of course, an older piece in excellent or mint condition is worth more than one that is worn.
  • The level of detail in a particular piece. A simple vase may be worth less than an intricate figurine made by the same manufacturer. Look at the different Royal Bayreuth items.
  • Scarcity or uniqueness. If for example it was a commissioned piece and there was only one made, the value goes way up. If the pattern is discontinued the may be fewer of those pieces available.
  • Having all the pieces of a set; for example, both candle holders and matching bowl, or the whole vanity set.
  • A history. It was commissioned by someone famous or for a famous event, such as a coronation or anniversary.
Sontag & Maisel floral patterned cup and saucer

Sontag & Maisel floral patterned cup and saucer

Sontag and Maisel

Sontag and Maisel

Sontag & Maisel Floral Patterned Cup and Saucer

The mark was used by Sontag & Maisel between 1882 and 1902.

The large "T" stands for Tettau, a municipality in Bavaria, West Germany, which was known for its many porcelain manufacturers.

Aynsley Pembroke Egg

There are quite a few pieces by Aynsley Pembroke on the market today.

Furstenberg bird coasters, made in Germany

Furstenberg bird coasters, made in Germany

Furstenberg Bird Coasters: Made in Germany

Made by Furstenberg, Germany. Furstenberg has been in business since 1747. These coasters are from the late 1970s through the early 1980s.

The coasters are numbered on back 02649; 1 through 6. Each coaster has a 3-7/8 inch diameter.

Wild game bird bowl, Moschendorf Factory, Bavaria

Wild game bird bowl, Moschendorf Factory, Bavaria

Game Bird Large Bowl: Porcelain Moschendorf Factory, Bavaria

The Porcelain Moschendorf Factory, Bavaria, Germany was in operation from circa 1904–1938. It is marked (green backstamp, PM with wreath and royal crown). This mark was used between 1895 and 1910.

Here is an interesting story about this bowl: My mom had six small dessert dishes that matched this bowl. They were given to her by her great aunt. Whenever my mom served dessert in these dishes, she would always say, "it's a shame Tante broke the big dish. Tante used to make Rote Grutze in the big bowl and dish it out in the little dishes."

My mom and her great aunt live in New York. One day I was wandering through a flea market in Connecticut and there was the large bowl. My mom was so surprised when she opened her Mother's Day Gift and found this bowl.

(Tante means "aunt" in German.)

P M dessert plates with wild game design

P M dessert plates with wild game design

Do Not Wash Your Porcelain in the Dishwasher

Older pigments, paints and gilding were not made to be dishwasher-safe.

Compare the dishes in the photo above, which were washed in the dishwasher, to the bowl above. See how the iridescent border has faded.

© 2012 Ellen Gregory

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Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on January 03, 2020:

Right now, baby boomer are all unloading their and their parents' fine items. There is not a big market anywhere as the newer generation wants microwavable and dishwasher safe. Try to find who ever will accept it. Maybe an upscale consignment shop in an upscale neighborhood might give you better luck.

Wendi Heath on January 03, 2020:

Yes what would be the best way to sell some China, would it be to try and sell it to a company as a replacement or too a consignment store ??

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on July 07, 2018:

If it's Nippon it should say "Nippon" on it. I don't believe there is the capability of uploading pictures to an article. This is not a forum.

Tracy M Thompson on July 05, 2018:

I have what I believe to be a Nippon hand painted mustard jar. It has a green makers mark with an M inside a wreath. Any and all thoughts are welcome... On a side bar, I am new to the group and would like to know if and how one can up-load pics.

PadmashriSriram on December 15, 2013:

Wow! An awesome collection. I too have some nice porcelain collection. An interesting lens.

PlumberJorge on October 20, 2013:

This is a really nice collection of porcelain. Nice lens. :)

KathyZ1 on October 15, 2013:

Wow, it is amazing.

mel-kav on October 06, 2013:

Such a beautiful collection. Wonderful lens.

Birthday Wishes from Here on August 04, 2013:

What a beautiful collection of porcelain... Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful lens!!!

anonymous on July 18, 2013:

Again, very useful information and beautiful pictures. Pictures are always clear sharp and showing details important to the piece. Not just a seller, but a knowledgeable collector.

bluelily lm on July 18, 2013:

Sheer smoothness of porcelain and the artful floral decoration is very enticing.

