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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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KPM-Tasse mit Untertasse, 1926
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
KPM-Tasse mit Untertasse, 1926
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€2004 Bids
KPM-Tasse, Unterteller u. kl. Platte
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
KPM-Tasse, Unterteller u. kl. Platte
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€802 Bids
A 21-piece ''Wroclaw Royal Palace'' tea service - KPM Berlin
Dec 07, 2:00 PM CET
A 21-piece ''Wroclaw Royal Palace'' tea service - KPM Berlin
by Neumeister
Est: €450- €500
€1,6002 Bids
KPM Berlin Kurland 2 footed bowls, cutwork, Schalen auf Fuß,
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
KPM Berlin Kurland 2 footed bowls, cutwork, Schalen auf Fuß,
by Antikauktion Krefeld
Est: €160- €0
€1601 Bid
Paar Zierteller mit Blumen-und Vogeldekor
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Paar Zierteller mit Blumen-und Vogeldekor
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €500- €1,000
€5001 Bid
Paar Zierteller mit galanter und Schäferszene
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Paar Zierteller mit galanter und Schäferszene
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €1,200- €2,400
€1,2001 Bid
4 collection cups, including KPM Berlin, Sammeltassen,
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
4 collection cups, including KPM Berlin, Sammeltassen,
by Antikauktion Krefeld
Est: €130- €0
€1301 Bid
Lot of 19th & 20th C. KPM Plaques (3)
Nov 29, 12:00 PM EST
Lot of 19th & 20th C. KPM Plaques (3)
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
KPM Porcelain Plaque, The Abduction of Psyche
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
KPM Porcelain Plaque, The Abduction of Psyche
by Nye & Company
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0001 Bid
Ein Paar Kerzenhalter
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
Ein Paar Kerzenhalter
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
Pair Royal Berlin KPM Cabinet Plates, Courting Scenes
Dec 04, 10:00 AM PST
Pair Royal Berlin KPM Cabinet Plates, Courting Scenes
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
10 KPM Germany Porcelain Hand Painted Cups
Dec 04, 10:00 AM PST
10 KPM Germany Porcelain Hand Painted Cups
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $250- $300
$2000 Bids
KPM Porcelain Scalloped Dish, c1900. Birds & Flowers
Dec 04, 10:00 AM PST
KPM Porcelain Scalloped Dish, c1900. Birds & Flowers
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $250
$1800 Bids
KPM Porcelain Tureen Cherub Finial c1900
Dec 04, 10:00 AM PST
KPM Porcelain Tureen Cherub Finial c1900
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
KPM Porcelain and Gilt Vase, Checkered Accents
Dec 04, 10:00 AM PST
KPM Porcelain and Gilt Vase, Checkered Accents
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $450
$3000 Bids
Großer Wandteller mit holländischer Landschaft
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Großer Wandteller mit holländischer Landschaft
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €500- €1,000
€5000 Bids
Affengruppe
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Affengruppe
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€1,0000 Bids
Art Déco-Deckeldöschen mit Dekor "Schlafende"
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Art Déco-Deckeldöschen mit Dekor "Schlafende"
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €330- €660
€3300 Bids
Anbietschale mit Früchtedekor
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Anbietschale mit Früchtedekor
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €300- €600
€3000 Bids
Aufsatzschale mit Blumendekor
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Aufsatzschale mit Blumendekor
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €700- €1,400
€7000 Bids
Paar Berliner Ansichtenteller
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Paar Berliner Ansichtenteller
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €600- €1,200
€6000 Bids
Zierteller mit Dekor "Koreanischer Löwe"
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Zierteller mit Dekor "Koreanischer Löwe"
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €460- €920
€4500 Bids
Zierteller mit Dekor "Koreanischer Löwe"
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Zierteller mit Dekor "Koreanischer Löwe"
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €460- €920
€4500 Bids
Jagdlicher Speiseteller
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Jagdlicher Speiseteller
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €850- €1,700
€8500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell KPM Porcelain


Dannenberg

Dannenberg

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Antikauktion Krefeld

Antikauktion Krefeld

Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG

Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG