KPM Porcelain (Germany, 1763-)

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.

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Gothic Revival Carved Oak and KPM Porcelain Tripty...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Gothic Revival Collectibles and Curiosities
Porcelain, Oak
The triptych comprises a trio of porcelain plaques, depicting the patron saints of the German city of Cologne (Köln) by the renowned Berlin manufacturer KPM (Konigliche Porzellan-Manufa...
19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaque of the Battle of...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Classical Roman Paintings
Giltwood, Porcelain
This highly detailed KPM Porcelain plaque depicts a street scene from the Battle of Corinth, a battle that marked the beginning of Roman domination in history that was fought in 146 BC ...
Circular KPM Style Porcelain Plaque Depicting a Ma...
KPM Porcelain
Vintage 1910s German Porcelain
Porcelain, Giltwood
A circular KPM style porcelain plaque depicting a maiden as a young bacchante, set in a finely carved Florentine giltwood frame. Measures: Diameter of plaque 24 cm / 9 inches. G...
Berlin/KPM Porcelain Dinner Service, King Wilhelm ...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1890s German Neoclassical Dinner Plates
Porcelain
There are 26 pieces in this assembled Berlin dinner service for Germany's last King of Prussia Kaiser Wilhelm II (1888-1918) It was made by hand and all the grapes around the rim are h...
Late 19th Century KPM Hand-Painted Portrait Plaque...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Decorative Art
Porcelain
Late 19th century made porcelain plaque signed KPM on back, portrait of lady. Very fine detail and mint condition.     
Collection of KPM Royal Bavaria Porcelain, Late 20...
KPM Porcelain
Late 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
KPM or Konigliche Porzellan Manufacktur has been producing high quality porcelain for over 200 years since its foundation in 1763. We have put together a small selection of late 20th ce...
Royal KPM Porcelain Krater Vase
Royal KPM Porcelain Krater Vase
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Other Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
Given by King Frederick William IV of Prussia to his sister Alexandrine, the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, this exquisite krater vase by KPM Berlin has both a fascinating royal...
KPM Plaque of Boys Playing Dice after Murillo
KPM Plaque of Boys Playing Dice after Murillo
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Baroque Paintings
Porcelain
Finely painted after Bartolome Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1617-1682), a KPM plaque, boys playing dice, with scepter mark verso and impressed H There is also partially illegible writing ...
Presentation KPM Monumental Hand-Painted German Berlin Centrepiece Platter
Presentation KPM Monumental Hand-Painted German Be...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Baroque Centerpieces
Porcelain
A wonderful and very fine presentation KPM monumental hand-painted German Berlin porcelain oval centrepiece platter with five scenes adorned with cherubs female and male masks. Very ra...
Midcentury Set of Six KPM Turtle Dishes in White P...
KPM Porcelain
Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Set of six KPM porcelain dishes in white porcelain. Designed 1938 by Dormann. Can be used as salt dishes or for nuts or whatever. Very nice table decoration.
Large Blanc de Chine Berlin Porcelain Vase
Large Blanc de Chine Berlin Porcelain Vase
KPM Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
This tall, slender, blanc de chine porcelain vase was made by KPM in Berlin, circa 1910. Incorporating elements of the Art Nouveau and Rococo styles, it evokes the refinement of German ...
Porcelain Lamp by KPM, Germany, 1950s
Porcelain Lamp by KPM, Germany, 1950s
KPM Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Porcelain
Porcelain lamp by KPM of Berlin, Germany, 1950s. White porcelain body with brass stem and finial fitting, and black base. This is a tall, elegant piece which would work as a floor or...
Louis XVI Style Ormolu-Mounted KPM Porcelain Caske...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Louis XVI Boxes
Ormolu, Porcelain
Of rectangular form, the cobalt-blue ground porcelain plaques mounted with rich ormolu corner mounts with scrolls, floral bouquets and a grotesque mask escutcheon, the hinged cover topp...
Antique Royal Berlin KPM Figural Porcelain Candlestick with Weichmalerei Decor
Antique Royal Berlin KPM Figural Porcelain Candles...
KPM Porcelain, Paul Schley
Antique Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Candle Holders
Porcelain
An extremely rare, figural KPM porcelain candlestick or candelabrum base with Weichmalerei decoration. A tour de force in technical and decorative achievements. Designed by Paul ...
Large Porcelain Vase by KPM, Germany, 1950s
By KPM Porcelain, Johann Henke
Large Porcelain Vase by KPM, Germany, 1950s
KPM Porcelain, Johann Henke
Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
Large porcelain "Asia" vase by Johann Henke for KPM of Berlin, Germany, 1950s. Simple elegant design in very good original condition. KPM mark to base.  
KPM Porcelain Plaque of a Young Woman, German, cir...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A very fine KPM porcelain plaque of a young woman in a giltwood frame. This Fine KPM plaque is superbly painted with a portrait bust of a young woman holding a music scroll and a la...
