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
Height of the cup: 5.5 cm.
Diameter of saucer: 12.5 cm.
Condition notes: Slight wear of the gilding, 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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