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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Large Blanc de Chine Berlin Porcelain Vase
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Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
Large Blanc de Chine Berlin Porcelain Vase
KPM Porcelain
Antique Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Porcelain
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 ...
Antique Royal Berlin KPM Figural Porcelain Candlestick with Weichmalerei Decor
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Dealer Location: Philadelphia, PA
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
Antique Royal Berlin KPM Figural Porcelain Candles...
KPM Porcelain, Paul Schley
Antique Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Porcelain
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 ...
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Dealer Location: London, GB
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
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...
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Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Bronze, Porcelain, Wood
Lovely Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze-Mounted Germa...
KPM Porcelain
Antique Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Porcelain
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 ...
18th Century KPM Porcelain Tea Service
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Dealer Location: New Orleans, LA
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
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...
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Dealer Location: New Orleans, LA
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
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...
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Dealer Location: Great Barrington, MA
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
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
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Dealer Location: Brighton, GB
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
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.
Papal Tazza by KPM
By KPM Porcelain
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Dealer Location: New Orleans, LA
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
Papal Tazza by KPM
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Other Porcelain
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 ...
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Dealer Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
12 Dinner Plates, Antique Berlin, All White Blanc ...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 1880s German Porcelain
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...
19th Century Potpourri Vase KPM Berlin
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Dealer Location: Berlin, DE
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
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...
Large KPM Porcelain Plaque of 'Romeo and Juliet' 19th Century
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Dealer Location: Brighton, GB
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
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
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Dealer Location: Paris, FR
Materials & Techniques: Bronze, Porcelain
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.
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Dealer Location: Ettlingen, DE
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
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...
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Dealer Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
KPM Porcelain Plaque of Hagar and Ishmael Banished...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Porcelain
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
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Dealer Location: Brighton, GB
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
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.
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Dealer Location: Vienna, AT
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain, Wood
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 ...
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Dealer Location: Worpswede / Bremen, DE
Materials & Techniques: Porcelain
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...
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Dealer Location: Great Barrington, MA
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Paste, Porcelain
Signed KPM Hand-Painted Plaque Mounted as Tilt-Top...
KPM Porcelain
Antique 19th Century German Aesthetic Movement Porcelain
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
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Dealer Location: London, GB
Materials & Techniques: 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 ...