Lovely Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze-Mounted Germa...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Desks and Writing Tables
Bronze, Porcelain, Wood
A lovely late 19th century gilt bronze-mounted German K.P.M. porcelain desk Decorated all-over with porcelain plaques painted with scenes of courting couples, the upper section with ...
Five 1960s German Relief Vases AK Kaiser, Thomas Germany and Royal Porzellan
Five 1960s German Relief Vases AK Kaiser, Thomas G...
KPM Porcelain, AK Kaiser, Thomas Germany
Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
Beautiful collection of five large white matte porcelain, or exquisite powdery bisque vases with glossy glazed interior. The shapes and mixture of glazed and unglazed surfaces was very ...
Antique Neoclassical, Empire Period, Berlin-KPM Go...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Early 19th Century German Neoclassical Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
An exceptionally rare and quite exquisite antique Neoclassical Berlin (KPM) manufactory gold ground Campana shaped two handled vase. The continuous pattern finely hand-painted with vibr...
18th Century KPM Porcelain Tea Service
18th Century KPM Porcelain Tea Service
KPM Porcelain
Antique 18th Century German Neoclassical Porcelain
Porcelain
A beautiful 18th century porcelain tête-à-tête tea service by the renowned KPM, the Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Berlin, Germany. Crafted of the finest German porcelain, this delic...
Large KPM Porcelain Plaque of the Three Fates
Large KPM Porcelain Plaque of the Three Fates
KPM Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Classical Greek Paintings
Porcelain, Wood
Painted by Louis Scherf (1870-1955), after a painting by F.P. Thumann. The three Fates, Atropos, Clotho and Lachesis are finely polychrome painted. Atropos, the oldest of the three w...
Faux Micromosaic and Pietre Dure Porcelain Cup and...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Other Porcelain
Porcelain
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 Ro...
Tall KPM Porcelain Vase
By KPM Porcelain
Tall KPM Porcelain Vase
KPM Porcelain
Vintage 1970s German Vases and Vessels
Ceramic
A KPM designed tall porcelain vase with blue glaze.
KPM White & Gold Round Tureen with Hand Painted Fl...
KPM Porcelain
Vintage 1920s German Porcelain
Porcelain
Sometimes it's nice to have a classic round soup tureen and this one made by KPM is a perfect example. The molded round body is embellished with detailed hand-painted polychrome floral ...
Large 19th Century KPM Plaque
Large 19th Century KPM Plaque
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century Austrian Porcelain
Porcelain
A large and impressive KPM Porcelain plaque, entitled 'Children under a tree' Mounted in a carved frame.
19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaque Hagar & Ishmael ...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century Paintings
Porcelain
A 19th century Berlin KPM porcelain plaque depicting a hand-painted scene of Hagar & Ishmael as they are leave from the house of Abraham, "Banishment of Ishmael & Hagar" after the origi...
Royal KPM Porcelain Topographical Vase
Royal KPM Porcelain Topographical Vase
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Other Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
Standing two feet tall, this extraordinary KPM Porcelain vase is spectacular in both artistry and importance. The piece was given by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia as a gift to h...
Fine Hand-Painted KPM Porcelain Plaque by Franz Till, Germany, circa 1880
Fine Hand-Painted KPM Porcelain Plaque by Franz Ti...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Paintings
Porcelain
A finely executed hand-painted portrait of a stately gentleman dressed in a black tunic, signed bottom right in script 'Fr. Till, Dresden'. The reverse bearing impressed factory marks K...
Papal Tazza by KPM
By KPM Porcelain
Papal Tazza by KPM
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Other Collectibles and Curiosities
Porcelain
Created for Pope Pius VII by the special order of King Friedrich Wilhelm III as a symbol of peace and friendship, this incredible, monumentally sized porcelain tazza was crafted by KPM ...
12 Dinner Plates, Antique Berlin, All White Blanc ...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Dinner Plates
Porcelain
An elegant set of last quarter of the 19th century crisp all white dinner plates. Their Classic design which they still produce today, and is the base for all their wonderful hand-paint...
KPM Porcelain Painting After Murillo
KPM Porcelain Painting After Murillo
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Other Paintings
Porcelain
Painted after a work by 17th century Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), this enchanting KPM painting on porcelain is a beautiful rendering of the artist's original wo...
Pair of White Porcelain Table Lamps by KPM, Berlin...
KPM Porcelain
Vintage 1930s German Neoclassical Table Lamps
Brass, Porcelain
A pair of white porcelain table lamps, designed by Alice von Pechmann for KPM Berlin. The lamp has two fittings and a brass pinecone decoration on top. The measurements, price and ship...
