KPM Porcelain Furniture

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.

KPM, Berlin Porcelain Vase with Rich Weichmalerei and Gold Painting Cobalt Blue
KPM, Berlin Porcelain Vase with Rich Weichmaler...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Big and rare KPM Berlin porcelain snake handle vase with rich Weichmalerei and gold Painting in Cobalt Blue. '' Very fine painted, KPM Berlin circa 1900 '' KPM Berlin 1 Wahl, F...
KPM Berlin Porcelain Vase with Portrait of Young Ladies and Rich Gold Painting
KPM Berlin Porcelain Vase with Portrait of Youn...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Very finely painted KPM Berlin porcelain pompous vase with portrait of young ladies in turquoise blue background and rich relief gold. ''KPM Berlin, Vienna, circa 1900 - Signe...
Big KPM Berlin Porcelain Art Nouveau, Bottom Vase with Weichmalerei Painting
Big KPM Berlin Porcelain Art Nouveau, Bottom Va...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Big KPM Berlin porcelain Art Nouveau - bottom vase with Weichmalerei Painting in underglaze and bumblebees. The KPM Berlin porcelain vase was made in the end of the 19th century...
Old Small KPM Berlin Porcelain Vase with Weichmalerei Painting and Putto
Old Small KPM Berlin Porcelain Vase with Weichm...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Beautiful small KPM Berlin Porcelain vase with Weichmalerei painting and putto. The KPM Berlin Porcelain vase was made at the end of the 19 century. The condition of the va...
Old KPM Berlin Porcelain Plate with Rich Gold and Enamel Painting
Old KPM Berlin Porcelain Plate with Rich Gold a...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
Rare KPM Berlin Porcelain plate with rich gold and enamel painting. The KPM Berlin Porcelain plate was made at the end of the 19th century and its in a good condition. ...
Big KPM Berlin Porcelain Weichmalerei Plate with Fig Branch and Fruits
Big KPM Berlin Porcelain Weichmalerei Plate wit...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1890s German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
Big KPM Berlin porcelain Weichmalerei plate with fig branch and fruits. The plate is from the end of the 19 century circa 1890 and signed with H. Blankenburg . its KPM Berlin 2 Wa...
Big KPM Berlin Art Nouveau Porcelain Plate with Pate sur Pate Painting
Big KPM Berlin Art Nouveau Porcelain Plate with...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century European Porcelain
Porcelain
Big KPM Berlin Art Nouveau plate with gold and pate sur pate painting. KPM Berlin at the end of the 19 century. The plate is monogrammed with H.M. - Friedrich Heinrich Herman...
'Psyche', a Porcelain Plaque after the Painting by Wilhelm Kray, circa 1900
'Psyche', a Porcelain Plaque after the Painting...
KPM Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Belle Époque Decorative Art
Porcelain
'Psyche', a very fine German porcelain plaque, after the painting by Wilhelm Kray. Set within a giltwood frame. German, circa 1900. Impressed verso with three digit number an...
Large Blanc de Chine Berlin Porcelain Vase
Large Blanc de Chine Berlin Porcelain Vase
KPM Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Vases
Porcelain
This tall, slender, blanc de chine porcelain vase was made around 1910 in Berlin by KPM, and was probably designed by Alexander Kips. Blending elements of the Art Nouveau and Rococo ...
KPM Cabinet Plate, after Guido Reni "Reclining Venus with Cupid"
KPM Cabinet Plate, after Guido Reni "Reclining ...
KPM Porcelain, Guido Reni
Early 20th Century German Belle Époque Porcelain
Porcelain
KPM cabinet plate, after Guido Reni "Reclining Venus with Cupid" exquisitely painted on a KPM plate with a Fine raised gold border and enamel decoration of urns and scrolls, decorate...
Gorgeous KPM Berlin Porcelain Plaque of a Beauty with Original Frame
Gorgeous KPM Berlin Porcelain Plaque of a Beaut...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain, Giltwood
Gorgeous KPM Berlin porcelain plaque of a beauty after Astiwith original giltwood frame. circa 1880. Plaque size: 10” x 12.5”. Signed KPM on the back. Excellent conditio...
Antique KPM Berlin Porcelain Vase with Art Nouveau Copper Overlay
Antique KPM Berlin Porcelain Vase with Art Nouv...
KPM Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Vases
Porcelain, Copper
An early 20th century two-handled vase in bright white porcelain with a delicate Art Nouveau copper overlay from KPM (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin) of Germany. In English, ...
KPM Berlin Porcelain Blue Cameo Empress Augusta...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A wonderful and rare, antique KPM Royal Berlin cameo portrait cup and saucer. The cameo relief bisque portrait depicting Empress Augusta Victoria is centered in a gold cartouche s...
KPM Pair of Potpourri Vases, 1904
KPM Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Empire Vases
Porcelain
KPM Berlin, pair Potpourri vase, 1904 Porcelain, white glazed Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin(KPM), founded 1763, 1904 Each underglazed blue sceptre mark with a single stroke; ...
Mid-20th Century Porcelain Lamp by KPM, Germany
KPM Porcelain
Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Porcelain
Porcelain lamp by KPM of Berlin, Germany. 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 tab...
Porcelain Plaque of a 19th Century German Marke...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Mid-19th Century German Paintings
Porcelain, Giltwood
The 1844 summer market in the town of Lengerich, in the western German province of Westphalia, is the subject of this antique KPM porcelain plaque, making it an interesting piece of ...
Pair of 19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaques
KPM Porcelain, Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens
Antique 19th Century German Baroque Porcelain
Giltwood, Porcelain
This fine pair of antique porcelain plaques, the work of important Berlin porcelain-makers KPM, have been painted after self-portraits by the renowned Old Master artists Pieter Paul ...
Royal KPM Porcelain Krater Vase
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Other Vases
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 ro...
Antique German KPM porcelain panel of Judith wi...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain, Giltwood
The image of Judith with the Head of Holofernes was a powerful source of inspiration for many of great European artists, and was captured superbly in August Riedel's masterpiece, aft...
KPM White Antique Pierced Porcelain Basket
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century European Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
A beautiful KPM antique pierced porcelain basket made by the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin in the late 19th century. This beautiful basket is both decorative and useful. It is ...
Antique Royal Berlin KPM Figural Porcelain Cand...
KPM Porcelain, Paul Schley
Antique Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Candlesticks
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 Pa...
Fine Hand-Painted KPM Porcelain Plaque by Franz...
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 mark...
KPM Berlin Plaque, circa 1880
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A KPM Berlin plaque with a reclining lady reading amongst a rocky wooden landscape. German, circa 1880. Founded in Berlin in 1750 ‘KPM’ or 'Koenigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur' a...

