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KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

The Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin, or KPM (Royal Porcelain Factory, Berlin, in English) was one of the most influential porcelain factories to emerge in 18th-century Germany, along with Nymphenburg and Meissen. KPM was the third incarnation of a company originally founded in 1751 by Wilhelm Caspar Wegely to take advantage of the burgeoning market for “white gold.” On the verge of bankruptcy, Wegely sold his inventory and tools to Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky, who in 1761 established another porcelain factory, which also failed, and was subsequently taken over by Frederick II of Prussia in 1763. Like Augustus II, Elector of Saxony, the patron of Meissen and a keen collector who described himself as suffering (quite happily) from “porcelain sickness,” Frederick II was proud to refer to himself as KPM’s “best customer.” KPM produces china and figurines to this day, and throughout its long history, it has been a style-setter for elegant tableware, particularly in the 1930’s, the period during which their popular patterns Urbino, Urania and Arkadia were designed.

Thanks to its royal patronage, KPM had the resources and contacts necessary to establish itself as a leading luxury producer, and supplied Russian and European elites with tableware in the Rococo and Neoclassical styles, as well as monumental vases, and decorative plaques. Many of these objects can be found today in major museums as a result of Frederick II’s penchant for sending KPM porcelain as diplomatic gifts throughout Europe. Unlike Meissen, which was known for crafting porcelain sculptures of dazzling complexity, KPM is revered for the precision and splendor of its surface decoration, and for its porcelain plaques depicting scenes from history and mythology. One especially lovely example circa 1790 is a neocalssical-style tea service decorated with gold accents and a grisaille design of figures from the ancient world. By contrast, this boldly colorful narrative cup and saucer set from the 1840’s depicts scenes from real life as colorfully as a painting. The set was commissioned by a gentleman for his wife as a tongue-in-cheek gift commemorating her misadventures while in town for a visit to the opera, which resulted in her opera glasses being stolen. The saucer shows the thief and the glasses, and the cup reveals the scene of the crime in vivid hues.

KPM was forced to move from its original location in 1867 due to the building of the new Prussian Parliament building, and this afforded the company the opportunity to to create a new factory with the newest equipment and materials of the day. With the growing popularity of Art Nouveau and the western fascination with Asian ceramics, KPM began formulating glazes that evoked the color palette and rich surfaces of Chinese porcelain. By the turn of the century, KPM was exhibiting its wares to a global audience at international expositions. At the end of World War I with the collapse of the Prussian monarchy, KPM was renamed the State Porcelain Manufactory Berlin, continuing to use the name KPM and its use of the cobalt blue sceptre mark that is painted on the bottom of every piece.

By the late 1920’s, the designers and craftsmen of KPM were inspired by the tenets of Modernism, particularly the styles of the Bauhaus and the Deutscher Werkbund. During this period, the firm’s aim was to produce useful household porcelain for a range of consumers, rather than catering to a small elite. Among the most successful patterns of this era was designer Trude Petri’s Urbino line, which is still produced today. Following World War II, KPM was temporarily housed in the town of Selb, and only returned to its rebuilt quarters in Berlin in 1957. In the 1980s, KPM became an private company independent of the state, and began to focus production on the preservation of historic forms, designs, and techniques. KPM continues to collaborate with designers from all over the world, most recently on the Berlin dinnerware service with designer Enzo Mari, and a collaboration with the luxury brands Bottega Veneta and Bugatti.

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KPM Berlin Porcelain Plaque 'Nymphs and Cupids' Germany, circa 1870
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Exquisite porcelain painting of playing nymphs and cupids Manufactory: KPM Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin, Germany Dating: circa 1870 Material: porcelain, painted, glossy finish...
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1870s German Romantic Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

Two KPM Porcelain Plaques in Giltwood Frames after Murillo
By Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
These wonderful porcelain plaques were created in circa 1860 by the prestigious Konigliche Porzellan Manufaktur or KPM (German, founded in 1763). The plaques feature beautiful painti...
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Late 19th Century German Baroque Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Giltwood

KPM Cabinet Plate with Intricate Reticulation and a Central Painting of Pansies
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Boston, MA
I am offering you this fabulous KPM fluted cabinet plate with gold and white intricate reticulation. There is a beautiful painting of a bouquet of pansies on the center of the plate ...
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1890s German Romantic Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

