A Berlin KPM porcelain plate with micromosaic decor

A Berlin KPM porcelain plate with micromosaic decor

Model no. 1054. Decorated with concentric bands of ornament on gilt ground surrounding a central medallion depicting a swan with a burning torch in a chariot drawn by birds. The border decorated with classical tendrils in 24 arched reserves. Blue sceptre mark with iron red dash, silver rhombus, impressed 22, incised III. D 24.8 cm.
Circa 1820.


Acquired in 2004.


Wittwer (ed.), Raffinesse & Eleganz, Munich 2007, no. 34. This piece was noted in the KPM’s commissions book with no indication as to its patron or recipient. However, the décor was still described in such detail that the plate was easy to identify: "mit einem Schwahn im Wagen nach römischer Mosiaq: und im gold erh. Medaillon, drum breit Gold Glanzstreifen drum bis zum Spiegel 12 florent. Rossetten in Glanzgold u Gold Arabesque zwisch. 2 schmale erh: Arabesquen, der bord mit Gold gravite Dekorti, in chamois Nischen und dazwischen Gold gravirte Arabesque in Glanzgold." (SPSG, KPM-Archiv, Berlin Land, BBuch 1820 - 21, entry from 2nd May 1820, p. 10).
The opulent design of this plate indicates an aristocratic commission, possibly from the circle of the hessian order for the service with the iron helm, for which numerous comparable plates were produced (cat. Orden auf königlichem Porzellan, Petersberg 2013, p. 228 ff., especially no. 4.391).


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

Lot 43 Dα

4.000 € - 6.000 €

5.625 €