Saturday, March 26, 2011


  My computer and I have been fighting. If I could afford a new one, I might just pitch this one in the Mississippi River. I am sure it is more me than the machine. I hope this post gets to you all ,as I am not sure the way it has been going as of late. Some one emailed me after the last post and said that the post did not show up on her dashboard,headboard,surfboard,some kinda board. Well, I have to get back to you on that one, as the only dashboard I thought I had, was on my car. I guess if I knew more about what I was doing it would help. You see I work this machine kinda like I type, hunt and peck!  If one button don't work, push 2 or 3 more. Putting all that aside, what about this weather??? We had snow yesterday and they say we are about to get it again. I say, Mother Nature needs to go on with her life,before Father Nature comes by and Bitch slaps her. I saw this little verse that I thought was really cute. Spring has sprung,snow has fell,Mother Nature is mad as Hell. Soon it'll be rain,then a flood,we will be cleaning up mud. Mother Nature please start acting right -cuz someday id like to take a nice long hike! Very true for me as I live on the river.

  After all that, finally the post about my Dresden Lace. In the town of Dresden Germany there was at one time more than 200 factories that made and decorated porcelain. The items produced from these factories soon became known as,"Dresden," So the term refers to more of the style, from that one town, instead of any one  manufacture.And we all call these items,"Dresden" .Dresden is sometimes confused with Meissen. Meissen is another town in Germany were fine porcelain was produced. Where the Dresden pieces can have any numner of makers marks, the Meissen always has one, the blue crossed swords.

  Dresden made many types of items,  but were most known for the figure groupings.They were made in large quantities and are still produced today.The famous,"Dresden Lace", was a method developed by Dresden decorators in which real lace was dipped in liquid porcelain and applied to the figure by hand. The results were stunningly delicate and appears to almost look like real fabric. The real lace would burn away when the porcelain was fired. This process made the items not only beautiful, but very fragile and it can be damaged almost by just looking at it. The most famous Dresden figurines are the,"crinoline' groups which portray various aspects of court life,such as dancing or playing musical instruments. Various sizes from the very small to the very large  have been produced. People have been collecting these for years. I once bought a ladies collection of 200 and  moving them became my biggest nightmare. I sold most of them in my antique shop, but have keep a few and I want to share them with you today. The detail  and work in them is amazing. All hand applied. Some of there faces are just wonderful.

  Stop by anytime for a tour at My Old Historic House. I will leave the lights on and Sissy Dog will meet you with a jump and a kiss. Have a great day and I hope no snow comes your way!


LydiaO said...

I always wondered how they made porcelain lace. Now I know!
No snow here today, it's supposed to be 84 degrees, clear and sunny. But don't envy me. I'd swap my 1964 ranch style house in Texas for yours any day. Snow and all LOL!
Have a great day Richard!

Divine Theatre said...

Hello Dearest Man!
I laughed so hard at the dashboard comment and even harder at the b*tch-slap comment!
I don't think I have ever had an art history lesson that was so exciting!
No b*tch-slapping around the Dresden please!

Kiss the little angel.


Anyes K. Busby - Studio Vignette Fine Art said...

Hi Richard,
I hear you about the weather, it's been insane up hear as well. I've more than enough of the white stuff all ready!
About your figurines, anything so delicate makes me so nervous and clumsy that they would not have a long life in my home, but I do enjoy looking at them and appreciate the fine workmanship.
Thank you, it was delightful.

Marcia said...

Great post, Richard; you are a wealth of information. I'm so glad you are willing to share your knowledge with us. I love your blog posts!

Brigitte said...

It's always wonderful to see these extremely fragile figures.
We moved so many times during my husbands military career that we only have 2 left,bought in Germany with minor damage.The others broke unfortunately.
Thanks for sharing your treasures :-)) truly a pleasure,

lvroftiques said...

