• Berlin KPM porcelain coffee can
  • Sepia decoration on Berlin porcelain coffee can
  • vermiculé decoration on Berlin porcelain coffee can
  • sceptre mark on Berlin porcelain coffee can
  • handle on Berlin porcelain coffee can

A KPM Berlin porcelain Coffee Can painted in sepia tones, circa 1790

The shape and decoration of this KPM Berlin porcelain coffee can is very much in the Neoclassical manner. Finely painted in sepia tones with a classical maiden at an altar, within a gilt-edged oval reserve, the blue-ground is decorated with a gilt vermiculé pattern. Gilt line rims. The square handle is edged with gilt, as are the decorative handle terminals. 

Sceptre mark in underglaze blue, impressed numerals.

The Royal Porcelain Factory, Berlin, was founded in 1763 by Frederick the Great. He gave the manufactory its name – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (KPM) – and allowed it to use the royal sceptre as its mark.

Condition: No chips, cracks or restoration. The sepia painting is particularly fine. There is some wear to the gilt vermiculé pattern either side of the oval reserve from use, and a minute loss to the gilding on the rim. There is a tiny patch of staining to the inside of the foot rim.

Dimensions: Height 6.5 cm