Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (KPM)
A Porcelain Plaque Depicting a Scene from Shakespeare’s Othello
'Othello' A Fine Berlin (KPM) Porcelain Plaque After Carl Ludwig Friedrich Becker (German, 1820-1900). Signed ‘R. Wagner’. Impressed mark to...
DimensionsHeight: 44 cm (18 in)
Width: 50 cm (20 in)
Depth: 8 cm (4 in)
‘Othello’ A Fine Berlin (KPM) Porcelain Plaque After Carl Ludwig Friedrich Becker (German, 1820-1900).
Signed ‘R. Wagner’.
Impressed mark to the reverse ‘KPM’ (Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur).
The plaque is very finely painted depicting Othello, the Moor of Venice, relating his adventures before Senator Brabantio and his daughter Desdamona. The figures set within a finely painted Renaissance loggia.
German, Circa 1880.
Dimensions of Plaque:
Height: 24.5 cm | 10 inches
Width 31.5 cm | 12 inches
Signed ‘R. Wagner’. Impressed mark to the reverse KPM.
Founded in Berlin in 1750 ‚‘KPM‚’ or ‘Koenigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur’ acquired its name and Royal patronage when the Prussian king, Frederick the Great, purchased the manufactory in 1760.
Its distinguished trademark from then on became the royal blue sceptre, which is stamped (painted prior to 1837) on every piece. All painted pieces produced by KPM are signed by the painter.
The complicated and exacting process of painting on porcelain became very popular in the mid to late nineteenth century. Drawing inspiration from old master portraits and genre scenes, artists were able to achieve incredible images embued with a luminous beauty through the translucent quality of the porcelain.
KPM porcelain represented the height of technical and artistic achievement during this period and large plaques particularly signed examples have become rare and highly sought after.