NoYouAreNot on July 05, 2013:

I really, really like porcelain pieces -- but only to admire them, never to own them! I wouldn't like to be so careful around them, no way!

yourbounty on July 02, 2013:

Beautiful items. I enjoy reading your lens, you share a lot of knowledge that is helpful to the rest of us

happynutritionist on July 02, 2013:

Wow, so many beautiful items with pretty details, I just love looking at your pictures, though I am nervous around is so fragile, and I'm afraid of breaking it. What an amazing collection.

zeptra on July 01, 2013:

it's a beautiful..

lionmom100 on April 11, 2013:

Absolutely beautiful.

Meyani on March 21, 2013:

woooowwww....beautiful collection. I will buy some set. thank for sharing.

Melanie Wilcox from Pennsylvania, USA on March 15, 2013:

such beauty! I've always wanted a really nice set of porcelain serving dishes. My aunt had one, and I've always just loved it. Thank you :)

worldflashpacker on March 09, 2013:

Some great ideas for adding to my Mum's collection as a Mothers Day Gift.

worldflashpacker on March 09, 2013:

Some great ideas for adding to my Mum's collection as a Mothers Day Gift.

Hal Gall from Bloomington, IN on March 01, 2013:

My wife would love the hummingbird coasters. Nice collection of porcelain.

Fabian Cornejo from Colorado on February 26, 2013:

I would be so scared to even be around that stuff. Kind of a bull in a china shop ya know?

Michelle Mafra from Corona CA on February 21, 2013:

SO pretty. Beautiful collection

racingdatabase on February 20, 2013:

This is a fantastic lens. You shared some excellent information here. I need to go "vintage" in future.... definitely :-)

anitabreeze on February 11, 2013:

Beautiful lens, thankyou for sharing your collection.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on February 08, 2013:

I love vintage and porcelain. Beautiful collection.

norma-holt on February 08, 2013:

Wow, what a collection. Beautifully done lens and display of the pieces. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013 and congrats on LOTD. Hugs

MarcellaCarlton on February 07, 2013:

Beautiful porcelain pieces! This lens is stunning from start to finish.

AngryBaker on February 07, 2013:

I have a number of pieces of German porcelain that came to me through family or as gifts... and I've also picked up some lovely pieces at antique sales. Your photos are beautiful, and your explanations are well thought out. Thanks

dingbat1932 on February 07, 2013:

Beuatiful collection, thank you for sharing.

nebby from USA on February 07, 2013:

It's hard to find quality and detail in today's porcelain at your local store so I am very glad that you have showcased a few places where we could find it.

Congratulations on LOTD!

Deborah Swain from Rome, Italy on February 07, 2013:

wow! those Pembroke Porcelain Eggs are exquisite...congratulations on LOTD - well deserved!

SteveKaye on February 06, 2013:

Thank you for sharing your beautiful collection on Squidoo.

FB-Explorer on February 06, 2013:

Thanks! You did a great job!

anonymous on February 06, 2013:

Very insteresting! I didn't know that there are so many things to know about porcelain.

Congratulations for LotD

anonymous on February 06, 2013:

Superb collection and great information on porcelain. Congratulations on getting LotD and the Purple Star!

ElsieNew on February 06, 2013:

What a fabulous collection. I was oh-ing and ah-ing all the way through. What beauty to behold!!!

Harriet from Indiana on February 06, 2013:

Congrats on purple star and lens of the day. I collect porcelain figurines primarily from Germany. Your collection is stunning. Terrific lens.

teach on February 06, 2013:

Congrats - Great lens! The wife and I enjoy finding Pixieware...yes, a bit kitschy but fun all the same.

Joanie Ruppel from Keller, Texas on February 06, 2013:

Very nice lens - it was calming to read just thinking about pretty things! I have a cup and saucer collection of which some are porcelain.

four SusieQ on February 06, 2013:

I enjoyed reading your lens. I have some pieces from my Grandmother, and now I have more information about them. Your writing has inspired me to get them out and research their origins. I love the great pictures you included.

anonymous on February 06, 2013:

Sooo beautiful!

Julia Morais on February 06, 2013:

My dad had some nice pieces of porcelain...most of them were given away by my mom who didn't care much for them. Wish we'd saved them and started a collection instead.

