Dresden china is any china made in the town of Dresden, Germany. The most famous factory in Dresden is the Meissen factory. Figurines of eighteenth-century ladies and gentlemen, animal groups, or cherubs and other mythological subjects were popular. One special type of figurine made in Dresden was made with skirts of porcelain-dipped lace. The most famous Dresden figurines, the "crinoline groups," show court life scenes like people dancing and playing instruments. Do not make the mistake of thinking that all pieces marked Dresden are from the Meissen factory. The Meissen pieces usually have crossed swords marks, and are listed under Meissen. Some recent porcelain from Ireland, called Irish Dresden, is not included here.