KPM, 40-Piece Dining Service ‘Breslauer Stadtschloss‘, 20th C.

Item no. 144355-1
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    • Porcelain, polychrome and gold painting
    • Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (KPM), established in 1763; 20th century
    • Model: Friedrich Elias Meyer, d. Ä. (ca. 1723-1785), 1767
    • Underglaze blue scepter mark, red imperial orb, partially date letters and painter’s signets as well as further impressed marks
    • 40-piece dining and coffee service
    • Form: Neuglatt
    • Décor: Breslauer Stadtschloss
    • The service ‘Breslauer Stadtschloss ‘ is considered one of Germany's most beautiful rococo services and is still produced today
    • This object is sold through our Berlin office
    Checked by the Art Loss Register
  • Additional Information & Condition

    Additional Information & Condition

    In October 1767, the most famous KPM service was ordered by the Frederick the Great: ‘mit vergoldeten antiquen Zieraten u. blauem Mosaique, gemahlt mit natürlichen Blumen und Guirlanden’ – the Breslauer Stadtschloss Service. On white glazed ground, a composition of freely scattered, picturesque flowers with natural coloring. Symmetrically arranged, swinging garlands adorn the four blue mosaic fields.

    The 40-piece service is suitable for 6 people and comprises following pieces:

    1 coffee pot; height: 23,5 cm

    1 tea pot; height: 17,4 cm

    1 sugar bowl

    1 creamer

    1 sauce boat

    6 cups including matching saucers

    2 oval serving dishes, various sizes

    1 circular serving plate; Ø: 31.7 cm

    2 curved bowls, various sizes

    6 starter plates; Ø: 20.6 cm

    6 soup bowls including 6 matching saucers

    6 dinner plates; Ø: 25.8 cm

    6 dessert plates; Ø:18.5 cm


    Cf. Erich Köllmann and Margarete Jarchow, Berliner Porzellan, Munich 1987, vol. II, p. 438, ill. 266.


    The service is in very good condition with barely any signs of age and wear.

    Friedrich Elias Meyer, the Elder (circa 1723-1785)

    Born as the son of the sculptor Matthias Meyer in Erfurt, Friedrich Elias first trained with the court sculptor Michael Grünbeck in Gotha. In 1741, he began working as a court sculptor for Henry I of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen. After that he went to the Court Wettin in Weimar. Two study trips financed by Ernst August I. took him to Berlin and Dresden. In 1746/47, he was involved in the furnishings of the new Dresden's Baroque castle. In 1748, Meyer went to the porcelain factory in Meissen, being in charge of the design and model development. In 1761, he changed to the KPM in Berlin; there he worked as a model master along with his brother Wilhelm Christian. Among other models, Meyer designed the forms ‘Reliefzierat’, ‘Neuzierat’, ‘Antikzierat’ and ‘Neuosier’ for the dinner and dessert services commissioned by Frederick I. In 1782, he was appointed professor to the Preussische Akademie der Künste und mechanischen Wissenschaften.

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