How to Identify Dresden Porcelain Marks

By Meredith Jameson
Dresden, Germany, was an important center of the Romantic movement in the 19th century.

Characterized by ornate designs of fruit, shells, foliage, scrolls, and flowers, Dresden china arose during the Romantic period of the 19th century. A blue crown Dresden mark was registered by four ceramic decorators in 1883. Dresden was chosen because the city was a center of this artistic movement in Europe. However, other marks are considered to be authentic Dresden as well. There are a few tricks to identifying the blue Dresden crown and other associated marks.

Be aware that there was no single Dresden factory, which means that there is no definitive Dresden mark. With more than 40 shops producing Dresden china, the Dresden name and crown differ slightly from one maker to the next. Look at a wide variety of Dresden china items to become familiar with the different marks.

Look for a blue crown on an item. Some Dresden crowns have 5 points and 3 stars with an elaborate uppercase “D” and the word “Germany” underneath. Others have 3 points on the crown with an uppercase cursive “D” attached to the crown.

Look for a blue crown that is similar to an Irish claddagh crown, with 3 points and a centered cross above the crown.

Check for other authentic Dresden marks, such as the image of a cow with “Dresden” written in cursive beneath it and the words “Made in Germany” printed underneath.

Look for what appears to be an uppercase “N” with a 5-point star underneath and a cursive “Dresden” beneath the star.

Other authentic Dresden marks include a Bavarian coat of arms with “Dresden” written above it. Some Dresden items also have a small brown rose either above or below the Dresden mark.

About the Author

Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.