Western porcelain enthusiasts once sought out the then ultimate mark of porcelain supremacy: “Made in China”.

Chinese export porcelain has nothing to envy of its Imperial counterpart as they are both created with the same technical expertise albeit designed to appeal to Westerners taste.

German porcelain figurines and chinese ivory figurines seem to have the same roots, the amazing creations of Chinese artisans.

German porcelain figurines that can be found at www.ivoryandart.com alongside chinese ivory carving and chinese ivory figurines.

 

Chinese ivory carving was prominent along with Chinese jade which was attributed with magical powers. These carvings were part of China’s decorative arts and long held the fascination of the Europeans.These carvings were also created in other materials such as bronze, gold and silver, rhinoceros horn, Chinese silk, lacquer and enamel.

 

The Chinese have long valued ivory for both aesthetic reasons as can be seen in Chinese Ivory figurines as well as for practical purposes. Many Chinese ivory carvings have both an aesthetic and functional purpose. Early reference to the Chinese export of ivory is recorded by explorer Zhang Qian. Chinese craftsmen carved ivory to make everything from images of deities to the pipe stems and end pieces of opium pipes.

 

These Chinese ivory figurines as well as Chinese porcelain and pottery seem to be the inspiration for the creation of german porcelain. German porcelain was first crated in 1710 and soon reached the quality and beauty of its Asian counterpart. The first and dominant porcelain was Meissen porcelain; the factory in Meissen attracted artists and artisans to establish one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers which dominated the style of European porcelain until 1756.

 

German porcelain figurines were not only created by Meissen; other factories were soon established.

 

These include:

Hoechst Porcelain (1746-1796)
This factory produced figurines that included religious subjects, pastoral scenes, children, and mythological characters,

Nymphenburg Porcelain
German porcelain figurines from this factory include Italian comedic characters, ladies in crinoline, famous personalities, peasants, Asian peoples and children.

Frankenthal Porcelain (1755-1799)

Ludwigsburg Porcelain (1750-1824)
Meissen porcelain figurines however, have remained the best and most sought after German porcelain. At www.ivoryandart.com amongst german porcelain you can also find  Lladró porcelain a high quality manufacturer of porcelain figurines.