Sunday, March 9, 2008

Empire Vase by the Royal Berlin Porcelain Manufactory signed on the base with the initials K.P.M

by the Royal Berlin Porcelain Manufactory signed on the base with the initials K.P.M.
view of Potsdam attributed to Eduard Wilhelm Forst
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A superb and rare Classical gilt bronze mounted gilt and polychrome painted porcelain Medici vase made by the Royal Berlin Porcelain Manufactory signed on the base with the initials K.P.M. below a crown, with gilded rim and gilt biscuit acanthus leaf border above an extremely fine panoramic view of Potsdam attributed to Eduard Wilhelm Forst within a painted rosette border, with scrolled stiff leaf gilt bronze handles, the gilt painted lower body painted en grisaille with classical grotesque decoration depicting at centre a flower-filled head of a maiden amid further flowers and foliage, on a red and green striped foot bordered above and below by stiff leaf gilded bands on a square gilt base with polychrome scale pattern border Berlin, date circa 1838 Height 76 cm, width 65 cm. Literature: Winfried Baer, “Der Einfluss der Antike auf das Erscheinungsbild der Berliner Porzellanmanufakturen”, in W. Arenhövel (ed.) “Berlin und die Antike”, exhibition catalogue, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut and Staatliche Museum Preussischer Kulterbesitz, Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg, Gosse Orangerie, 22nd April – 22nd July 1979, illustrating and describing an identically styled Berlin Medici Krater vase featuring a panorama of Berlin, housed at Schloss Glücksburg. Brigitte Klesse, “Berliner Veduten-Porzellane in Köln”, in “Keramos”, no. 150, 1995, pp. 53-85, illustrating and describing a slightly later but identically styled Berlin Medici Krater vase housed in the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Cologne. The form of this vase is one of the rarest made by the Royal Berlin Porcelain Manufactory or Konigliche-Porzellan-Manufaktur (K.P.M). It was known as a Riesen’sche Sorte, so named after Johann Karl Friedrich Riese who worked as the modellmeister at K.P.M. from1789 to 1835. Not only is its form almost unique but it was also one of the Berlin factory’s largest Medici Krater vases. Only six others are known.