A Large Berlin KPM Porcelain Plaque - "The Dancing Lesson of Our Grandmother"
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"The Dancing Lesson of Our Grandmother" (The Dance Lesson). Considered by collectors and dealers to be one of the best and most desirable K.P.M plaques ever produced, this magnificent finely painted plaque depicts a ballroom interior scene with a fiddler and a young woman dancing together before a group of fashionable ladies.
Impressed monogram KPM and sceptre mark, W and 485 290
Late 19th century.
Width: 30.7" (76 cm)
Height: 22.7" (57 cm)
Width: 19" (48 cm)
Height: 11.3" (29 cm)
The Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin (German: Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin) (KPM) was founded in 1763 by Frederick II of Prussia (Frederick the Great). Its actual origins, however, lie in three private enterprises, which, under crown patronage, were trying to establish the production of "white gold" (i.e. porcelain) in Berlin from the mid-18th century onwards
Although it produced a variety of decorative and table wares, Berlin Porcelain is best known for its manufacture of decorative porcelain plaques, which were popular among the buying public from around 1840
Square, ovoid and rectangular “blanks” were sold to independent decorators, who would paint scenes from famous paintings onto their surfaces. From around 1870, exotic scenes, scantily clad characters from ancient Classical myths and sentimental religious tableaus also became popular. Since decorative plaques were in high demand, they were produced in varying quality by a number of different factories. Berlin Porcelain plaques are considered of higher quality than most