However, the most important side-effect and a challenge of all this Meissen mania, at least for most collectors, has been the proper valuation or appraisal of the numerous antique copies, which are often as magnificent as the authentic ones.
This was the very first porcelain manufacturer in Europe and was appropriately named “Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen” only a few miles away from Dresden.
Porcelain marks are usually identified by naming the original manufacturer or maker and dating them to a certain period.
In this fashion, if a pair of Urns are marked with a Sevres mark that dates ca 1800 – 1820s, we call them “A Pair of Sevres Porcelain Urns, ca 1800–1820s” and that’s it!
White porcelain as we know it today, was first invented by the Chinese, some say as early as 100 BC.
Since then and for a very long time, Europeans tried to recreate this superb white substance that is malleable enough to allow forming elaborate objects but becomes hard, and still very white, after firing in a Kiln.