Tall KPM Porcelain Vase

By KPM Porcelain
Tall KPM Porcelain Vase
KPM Porcelain
Vintage 1970s German Vases
Ceramic
A KPM designed tall porcelain vase with blue glaze.
Gothic Revival Carved Oak and KPM Porcelain Tri...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Gothic Revival Religious Items
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-Man...
19th Century German Porcelain Kpm Berlin Hand P...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Enamel, Porcelain
This open salt was made in the 19th century in typical Rococo style. The interior of the salt basin and the stand is delicately painted with birds, flowers and insects. In the center...
KPM Porcelain Plaque Painting of Vor Dem Aufsta...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Beaux Arts Paintings
Porcelain
KPM Porcelain Plaque of Vor Dem Aufstand 1809 in Tirol, Berlin Germany. Hand-painted late 19th century, after the painting by Franz Defregger (Austrian, 1835-1921). Set within an arm...
19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaque of the Battle...
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 ...
19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaque of Saint Jerome
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain, Giltwood
This fine German KPM porcelain plaque is unusually large in size and exceptionally decorated with detailing of the highest quality. It depicts Jerome (347-420AD), the revered theolog...
19th Century German KPM Porcelain Coffee and Te...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1850s German Tea Sets
Porcelain
German KPM porcelain coffee and tea service decorated in colors and gold with scenic images in each cartouche, Berlin, 1849-1870. 50 pieces. Comprising: One coffee pot One teapot ...
Important Early 19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaq...
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) vi...
'Oriental Girl' German KPM Porcelain Plaque
KPM Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Paintings
Porcelain, Giltwood
Orientalist style works became very popular in the 19th Century, and the tradition continued into the early 20th Century, when this fine porcelain plaque was produced. Manufactured b...
Midcentury-Modern Set of Six KPM Turtle Dishes ...
KPM Porcelain
Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Set of six KPM porcelain dishes in white porcelain. Formed as naturalistic turtles. Designed 1938 by Dormann. Can be used as salt dishes or for nuts or whatever. Very nice table deco...
KPM Hand-Painted Porcelain Portrait Plaque Lady...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s Picture Frames
Porcelain
A finely painted Berlin KPM plaque of a woman depicted as a gypsy holding a tambourine. Incredible textured detail to the dress. With incised K.P.M and sceptre to the reverse, mounte...
Mid-century Modern Set of Six KPM Fish Shaped D...
KPM Porcelain
Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Set of six KPM Porcelain dishes in the form of fishes in white porcelain. Designed 1938 by Dormann formed as a naturalistic fish. Stamped by KPM. Very nice for sushi. Very nice tabl...
19th Century Hand-Painted KPM Porcelain Portrai...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Victorian Paintings
Porcelain, Giltwood
This 19th century hand-painted KPM porcelain plaque features a well executed portrait of a young woman in profile. The young lady has been depicted wearing a wide brimmed red hat ado...
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...
Porcelain Basket, KPM Berlin, 18th Century
KPM Porcelain
Antique 18th Century German Rococo Porcelain
Porcelain
Oval porcelain basket with handles by KPM Berlin with plastic flower décor on the pierced rim and a polychrome flower bouquet on the well.
Antique KPM Royal Berlin Porcelain Hand-Painted...
KPM Porcelain
Early 20th Century German Porcelain
Porcelain
A fine antique KPM porcelain tureen with flower encrusted handles, Deutsche Blumen floral sprays, and a figural cherub and cornucopia finial. The base bears a blue underglaze fac...
German KPM Porcelain Plaque after Heinrich Hoff...
KPM Porcelain, Heinrich Hoffmann
Antique 19th Century German Paintings
Porcelain