Beautiful and Large Late 19th Century K.P.M. Oval Plaque Signed Wagner
By Wagner Kpm, KPM Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and large late 19th century Berlin K.P.M. Porcelain oval plaque signed Wagner Signed Wagner The portrait of a lovely woman entitled ‘Agesta’, after the artist Angel...
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Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Wood, Porcelain

Large Oval Berlin 'K.P.M.' Porcelain Plaque of a Harem Dancer
By KPM Porcelain
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Large oval Berlin (K.P.M.) Porcelain plaque of a harem dancer Exceptional painting of a veiled exotically dressed and jeweled dancer, in landscape. Impressed K.P.M. and scepter ma...
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Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Giltwood

Exceptional Quality Berlin K.P.M Porcelain Plaque "Kiss of the Wave", F. Wagner
By KPM Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional quality Berlin K.P.M Porcelain plaque, late 19th century. Plaque size: 12.5" x 16.5" Frame size: 18" x 22" "Kiss of the Wave" after Gustav Wertheimer, Austrian (18...
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Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

Large KPM Porcelain Plaque of the Three Fates
By KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
Painted by Louis Scherf (1870-1955), after a painting by F.P. Thumann. The three Fates, Atropos, Clotho and Lachesis are finely polychrome painted. Atropos, the oldest of the thre...
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Early 20th Century German Classical Greek KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Wood

Berlin KPM Porcelain Plaque Last Quarter of the 19th Century after Raphael
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Palm Beach, FL
A Berlin KPM Porcelain Plaque Last quarter of the 19th century After Raphael, depicting Madonna and child with a river and city in the distance, signed A. Deckelmann, impressed ...
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19th Century Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

KPM Berlin Porcelain Plaque 'Summer Evening' by Louis Knoeller, circa 1900
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Exquisite porcelain painting in original gilded frame Depiction of two young women with a child on a summer evening in a village landscape with a castle. Polychrome painted in war...
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Early 1900s German Romantic Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

KPM Porcelain Plaque of Mary and Her Child after Madonna of the Chair Painting
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Boston, MA
This is a beautifully painted KPM porcelain plaque after the famous painting of the Madonna of the Chair or Madonna della Sedia by Raphael, which was originally painted 1513-1514. Ma...
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Early 20th Century German Renaissance KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

KPM Berlin Porcelain Picture Plaque Portrait of a Girl with Veil, ca 1830
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Portrait of a girl in oriental-style clothing with a headdress and veil in a scenic setting. In original, gilded wood frame with acanthus leaf and oak leaf garland carving. Manuf...
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1830s German Biedermeier Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Wood

Porcelain Plaque of a 19th Century German Market by KPM
By KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
The 1844 summer market in the town of Lengerich, in the western German province of Westphalia, is the subject of this antique KPM porcelain plaque, making it an interesting piece of ...
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Mid-19th Century German Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Giltwood

Berlin KPM Porcelain Hand Painted Oval Plaque Portrait of a Girl
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Guaynabo, PR
A porcelain plaque portrait from KPM that depicts a young girl sitting in a stone bench after gathering some roses in her shawl and embellish her turban with one of them. Beautifully...
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Mid-19th Century German Victorian Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Wood

19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaque of the Queen of Prussia
By KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
This beautiful antique porcelain plaque exhibits the fine quality of craftsmanship and artistry that the prestigious Berlin porcelain manufactory, KPM, is renowned for. The plaqu...
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Late 19th Century German Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

Wonderful Late 19th-Early 20th Berlin K.P.M. Porcelain Rectangular Plaque
By KPM Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful late 19th-early 20th Berlin K.P.M. porcelain rectangular plaque Painted landscape scene with two women and their children playing, the background with two men, one pla...
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Late 19th Century German Belle Époque Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Giltwood

Orientalist KPM Porcelain Plaque of Interior Scene
By KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
Orientalist KPM Porcelain plaque of interior scene German, 20th century Frame: Height 71cm, width 64cm, depth 4cm Plaque: Height 50cm, width 39cm, depth 0.5cm Painted in the Or...
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20th Century German Moorish KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Giltwood

Very Fine KPM Porcelain Plaque of a Young Woman, circa 1890
By KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
A very fine KPM porcelain plaque of a young woman in a giltwood frame. German, circa 1890. This fine KPM plaque is superbly painted with a portrait bust of a young woman holdi...
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Late 19th Century German Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Giltwood, Porcelain

KPM porcelain plaque "The Love Letter"
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very fine 19th century German KPM hand painted porcelain plaque depicting two young ladies reading a love letter, within a giltwood frame. Impressed monogram and sceptre mark Pla...
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19th Century German Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Wood