Richard you can really make a girl envious! *winks* Seriously you have the best collections in all of blogaritaville! Your dresden figures are KILLER!
I hear ya about the computer stuff. Thank God for my hubbs because he usually figures out what I can't (which is often) I have come very close a time..or throwing my puter across the room. And the lingo? Don't even get me started. But you've been showing up on my dashboard with no problems. I've noticed that sometimes it just glitches for no obvious reason, then straightens itself out in a couple of days. I nearly lost my mind going to the .com from blogspot!
OK... well I'm thinking it's worth it to fly all the way to your place to see all your lovlies *winks* But even more so for that kiss and jump from Ms Sissy girl! Vanna

Mother nature sure seems to be off kilter lately. Last year we had almost no summer and it's looking like more of the same this year *sighs*

Curtains in My Tree said...

Hello Richard
Thanks for introducing yourself to me and my blog.
Love the Dresden Lace Ladies.I have seen those at different real nice antiques shops not like the flea market shops now with all the shabby chic things.
I adore the lady with the lavendar dress on that lace is just so lovely

My little pug has the sweet name Ms Sissy.
I am going to get on mapquest and see where you are in Missouri.
I just got back from Lexington Mo went to see my little sister


cotedetexas said...

what a gorgeous collection. i'll bet it's impossible not to touch their "lace" skirts! they are so delicate and pretty.

i saw that you are going to be published. congratualtions!!!! i'm so excited for you1!!!

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Richard, You and Sissy Dog have a beautiful collection of porcelan! Thank You for sharing it with us. Have your self a great day.....Julian

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE Dresden lace!!! Your collection is magnificent. I always found how they made it SO INTRIGUING and would LOVE to try it one day(you just reminded me to ADD that to my bucket list!)... It's still REALLY COLD here in Connecticut too AND I sure do wish Father Nature would have a "TALK" with the Mrs!!!
Have a wonderful week, and we'll all wish for some WARM SUN! and good luck with the computer too...

Bohemian said...

Your Dresden is magnificent, Dresden was always one of my Mom's favs. The only pieces I have are gifts from a dear Friend that I worked with for many years... she had no children and decided to Bless me with some of the lovely pieces that have been handed down in her Family so that they would go to a Home they would be appreciated in rather than end up in some Estate Sale someday. I was so honored, but they are so very fragile that I keep them in one of my back Cottages rather than in the Main House near G-Kids and Kitties! *winks* I'd be mortified if something happened to them.

Hope your Weather takes a pleasant turn... ours is due to hit the high 90's this week so we've moved straight from Winter into Summer it seems and skipped Spring altogether??! *LOL* Not complaining though since I don't have to shovel sunshine.

Dawn... The Bohemian

xinex said...

Sorry about your computer, Richard. I LOVE your Dresden collection. They are all so exquisite. I love the lace skirts....Christine

Holt House said...

What a wonderful collection, I learned something new! Snow has never left here in MN and more is supposed to come!

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

These are absolutely exquisite pieces ... such a beautiful collection! The attention to detail is incredible and oh so delicate.
best wishes

Fábio Carvalho said...

What a great post!
Here in Brazil 2 factories produced porcelain laced figurines. The first on was Porcelana Renner, who bhrought 5 craftsmen around 1950 from Germany to make here the laced figurines. Them, in 1956, one of the craftsmen, called Albrecth Steiner, opened his own factory, called Porcelana Rebis. This factory is still today producing the figurines.
But they are not as beautifully made as yours!! They are lots simplier, quite naife sometimes.
You can see some of them on my site:

all the best

Anonymous said...

So pretty but soooo delicate! I loved seeing the whole court of your figurines at play.

How on earth do you move such fragile objects? They can crumble at a touch.


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I guess my original comment didn't post.

I recently inherited a "Dresden" figurine that was purchased in Germany during the 50's
It's a little girl with a puppy, but is still in the box, so I cannot see any markings.

Sherry said...

Hi, Richard...I love your figurines! I was fortunate to learn to make “Dresden” figurines and enjoyed sharing this beautiful art with those attending the MN Renaissance Fair for over 10 years where I demonstrated and sold my creations. Saying that the lace is “dipped” in the liquid porcelain, is quite an understatement. The process requires a much more diligent process to produce these delicate creations. I loved teaching and sharing the process with so many people. I would love to see your collection and share photos of mine. I may have to look you up on our way south to escape our MN winters!