This fantastic porcelain plaque takes after an important 19th century work by the celebrated German artist Heinrich Hoffmann (1824-1911). The original is one of Hoffmann's most famou...
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 writi...
Continental German '18th-19th Century' 78 Piece...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Platters and Serveware
Porcelain
Continental German (18th-19th century) 78 piece dinner service with a blue "Morning Glory" design and gilt trim (mfg by KPM, Royal Berlin).  
KPM Porcelain Plaque after The Painting by Sir ...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Decorative Art
Porcelain
A KPM Porcelain plaque depicting the three eldest children of Charles I, after the painting by Sir Anthony van Dyck. The finely painted rectangular plaque set within a giltwood an...
KPM Porcelain Plaque Depicting a Woman
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Paintings
Porcelain
A KPM Porcelain plaque depicting a woman with a basket of flowers. German, circa 1900. The finely painted rectangular plaque set within a carved and moulded giltwood frame wit...
19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaque of the Queen ...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Decorative Art
Porcelain
This beautiful antique porcelain plaque exhibits the fine quality of craftsmanship and artistry that the prestigious Berlin porcelain manufactory, KPM, is renowned for. The plaqu...
Porcelain Candelabrum Lamp, KPM, Berlin, 19th C...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Neoclassical Table Lamps
Porcelain
The porcelain of Berlin or Royal porcelain Factory of Berlin (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin in German language, which uses the acronym KPM) is a real manufactory for the man...
Lovely Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze-Mounted Ge...
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 wi...
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 de...
Set of Six Signed KPM Dessert Plates with Named...
KPM Porcelain
Vintage 1910s German Porcelain
Porcelain
An amazing set of six KPM hand painted dessert or cabinet plates. What set these apart are the subjects which make them extremely rare. Instead of the more common subjects of fruit a...
Faux Micromosaic and Pietre Dure Porcelain Cup ...
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...
19th Century Porcelain Tea & Coffee Service for...
KPM Porcelain, Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
Antique 1850s German Tea Sets
Porcelain
A fine mid-19th century porcelain tea and coffee service by Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur more commonly referred to as KPM. The matching service consists of a coffee pot, tea pot, ...
Louis XVI Style Ormolu-Mounted KPM Porcelain Ca...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Louis XVI Decorative 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 t...
19th Century KPM Berlin Service Téte á Téte
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Baroque Porcelain
Absolutely rare KPM Berlin tête á tête service decor relief decor. Porcelain, enamel decoration, gilding. The trellises on the upper edge on salmon colored ground, the rocaille...
Large Porcelain Vase by KPM, Germany, 1970s
KPM Porcelain, Johann Henke
Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vases
Porcelain
Large porcelain "Asia" vase by Johann Henke for KPM of Berlin, Germany, 1970s (based on a nineteenth century design). Simple elegant design in very good original condition. KPM mark...
KPM Berlin Art Nouveau Crystalline Glaze Vase Pink
KPM Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
KPM Berlin Art Nouveau crystalline glaze vase pink. Measures: 15.5 cm.
KPM Berlin Art Nouveau Crystalline Glaze Vase T...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Porcelain
Porcelain
KPM Berlin Art Nouveau crystalline glaze vase test piece. Measures 17.5 cm.
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 thre...

Papal Tazza by KPM

By KPM Porcelain
Papal Tazza by KPM
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Other Religious Items
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 K...
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