A Berlin KPM porcelain vase with two views of Berlin
Vase fired in three pieces and screw mounted. With rosette-form handles. Decorated to both sides with two gilt-framed reserves painted with annotated views of Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Museum. Blue sceptre mark with KPM, red imperial orb mark, black star. H 69,5 cm. The vase will be sold together with a special custom-made marble base.
The vase can almost certainly be attributed to an entry in the Royal Conto Book 1837, where it was the third, most expensive and largest, part of a set of vases that is now lost. The two Württemberg princesses Marie Friedeirke Charlotte (born in 1816) and her younger sister Sophie Friederike Mathilde (born in 1818) could have been the recipients, or the third wife of King Wilhelm II of Württemberg, his cousin Pauline von Württemberg, whom he married in 1820.
Alongside the Glyptothek designed by Klenze in Munich, the Royal Berlin Museum is the oldest museum in Germany. The Grecian style edifice was conceived by the architect and city planner Karl Friedrich Schinkel and can be considered one of his grandest masterpieces. The building was inaugrated and opened on 3rd August 1830, the 60th birthday of King Frederick William III. The enormous bowl fashioned from a single piece of granite, the so-called "Wonder of the Biedermeier", can still be found in front of the museum to this day. It was originally designed to be placed in the rotunda in the heart of the building, but logistical errors made this impossible. The pleasure gardens stretching out before the museum were the first public park to be opened in central Berlin, and still exists today in almost indentical form. The combined views of Brandenburg Gate and the new Museum express the kings's pride in his modern city. The boulevard Unter den Linden behind Brandenburg Gate leads directly to the pleasure gardens, museums and Berlin Cathedral, which can be seen on the far right edge of the view.
Formerly the Preussag Collection, sold in Lempertz Berlin auction 1084 on 3rd May 2017, lot 450.