For your consideration is this pair of KPM (Konigliche Porzellan Manufacktur) Tea or Coffee Cups. These measure about 3 ” tall x 3″ wide in diameter and the saucers measure about 5-1/2″ in diameter. They have hand painted flowers on them. There is a small amount of wear to the gilt on the edge. Three of the four pieces have the same mark one saucer doesn’t have a sceptre above the circle. There are no chips, cracks, or flea bite marks on them. Please see the pictures for more details.
The company logo is a cobalt blue sceptre, which is stamped (painted prior to 1837) on every piece.
Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin, Germany; was founded in 1763 by Frederick II of Prussia (Frederick the Great) as Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (KPM).
Frederick the Great, as the owner, jokingly referred to himself as his own “best customer”, was under the spell of the Rococo style during his life; a culmination of this artistic style can be seen in his castles. After his death there was a stylistic turning point in Prussia.
Under Frederick the Great’s successor, his nephew Frederick William II, the cheerful soft-brush forms of Rococo gave way to the distinct lines of Classicism.
In the first half of the 19th century KPM was a leader in the production of pictorial and veduta porcelain among the big European manufactories. The manufactory’s managing director from 1832, Freydanck designed a series of works depicting beautiful cityscapes of Berlin and Potsdam. Presented as regal gifts they shaped the image of a new Berlin in the eyes of other European souvereigns.
KPM Berlin decors are all hand painted. The painters are free to interpret the motifs within the design specifications. When finished, the painter signs the porcelain he has decorated. Each piece of porcelain thus becomes a unique work of art.