19th Century Potpourri Vase KPM Berlin
19th Century Potpourri Vase KPM Berlin
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Empire Porcelain
Porcelain
Extremely rare and KPM Berlin Potpourri vase. Extremely richly painted and rarely executed (highest version). Measures: Height ca. 35 cm. On both sides rich floral bouquets...
Late 19th Century Porcelain KPM
Late 19th Century Porcelain KPM
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Paintings
Porcelain
Late 19th century porcelain KPM.
Porcelain Vase with Crackle Glaze by KPM
Porcelain Vase with Crackle Glaze by KPM
KPM Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Chinoiserie Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
Porcelain vase with crackle glaze by KPM. Beautiful, Classic form. We offer free delivery on most of our items within the long Island or greater NYC, Northern New Jersey, and New Eng...
Large 19th Century Berlin Rectangular KPM Porcelai...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Napoleon III Paintings
Porcelain
A large 19th century Berlin Rectangular K.P.M porcelain painted framed plaque Germany, circa 1880 Very well painted depicting a women draped in linens with two angels above her ...
19th Century Porcelain Figure, KPM Berlin
19th Century Porcelain Figure, KPM Berlin
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Aesthetic Movement Sculptures
Porcelain
Woman with a parrot, KPM Berlin, 19th century. The figure will directly be shipped from Germany. Please ask for a shipping quote.
KPM Berlin Handled Double Serving Dish
KPM Berlin Handled Double Serving Dish
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Platters and Serveware
Porcelain
KPM Berlin handled double serving dish 1849-1870 Beautiful KPM scalloped divided serving dish. Gold gilt and floral motif to double shells. KPM scepter and KPM orb "KOENIGL. PORZELLAN...
Large KPM Porcelain Plaque of 'Romeo and Juliet' 19th Century
Large KPM Porcelain Plaque of 'Romeo and Juliet' 1...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century Austrian Porcelain
Porcelain
A very good quality large 19th century KPM Porcelain plaque, depicting 'Romeo and Juliet' mounted in a carved giltwood frame.
Porcelain Cup, KPM, 1950s
Porcelain Cup, KPM, 1950s
KPM Porcelain
Vintage 1950s German Porcelain
Bronze, Porcelain
A serpentine-lipped porcelain cup, standing on a 4-feet bronze base. German work from Berlin Royal Porcelain manufacture (KPM) dated from the 1950s. Manufacturer's mark on the bottom.
Pair of White Porcelain Reticulated Willow Basket ...
KPM Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
Two white porcelain reticulated baskets in willow design by KPM Berlin, according to the bottom marks the smaller one after 1945, the larger one after 1962. Diameter 7.6''/ 19.2 cm, h...
KPM Porcelain Plaque of Hagar and Ishmael Banished...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Paintings
Porcelain
Depicted on this Berlin porcelain plaque, a young boy looks longingly over his shoulder as he is being led away from the young child and older figures who stand on the steps, seemingly ...
19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaque
19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaque
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1860s European Porcelain
Porcelain
A good quality 19th century KPM porcelain plaque, depicting a mother and her children on a winters days. Mounted in a 19th century carved giltwood florentine frame.
KPM Berlin Picture Plate the Three Fates by Paul T...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Romantic Porcelain
Porcelain, Wood
KPM Berlin Gorgeous porcelain picture painting: The picture plate shows The Three Fates: This painting has once been created by Paul Thumann (1834-1908). Subject: The Three Fates ...
Berlin KPM Hand-Painted Porcelain Plaque Depicting...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1890s German Paintings
Porcelain
A Berlin KPM Hand Painted Porcelain Plaque Depicting "Ruth", within a gilt-wood frame Marked with K.P.M & Sceptre mark & numbered 237158h Titled on back Ruth after Th.Landelle ...
Important Early 19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaque ...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Early 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
The subject: The tondo shows an allegory of peace. In the top center Apollo floating over clouds, the sun behind his head. In his right hand holding as a sign of the (military) victo...
Signed KPM Hand-Painted Plaque Mounted as Tilt-Top...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Aesthetic Movement Dessert Tables and Tilt-top ...
Brass, Paste, Porcelain
An unusual hand painted porcelain plaque by KPM is mounted into a brass frame, as a tilt top table with 3 splayed claw feet.The beautiful painted subject is two birds surrounded by flor...
KPM Berlin Plaque
By KPM Porcelain
KPM Berlin Plaque
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A KPM Berlin Plaque with a Reclining Lady Reading Amongst a Rocky Wooden Landscape. Founded in Berlin in 1750 ‘KPM’ or Koenigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur acquired its name and Royal ...
KPM porcelain plaque "The Love Letter"
KPM porcelain plaque "The Love Letter"
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Paintings
Porcelain, Wood
Very fine 19th century German KPM hand painted porcelain plaque depicting two young ladies reading a love letter, within a giltwood frame. Impressed monogram and sceptre mark Plaque...
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