Dresden ballerina figurine

dresden-lacy-ballerinaMichelle Knows Antiques is a great way to find the value of your antiques. Submit your antique for appraisal on our easy to use form. Here is a recent appraisal from Michelle’s column in Discover Vintage America:

Q: An elderly friend has a ballerina figurine in the Dresden lace style. It is in excellent condition, no missing pieces of lace that I can see and no chips. The mark is very confusing to me as it looks to be that of Meissen. She asked me to find a value for it. Can you point me in the right direction?

A: In the photo of the mark you provided, I can see the crossed lines, with an M at the bottom of the left line and a B on the right. Underneath the crossed lines are the words “Germany” and under that “Dresden”.

This tells us that your friend’s figurine was in fact manufactured by Martha Budich. Budich started her company, a porcelain decorating studio, “Porzellanstudio Martha Budich” in 1951 and operated through 1977. Her earlier marks closely resembled the mark of Meissen/ KPM which uses a blue crossed swords logo. In 1963 Budich was forced to change her back-stamp to make it look less like that of the better known pottery.

Budich purchased blanks from various potteries and studios and decorated them to mimic many popular styles such as the Dresden lace, the Capo-di-Monte style and other popular design styles of the time.

With the crossed swords or lines such as this one has to look closely to decipher the back stamp, mark or logo as it is often easy to be tricked in to thinking one has a piece from a higher end manufacturer. Many times you will see a series of numbers or other very slight variations in the mark which are good indicators that the piece is not KPM or Meissen.

This darling ballerina figurine has a value of $40-$45.

 note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about half or less of resale value.

Written by Michelle Staley

Michelle Staley has over 35 years of experience as an antique collector, picker and dealer. She has done hundreds of insurance and IRS appraisals in addition to just satisfying another collector or dealer’s curiosity concerning what an item is, does or its worth. Other experience includes her work as a forensics consultant and in archeological identification and dating.

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  1. I have several Dresden figurines that were purchased for me from my mother in law, every time she went to Germany she would bring one home.
    I keep them in a Curio. They are at least 50 years old. I am looking to sell them. Only because my children are not into it, and have very modern taste.i
    Have 3 that are quit large .

  2. Marylou Shalhoub

    Hi, I have large and medium figurines with a stamp of two arrows and numbers below. They look a lot like Dresden figurines. Is this a symbol used for Dresden? Thank you

  3. Hi there…I found your website and keeping my fingers crossed you can help me. I have been trying to figure out anything I can on my grandmother’s Dresden figurine, but I cannot find the exact one anywhere. It is a woman at a piano holding hands with a man holding a violin. There is a number imprinted on her chair of 119. Very intricate lace. It is on a wood stand and a plexiglass box over it. The mark on the bottom is a blue crown (just a line with little lines coming up from it making it look like a crown) and “DRESDEN” written to the right. I do have pictures. Thank you so much and sincerely appreciate any information you have on this beautiful figurine.

    • Michelle Staley

      Thank you for visiting my appraisal page.

      Please go to the Submit Appraisal page to get the information to me. I would need to see photos of the figures and a photo of the mark.

      Thank you, Michelle

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