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Faux Micromosaic and Pietre Dure Porcelain Cup and Saucer by KPM

$14,850per set

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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 Roman micromosaics and florentine Pietre Dure with amazing results. Upon first glance, the workmanship is so flawless that it is nearly impossible to detect the motif is actually painted upon the porcelain. Faux micromosaic and Pietre Dure techniques were an invention of the KPM artisans, who sought to satisfy their patron’s desires for distinctive and innovative designs. Other firms, specifically the imperial porcelain works in Vienna and St. Petersburg emulated this style for a brief time. This cup and saucer are formed in a dynamic octagonal shape, hand-painted with the dominant hues of vibrant red and gold. The micromosaic decoration takes the form of songbirds, while the Pietre Dure panels resemble Roman vases and butterflies–all of which display an amazing level of detail. This cup and saucer was once part of the world-renowned Twinight Collection of Royal Porcelain and displayed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and featured in Refinement & Elegance: Early 19th Century Royal Porcelain from the Twinight Collection, circa 1815 Cup: 2 3/4" high x 2 3/4" wide x 3 1/2" deep Saucer: 4" high x 4" wide x 1" deep.

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  • Dimensions
    Height: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Diameter: 4 in. (10.16 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Other (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
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  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1815
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 30-41071stDibs: LU89118864503

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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.
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