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KPM Porcelain

KPM, an acronym of Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin, translates to "Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin." KPM was founded in 1763 when Frederick II of Prussia, also known as Frederick the Great, bought the factory previously owned by a Berlin businessman, then renamed it and took over the staff. Frederick the Great was not only KPM's owner, but also often referred to himself as their best customer, as he placed many KPM orders for his palace. In fact, many of KPM's dinnerware services were designed with the interior of his palace in mind. For this reason, their early designs draw from the Rococo style.

In 1868 and 1872, a new building was constructed for KPM, prepared with the most modern techniques of the day. In 1878, KPM created a Chemical-Technical Research Institute which produced several innovations in manufacturing, specifically in designing molds and applying colors. From this point, KPM was always at the forefront of technological aspects in the ceramic industry. The company went on to create porcelain sets that were influenced by popular art movements such as Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, and New Objectivity.

In the '90s, KPM's production emphasized their cultural roots by rediscovering historic colors and patterns. It was during this time that they also reissued dinner services from the New Objectivity era. In the early 2000s, KPM shops were opened in Berlin, Hamburg, Postsdam, and Cologne. A company museum was opened at their headquarters in 2007, dedicated to 250 years of fine porcelain making.


Quick Facts

  • KPM's Wedding Procession figurines, designed in honor of the marriage of Prince Frederick William of Prussia and Cicilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, are considered among of the most significant pieces of Berlin Art Nouveau
  • KPM's "Two Princesses" statue created in 1795 for a double royal wedding is thought to be a major work of early Classicism
  • A KPM porcelain rectangular plaque, "The Dancing Lesson of our Grandmother," sold at Christie's New York in April 2013 for $68,750

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BEAUTIFUL GILTWOOD FRAMED KPM PORCELAIN PLAQUE
Nov 06, 12:00 PM PDT
BEAUTIFUL GILTWOOD FRAMED KPM PORCELAIN PLAQUE
by Jumbo Auction House
Est: $1,500- $3,500
$5502 Bids
3 Biedermeier-Tassen. KPM Berlin.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
3 Biedermeier-Tassen. KPM Berlin.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€202 Bids
KPM Porcelain Plaque Othello Before the Doge, Eduard Baerschneider 19th Century
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
KPM Porcelain Plaque Othello Before the Doge, Eduard Baerschneider 19th Century
by Zikorn Arts
Est: $5,000- $6,000
$5,0001 Bid
Empire-Kanne. KPM Berlin.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Empire-Kanne. KPM Berlin.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€201 Bid
Cuno v.Bodenhausen KPM Plaque Royal Porcelain Hutschenreuther 19th Century
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Cuno v.Bodenhausen KPM Plaque Royal Porcelain Hutschenreuther 19th Century
by Zikorn Arts
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,5001 Bid
ANTIQUE KPM PORCELAIN CUP AND SAUCER ALEXANDER I
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE KPM PORCELAIN CUP AND SAUCER ALEXANDER I
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$101 Bid
A ceremonial plate, KPM Berlin
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
A ceremonial plate, KPM Berlin
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€801 Bid
Mokkatasse "Kurländer Muster". KPM Berlin.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Mokkatasse "Kurländer Muster". KPM Berlin.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€901 Bid
Cabaret. Krister.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Cabaret. Krister.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€901 Bid
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Gründerzeit-Kuchenteller "KPM" Kister
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
Gründerzeit-Kuchenteller "KPM" Kister
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€151 Bid
GERMAN HAND OIL PAINT ON MARBLE PLAQUE 1860S ARTIST IN THE MANNER OF KPM
Oct 29, 6:00 PM EDT
GERMAN HAND OIL PAINT ON MARBLE PLAQUE 1860S ARTIST IN THE MANNER OF KPM
by Auctions by Daum
Est: $230- $260
$1751 Bid
Porzellangemälde: Offiziersporträt. KPM Berlin.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Porzellangemälde: Offiziersporträt. KPM Berlin.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1301 Bid
KPM Porcelain Floral Vase
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
KPM Porcelain Floral Vase
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
two figurines, KPM Berlin, around 1900, disguised
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
two figurines, KPM Berlin, around 1900, disguised
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €20- €150
€400 Bids
Brule de Perfume, KPM, around 1914-18, house painting
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Brule de Perfume, KPM, around 1914-18, house painting
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €150- €300
€1200 Bids
tea set, KPM Berlin, 20th c., porcelain, opulent
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
tea set, KPM Berlin, 20th c., porcelain, opulent
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €550- €1,100
€5500 Bids
Two decorative plates, KPM Berlin, around 1910-20, 1
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Two decorative plates, KPM Berlin, around 1910-20, 1
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
Tabatiere mit Watteaumalerei. KPM Berlin.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Tabatiere mit Watteaumalerei. KPM Berlin.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€3900 Bids
15 Teile Tischdekoration. KPM Berlin.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
15 Teile Tischdekoration. KPM Berlin.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€2800 Bids
Tablett mit Vogel- und Fruchtmalerei. KPM Berlin.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Tablett mit Vogel- und Fruchtmalerei. KPM Berlin.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids
Mythologische Gruppe. KPM Berlin.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Mythologische Gruppe. KPM Berlin.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€6500 Bids
Ansichtentasse. KPM Berlin.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Ansichtentasse. KPM Berlin.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell KPM Porcelain


Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl

Das Kunst- und Auktionshaus Kastern GmbH & Co KG

Das Kunst- und Auktionshaus Kastern GmbH & Co KG

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Auktionshaus Plückbaum