DebMartin on February 06, 2013:

Wow. Such good information for me to get started on organizing all my inheritances. Thanks so much. Maker's marks always confuse me. While reading this great lens, I linked to and joined Miller's and Kovel's

MaureenCee on February 06, 2013:

These are just magnificent and as usual a great lens so congratulations on the LOTD you deserve it.

hotsquid on February 06, 2013:

Wow, some beautiful porcelain collection. Great job on LOTD!

TommysTips on February 06, 2013:

Congratulations on LOTD - some beautiful pieces - I love the Pembroke!

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on February 06, 2013:

Lovely lens...well done on LOTD and purple star!

soaringsis on February 06, 2013:

Congratulations on your LOTD. Thanks for the info and sharing photos, very nice.

Just-a-Day-Dream on February 06, 2013:

i have to say....they do look like china plates and such o:

greytdogz on February 06, 2013:

You have and have listed some Beautiful porcelain. Great, informative lens. Thank you.

anonymous on February 06, 2013:

What a delight is was to browse through your porcelain collection with you and learning from someone who loves what they're doing is always special. I especially liked what you had to say about "value" and I sure hope folks catch that tip to not use those metal holders or put vintage porcelain in the dishwasher, it makes sense that they could cause damage especially to the older and more fragile pieces. Very well presented with love in your heart, congratulations on LotD!

hamshi5433 on February 06, 2013:

Oh those are really beautiful and super vintage looking Porcelain collectibles.

Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on February 06, 2013:

Very interesting and well done lens! Makes me want to revisit with my porcelain pieces and pick up some more.

makorip lm on February 06, 2013:

On my business trips to Japan I was always amazed at the variety and beauty of all the porcelain I saw. Good lens!

Dominique84 on February 06, 2013:

Wow! I never knew there were so may types of porcelain. I thought Chinese was the best, but that Japanese porcelain looks really pretty!

anonymous on February 06, 2013:

Porcelain is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing some good tips on identifying quality porcelain.

CampingmanNW on February 06, 2013:

Well done and very informative. Thank you for an inviting lens.

chi kung on February 06, 2013:

I love your lense, very well structured and yes full of useful info! Some of those pieces you presented are gorgeous!

Keith Winter from Spain on February 06, 2013:

This is really great lens with loads of good info. I used to have a few pieces of Royal Doulton which I picked up at various flea markets in the UK, but unfortunately when I moved to Spain the removal truck had an accident and was left by the roadside overnight. A lot of my things were stolen from the truck, among which were my porcelain pieces.

Peter Messerschmidt from Port Townsend, WA, USA on February 06, 2013:

Very informative and well done lens! I've been "into" Danish porcelain and art pottery since my late 20's; my mom was also a collector, mostly of bird figurines although she also had some other beautiful items. For a while I was also co-owner of a store where we sold various European porcelains like Royal Copenhagen, Meissen, Lladro, Rosenthal, B&G and others... it was a nice walk done memory lane to read this.

Oh, and congrats on getting LOTD!

lewisgirl on February 06, 2013:

Lots of great information! I learned a lot. Congrats on the LOTD!

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on February 06, 2013:

This lens was excellent and informative. There are still factories that make porcelain in Britain and Japan. Royal Doulton has a fine collection of figurines for example. The fine white china clay needed is still available but supply has been greatly diminished. Noritake were also still manufacturing in Japan. Britain, China and Japan were blessed with the best quality clays and therefore this is where most of the finer pieces were made. Dreseden in Germany and Royal Delft in Holland also made some fabulous pieces.

You got a well deserved like and blessing from me :)

poldepc lm on February 06, 2013:

nice lens...I love porcelain too; very much in "boxes", because don't have the space to put it in my home; congrats on LOTD

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on February 06, 2013:

What an excellent resource! I don't (didn't) know much about the ins and outs of collecting porcelain, but I know that I absolutely love to look at it. Your collection is beautiful! Congratulations on this well-deserved Lens of the Day!

Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on February 06, 2013:

Thanks so much for sharing your vintage porcelain collection. These pieces are beautiful! BTW, Congratulations on LOTD!

Fox Music on February 06, 2013:

Thank you for sharing this remarkable lens "My Vintage Porcelain Collection" and Congrads on Lens of the Day !!

am23g23 on February 06, 2013:

Nice lens, my parents have a real nice collection.

louc99com on February 06, 2013:

What a great collection and you've toke much time to collect all of beautiful porcelain pieces.

