A rare Berlin KPM porcelain krater vase with faux micro-mosaic decor

A rare Berlin KPM porcelain krater vase with faux micro-mosaic decor

Fired in two pieces and screwed together. Decorated with finely painted depictions of ruins in faux micro-mosaic technique in gilt reserves. The base painted to resemble gold-veined lapis lazuli. Blue sceptre mark, iron red dash. A glued breakage to the screw mountings, a horizontal scratch to the centre of the body. H 42.3 cm.
Circa 1810 - 20.

Royal Berlin began painting pieces to imitate micro-mosaic technique around 1805, inspired by the tiny coloured glass mosaics manufactured in Rome. The "Studio Vaticano del Mosaico" began production in 1727 and reached their zenith during the Napoleonic Era, in which minute mosaic plaques and snuffboxes became popular as Grand Tour souvenirs. It was around this time that KPM began imitating the technique in their painted designs. The meticulous process of painting on each individual stone meant that only very few vases and services were produced with this décor, and they have always been among the most sought-after collector's items from the manufactory.

Lot 437 Dα

Estimate:
8.000 € - 12.000 €

Result:
14.880 €