Large 19th Century Berlin Rectangular KPM Porcelain Painted Framed Plaque
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A large 19th century Berlin Rectangular K.P.M porcelain painted framed plaque Germany, circa 1880 Very well painted depicting a women draped in linens with two angels above h...
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1880s German Napoleon III Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

Large Renaissance Style Painted Porcelain Plaque
By KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
Large Renaissance style painted porcelain plaque German, 20th century Frame: Height 50cm, width 64cm, depth 6cm Plaque: Height 34cm, width 49cm, depth 0.5cm In this beautifully...
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20th Century German Renaissance KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Giltwood

'Oriental Girl' German KPM Porcelain Plaque
By KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
Orientalist style works became very popular in the 19th Century, and the tradition continued into the early 20th Century, when this fine porcelain plaque was produced. Manufactured b...
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Early 20th Century German KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Giltwood

KPM Berlin Porcelain Plaque Flute Playing Girl Genre Scene, Germany, circa 1840
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Exquisite porcelain painting in original gilded frame Manufactory: KPM Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin, Germany Dating: circa 1840 Material: Porcelain, painted, glossy finish...
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1840s German Romantic Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Wood

KPM Porcelain Painting After Murillo
By KPM Porcelain
Located in New Orleans, LA
Painted after a work by 17th century Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), this enchanting KPM painting on porcelain is a beautiful rendering of the artist's original...
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Late 19th Century German Other Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

Kpm Painting on Porcelain Vestal Virgin with Oil Lamp Goddess of the Hearth
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Toledo, OH
Hand painted on porcelain of a vestal virgin with oil lamp the goddess of the hearth. Stamped K P M on the back. Image is 5.25" x 7.25.
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20th Century European Other KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

KPM "Judith" Hand Painted Porcelain Plaque 19th Century H. Buoker
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Toledo, OH
KPM hand painted porcelain plaque by U U H. Buoker. Depiction of Judith holding the head of Holofernes, after the painting by August Riedel. Impressed mark on the back. Framed in a g...
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1840s European Empire Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

A KPM Porcelain Plaque After The Painting By Sir Anthony van Dyck, Circa 1890
By Anthony van Dyck, KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
A KPM Porcelain Plaque Depicting The Three Eldest Children of Charles I, After The Painting By Sir Anthony van Dyck. German, Circa 1890. The finely painted rectangular plaque s...
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Late 19th Century German Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

19th Century KPM Porcelain Plaque after Portrait by Christian Leberecht Vogel
By KPM Porcelain, Christian Leberecht Vogel
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This charming 19th century KPM porcelain plaque depicts a painting after German artist Christian Leberecht Vogel's popular work Die Söhne des Künstlers, executed in 1793. The beautif...
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1860s German Romantic Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

KPM Plaque of Boys Playing Dice after Murillo
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Montreal, QC
Finely painted after Bartolome Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1617-1682), a KPM plaque, boys playing dice, with scepter mark verso and impressed H There is also partially illegible writi...
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Late 19th Century German Baroque Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

Berlin KPM Hand-Painted Porcelain Plaque Depicting "Ruth," Circa 1900
By KPM Porcelain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Berlin KPM Hand Painted Porcelain Plaque Depicting "Ruth", within a gilt-wood frame Marked with K.P.M & Sceptre mark & numbered 237158h Titled on back Ruth after Th.Landelle ...
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1890s German Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain

Two Antique Kpm Painted Porcelain Plaques in Giltwood Frames
By KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
This pair of portraits are of oval form and depict the half-length figures of a young boy and girl. The boy has fair, shoulder-length hair and wears a white shirt and green-lined bro...
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19th Century German Rococo Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Giltwood

Antique German KPM porcelain panel of Judith with the Head of Holofernes
By KPM Porcelain
Located in London, GB
The image of Judith with the Head of Holofernes was a powerful source of inspiration for many of great European artists, and was captured superbly in August Riedel's masterpiece, aft...
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Late 19th Century German Antique KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations

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Porcelain, Giltwood

KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations for sale on 1stDibs.

KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of KPM porcelain wall decorations, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 31 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original wall decorations by KPM Porcelain were created in Europe during the 19th century in Romantic style. Many customers also consider Wall Decorations by Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (KPM) Wall Decorations and Meissen Porcelain Wall Decorations if you are looking for additional options. Prices for KPM Porcelain Wall Decorations can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $595 and tops out at $76,369, while pieces like these can sell for on average $14,400.