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KPM Porcelain

The Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin, or KPM (Royal Porcelain Factory, Berlin, in English) was one of the most influential porcelain factories to emerge in 18th-century Germany, along with Nymphenburg and Meissen. KPM was the third incarnation of a company originally founded in 1751 by Wilhelm Caspar Wegely to take advantage of the burgeoning market for “white gold.” On the verge of bankruptcy, Wegely sold his inventory and tools to Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky, who in 1761 established another porcelain factory, which also failed, and was subsequently taken over by Frederick II of Prussia in 1763. Like Augustus II, Elector of Saxony, the patron of Meissen and a keen collector who described himself as suffering (quite happily) from “porcelain sickness,” Frederick II was proud to refer to himself as KPM’s “best customer.” KPM produces china and figurines to this day, and throughout its long history, it has been a style-setter for elegant tableware, particularly in the 1930’s, the period during which their popular patterns Urbino, Urania and Arkadia were designed.

Thanks to its royal patronage, KPM had the resources and contacts necessary to establish itself as a leading luxury producer, and supplied Russian and European elites with tableware in the Rococo and Neoclassical styles, as well as monumental vases, and decorative plaques. Many of these objects can be found today in major museums as a result of Frederick II’s penchant for sending KPM porcelain as diplomatic gifts throughout Europe. Unlike Meissen, which was known for crafting porcelain sculptures of dazzling complexity, KPM is revered for the precision and splendor of its surface decoration, and for its porcelain plaques depicting scenes from history and mythology. One especially lovely example circa 1790 is a neocalssical-style tea service decorated with gold accents and a grisaille design of figures from the ancient world. By contrast, this boldly colorful narrative cup and saucer set from the 1840’s depicts scenes from real life as colorfully as a painting. The set was commissioned by a gentleman for his wife as a tongue-in-cheek gift commemorating her misadventures while in town for a visit to the opera, which resulted in her opera glasses being stolen. The saucer shows the thief and the glasses, and the cup reveals the scene of the crime in vivid hues.

KPM was forced to move from its original location in 1867 due to the building of the new Prussian Parliament building, and this afforded the company the opportunity to to create a new factory with the newest equipment and materials of the day. With the growing popularity of Art Nouveau and the western fascination with Asian ceramics, KPM began formulating glazes that evoked the color palette and rich surfaces of Chinese porcelain. By the turn of the century, KPM was exhibiting its wares to a global audience at international expositions. At the end of World War I with the collapse of the Prussian monarchy, KPM was renamed the State Porcelain Manufactory Berlin, continuing to use the name KPM and its use of the cobalt blue sceptre mark that is painted on the bottom of every piece.

By the late 1920’s, the designers and craftsmen of KPM were inspired by the tenets of Modernism, particularly the styles of the Bauhaus and the Deutscher Werkbund. During this period, the firm’s aim was to produce useful household porcelain for a range of consumers, rather than catering to a small elite. Among the most successful patterns of this era was designer Trude Petri’s Urbino line, which is still produced today. Following World War II, KPM was temporarily housed in the town of Selb, and only returned to its rebuilt quarters in Berlin in 1957. In the 1980s, KPM became an private company independent of the state, and began to focus production on the preservation of historic forms, designs, and techniques. KPM continues to collaborate with designers from all over the world, most recently on the Berlin dinnerware service with designer Enzo Mari, and a collaboration with the luxury brands Bottega Veneta and Bugatti.

Fine KPM Porcelain Plaque, Prince Albert, circa 1865
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
An exceptionally fine KPM Berlin porcelain plaque, to The Prince Consort, Prince Albert, circa 1865. Painted by Carl Meinelt (1825-1900), after the original by Edward Henry Corbould,...
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1860s German Victorian Antique KPM Porcelain

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Porcelain

KPM Berlin Art Nouveau Crystalline Glaze Vase Pink
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, DK
KPM Berlin Art Nouveau crystalline glaze vase pink. Measures: 15.5 cm.
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique KPM Porcelain

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Porcelain

KPM Shell and Flower Motif Cabinet or Patch Box
By KPM Porcelain
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
KPM shell and flower motif cabinet or patch box, The top realistically modelled as a clam shell, the interior revealing painted florals, and the blue underglaze sceptre mark, joined ...
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Late 19th Century German Antique KPM Porcelain

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Porcelain

KPM Porcelain Set Of Two Large Bowl Plates
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a KPM Porcelain set of two large bowl plates. They are decorated with a large bouquet of flowers in the center and four small bouquets of flowers around the border. A delicat...
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Mid-20th Century German Rococo KPM Porcelain

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Porcelain

KPM Berlin Porcelain Plaque 'Nymphs and Cupids' Germany, circa 1870
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Exquisite porcelain painting of playing nymphs and cupids Manufactory: KPM Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin, Germany Dating: circa 1870 Material: porcelain, painted, glossy finish...
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1870s German Romantic Antique KPM Porcelain

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Porcelain

White Porcelain "Asia" Floor Vase 'Large Size' by Johannes Henke for KPM Germany
By KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
White porcelain floor vase - model "Asia" - in classical style by Johannes Henke for KPM of Berlin, Germany. Large size, Second half 20th century, (circa 1970s). A vintage piece o...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage KPM Porcelain

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Porcelain

Pair of 19th Century Porcelain Vases & Covers By KPM Berlin
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Dublin, IE
A stunning pair of showpiece KPM porcelain vases and covers, each with domed cover above a white glazed body of ovoid form, with applied twin carry handles and painted scenes of cour...
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Late 19th Century German Victorian Antique KPM Porcelain

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Porcelain

Faux Micromosaic and Pietre Dure Porcelain Cup and Saucer by KPM
By KPM Porcelain
Located in New Orleans, LA
Painstaking precision was necessary for the execution of the incredible hand painting seen on this elegant KPM Porcelain cup and saucer. The technique was created to resemble ancient...
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19th Century German Other Antique KPM Porcelain

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Porcelain

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KPM Porcelain Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

The KPM Porcelain Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of KPM porcelain furniture, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 93 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by KPM Porcelain were created in Europe during the 18th century and earlier in the Rococo style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Peter Keil Furniture, Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (KPM) Furniture and Johann Joachim Kändler. The prices for KPM porcelain furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On Amazon, the price for these items starts at $200 and tops out at $125,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,500 on average.