NewUsedCarsSacramento on February 06, 2013:

I must say that the complete collection is beautiful.

Delia on February 06, 2013:

Congratulations on LOTD! A lady after my own'd love my house...soooo many plates!

Nice lens!

~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

mrdata on February 06, 2013:

Congratulations for your great lens! Best wishes to you...

AlleyCatLane on February 06, 2013:

Congratulations on your LOTD! Well desrved. It's great to see a fellow Ruby Lane dealer on Squidoo. Good luck on Squidoo and Ruby Lane. Blessed.

writerkath on February 06, 2013:

Beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for this interesting and educational lens - as well as for treating us to some truly lovely examples. Congratulations on you LOTD honors! I loved this page! Blessed!

kimbesa from USA on February 06, 2013:

Awesome lens, and an awesome collection! This kind of porcelain deserves the appreciation you are giving it here! And congratulations on LOTD, too!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on February 06, 2013:

Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD. I sure enjoyed my visit and now will spend the day looking through our Porcelain. We have some very old pieces that I need to find out more about. Thanks for all this great info and for sharing your Vintage Porcelain Collection.

pcgamehardware on February 06, 2013:

What a really cool page about your Vintage Porcelain Collection.

Nice job on this lens. :)

Liked and Blessed.

anonymous on February 06, 2013:

Beautiful pieces and very informative lens. Nice job!

Elaine Chen on February 06, 2013:

I like the unique "Aynsley Pembroke Porcelain Egg"; thanks for sharing and congratulation on LotD :-)

Robin S from USA on February 06, 2013:

Congratulations, this terrific lens was selected as Lens of the Day today. You can read all about it at SqidooHQ.

Jogalog on February 06, 2013:

My mother has some beautiful porcelain pieces but I live in a small modern flat so can't have any at the moment. Congratulations on LOTD!

Jen withFlash on February 06, 2013:

Beautiful pieces!! Congrats on LOTD!

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on February 06, 2013:

I found this so interesting. I have a set of Dresden packed away that I inherited and never knew too much about--seems it is worth looking into! Thanks and blessed :>) Congratulations on LotD!

JoshK47 on February 06, 2013:

How beautiful! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on LotD! :)

wordpress-guru on February 06, 2013:

nice photos !

Tim Bader from Surrey, UK on February 06, 2013:

Great photos and info. Congratulations on Lend of the Day!

Short_n_Sweet on February 06, 2013:

I would love to own a porcelain collection. I especially love the porcelain beautiful!


WriterJanis2 on February 06, 2013:

Congrats on LOTD!

rattie lm on February 06, 2013:

Lovely collection. Loved the Nippon

anonymous on February 05, 2013:

Congratulations foe the LOTD!

john9229 on February 05, 2013:

I'm still kept my grandfather antique. He has a few porcelain.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 05, 2013:

Congrats on the LOTD. Just love this collection especially the Bavarian ones.

jlshernandez on February 05, 2013:

Such beautiful porcelain collection. The Nippon Porcelain are outstanding.

jlshernandez on February 05, 2013:

Such beautiful porcelain collection. The Nippon Porcelain are outstanding.

miaponzo on February 05, 2013:

I have a few different collections going :) Cameos... Native American Jewelry... Porcelain and Crystal.. and more :)

cleanyoucar on February 05, 2013:

Very nice collection...

jcortright on February 05, 2013:

Wow! That's quite a collection!

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on January 26, 2013:

Gorgeous China. I am a huge porcelain fan. It is all I buy. Bone is the best but porcelain is next and can withstand a lot. We use it in our restaurant as well. Great stuff! I love the vintage pieces and have started collecting a few years ago.

Susan R. Davis from Vancouver on January 08, 2013:

We started collecting Wade English porcelain several years ago, beginning with the small Red Rose and Whimsie tea animals. But Wade makes so, so much more, and they've got wonderful pieces that still look great from the 30s and 40s. They did some wonderful work in the early 1950s with great detail and painting. For a number of years they operated a factory in Ireland as well and they made some charming Irish character pieces with very distinctive coloring. They also did great work with marks. You can pinpoint manufacturing point, which subsidiary did the design, and down to a specific year or two with many marks. Thanks for covering the issue of porcelain marks. It's an important part of dating original pieces.

WeirdStuff on January 06, 2013:

Very nice pieces. Reminds me to old times very much