German Antiques

The antiques of Germany have been admired and cherished for generations.

Read on and learn about antiques unique to Germany.

The music box industry of the late 19th century was largely based out of central Europe. Germany became an important center for music box production. Popular German music box manufacturers included Polyphon and Symphonion. The founder of Symphonion developed a new music box method using a flat metal disc. This became the disc music box that proved to be popular in Europe and the United States in the early 1900s. The German music box below is a unique example of the type of music box popular in the late 1800s.

German Symphonion Disc Music Box, circa 1890

German Symphonion Disc Music Box, circa 1890

German clocks are collected worldwide. Germany has become an important producer of clocks since the Renaissance. In the late 1800s, the growing middle class in Germany had more access to wall and floor clocks, making the clockmaking industry in Germany grow even greater. Below are two examples of antique German clocks from the 1800s.

German Junghans Mahogany Mantel Clock

German Junghans Mahogany Mantel Clock

Renaissance Revival German Wall Clock

German art is held in high esteem worldwide. German art from the 19th century included Biedermeier scenes of domesticity, landscape painting, and scene painting. In the early 20th century before World War II, German art included abstract painting and unique types of sculpture. The painting below by Carl Freidrich Heinrich Werner depicts a Renaissance-style scene.

Watercolor House of Zisa Palermo by Carl Freidrich Heinrich Werner

The German porcelain manufacturer Meissen was founded in 1710 and has grown to become one of the world’s most famous makers of porcelain. Meissen’s tableware, figurines, and decorative objects are world-renowned for their beauty and craftsmanship. The tea set below is a beautiful example of Meissen porcelain’s high quality and fine detail.

German Porcelain Tea Service by Meissen, circa 1934-1945

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