A pair of ice pails from the wedding service for Princess Louise of Prussia
Of cylindrical form with moulded base and rim and lion mascaron appliques with laurel wreaths in their jaws. The outer surfaces gilded throughout, a burnished gold band to the inner rim with tooled foliage. Decorated with finely painted views of Berlin in round reserves with palmette borders. The entire vase entwined with a colourful garland of naturalistic flowers and ivy. Blue sceptre mark, iron red astrological symbol of Venus (Kreuzbergdenkmal) and blue symbol of Mars (Charlottenburg), incised IIII. H ca. 20, D 18 to 18.5 cm.
Christie´s London, 1st May 2002, lot 121.
Purchased in 2002 from Diana Huntley.
Raffinesse & Eleganz - Königliche Porzellane des frühen 19. Jahrhunderts aus einer amerikanischen Privatsammlung, Berlin, Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Schloss Charlottenburg, 28th July - 4th November 2007
Die Sammlung Cohen. Porzellane der grossen Manufakturen 1800 - 1840. Wien, Liechtenstein Museum, 16th November 2007 - 11th February 2008
Refinement & Elegance - Early 19th-Century Royal Porcelain from an American private collection, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9th September 2008 - 19th April 2009
Wittwer (ed.), Raffinesse & Eleganz, Munich 2007, no. 105.
The design of these bottle coolers, which are described in manufactory records as "Flaschennäpfe" or "Bouteillnäpfe", was first used for 20 pieces produced as part of a service for the Duke of Wellington which KPM began in 1817. The form was used again in 1825 in this service for the wedding of Princess Louise of Prussia. Here, the coolers are decorated with two well-known Prussian vedutas combined with naturalistically painted flower garlands to suit the occasion. This set of two ice pails is painted with a view of Berlin, the War Memorial in Berlin, a view of Charlottenburg, and of Charlottenburg theatre, with all vedutas labelled in German.