Sunday, March 9, 2008

An important Topographical Vase with a Panoramic View of Potsdam by Eduard Wilhelm Forst

An important Topographical Vase with a Panoramic View of Potsdam
by Eduard Wilhelm Forst
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WORK DATE: 1838
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CATEGORY: Ceramics
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MARKINGS: Sceptre mark in underglaze-blue and red printed orb and KPM, black initials, E.F., for the painter Eduard Wilhelm Forst.
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SIZE: h: 77 cm / h: 30.3 in
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REGION: German, GALLERY: +49-(0)89-28 06 40
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DESCRIPTION: Berlin, KPM, circa 1838The body of this so called Kratervase, also known as the Vase Medicis or Rheden'sche Sorte, is finely painted with a panoramic view of Potsdam as seen from the Babelsberg by Eduard Wilhelm Forst, since 1823 in the 'Landscape painter corps of the KPM.' Below a gilt biscuit stiff leaf border under the rim, the lower body painted en grisaille with a classical grotesque decoration on a gilt ground and set with two finely modeled divided gilt biscuit acanthus scroll handles, all raised on a red and green striped foot and square gilt base edged with a colorful scale pattern border.The form of this vase is one of the rarest produced by the Berlin factory. Only five others are known:A pair in the Kunstsammlungen zu Weimar - one with a panorama of Berlin and the other with a panorama of Potsdam apparently identical to the present vase; a single Vase in Schloss Glücksburg (residence of the Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein); a single vase of later date (1845) and with framed rather than panoramic views in the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Cologne; a single vase in a London private collection with the same panoramic view seen from the other side i.e. from the hill behind the 'Marmor Palais.'
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LITERATURE: Baer, Winfried, Der Einfluβ de Antike auf das Erscheinungsbild der Berliner Porzellanmanufakturn. In:Berlin und die Antike, Exhibition Catalog, ed. W. Arenhövel, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut und Staatliche Mussen Preussicher Kulturbesitz, Berlin, 1979Lesse, Brigitte, Berliner Veduten-Porzellane in Köln. In: Keramos 150, 1995, p. 53-85, fig. 1a-c.Kat. Exhib., Carl Daniel Freydanck 1811-1887, Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Berlin in Schloβ Charlottenburg, Berlin 1987, p. 39, Add. 56.