Faux Micromosaic and Pietre Dure Porcelain Cup and Saucer by KPM

  • This rare KPM porcelain cup and saucer exhibits painstaking precision and artistry
  • The pair is adorned by a hand painted faux micromosaic motif of intricate detail
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Item No. 30-4107

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Painstaking precision was necessary for the execution of the incredible hand painting seen on this elegant KPM porcelain cup and saucer. The technique was created to resemble ancient Roman micromosaics and Florentine pietre dure with amazing results. Upon first glance, the workmanship is so flawless that it is nearly impossible to detect the motif is actually painted upon the porcelain. 

Faux micromosaic and pietre dure techniques were an invention of the KPM artisans, who sought to satisfy their patron’s desires for distinctive and innovative designs. Other firms, specifically the imperial porcelain works in Vienna and St. Petersburg emulated this style for a brief time. This cup and saucer are formed in a dynamic octagonal shape, hand painted with the dominant hues of vibrant red and gold. The micromosaic decoration takes the form of songbirds, while the pietre dure panels resemble Roman vases and butterflies–all of which display an amazing level of detail.

This cup and saucer was once part of the world-renowned Twinight Collection of Royal Porcelain and displayed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and featured in Refinement & Elegance: Early 19th-Century Royal Porcelain from the Twinight Collection.

Circa 1815

Cup: 2 3/4" high x 2 3/4" wide x 3 1/2" deep
Saucer: 4" high x 4" wide x 1" deep
Faux Micromosaic and Pietre Dure Porcelain Cup and Saucer by KPM
Maker: KPM
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Prussia
Type: Tea & Coffee Pots/Services

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