BEAUTY ON A PLATE

Lancashire Life - - ANTIQUES -

The Königliche Porzel­lan-man­u­fak­tur – bet­ter and more eas­ily known as KPM in col­lect­ing cir­cles – was founded in Ber­lin in 1763 by Fred­er­ick the Great.

He is best known for nearly bankrupt­ing Germany be­cause he couldn’t stop buy­ing fine porce­lain from China and lock­ing up al­chemist Jo­hann Friedrich Böttger un­til he turned base metal into gold.

For­tu­nately for both, Böttger dis­cov­ered China’s se­cret and, al­though dis­puted by some, he is cred­ited as be­ing the first Euro­pean to begin mak­ing hard pasteporce­lain. KPM continues to­day but col­lec­tors de­light in the factory’s porce­lain plaques like this, ti­tled ‘Two Beau­ties’ af­ter a paint­ing by Edouard Bis­son (1856-1935).

The skill re­quired to re­pro­duce colours so suc­cess­fully, each one re­quir­ing a sep­a­rate fir­ing, is as­ton­ish­ing. The plaque sold for £1,600 at Ger­rards’ auc­tion rooms in Lytham St Annes.

Ger­rards plaque

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