Porcelain coffee cup and saucer
Artist/Maker: KPM - Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur Berlin
Artist/Maker Dates: 1763 - present
Place of Production: Germany, Berlin
Date of Production: end of 19th century
Materials: cobalt, gilding, porcelain, underglaze hand painting
Diameter of saucer: 12.5 cm.
Height: 5.5 cm.
Condition notes: Wear consistent with age and use
Throughout long time porcelain in Europe was appreciated so highly that
it called «white gold». The Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin was
founded in 1763 by Frederick II of Prussia (Frederick the Great). Its
actual origins, however, lie in three private enterprises, which, under
crown patronage, were trying to establish the production of "white gold"
(i.e. porcelain) in Berlin from the mid-18th century onwards. The
company logo is a cobalt blue sceptre, which is stamped (painted prior
to 1837) on every piece. All painted pieces produced by KPM are signed
by the painter. The KPM is still producing to this day; each piece of
dishware and decorative porcelain is entirely unique. The KPM has
produced a number of dishware forms and porcelain figurines throughout
its history. Some forms have hardly changed their shape in over 200
years of production. Frederick the Great, who, 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.
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