The Papal Tazza by KPM

  • This incredible KPM tazza was commissioned by King Friedrich Wilhelm III for Pope Pius VII
  • The mate to this tazza is on display at Charlottenburg Castle in Berlin
  • The tazza commemorates the end of the Wars of Liberation, detailed with the Kreuzeberg Monuement
  • This "peace dish" is hand-painted with the Monument surrounded by an intricate bouquet of flowers
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Item No. 30-4105

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Created for Pope Pius VII by the special order of King Friedrich Wilhelm III as a symbol of peace and friendship, this incredible, monumentally sized porcelain tazza was crafted by KPM (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur). After the successful Concordat of 1821 and the Congress of Verona in 1822, the King ordered two similar tazze to be made especially for the pontiff. The mate to our tazza is currently displayed at Charlottenburg Castle in Berlin. Commissioned by the King of Prussia as a personal gift to the Pope, and created by one of the greatest names in porcelain, this gorgeous tazza is not only an awe-inspiring work of art, but also one of the most significant Papal artifacts to ever come on the market.

Without question, the richness and intricacy of the craftsmanship displayed in this tazza is indicative of objects made for the Pope. According to KPM records, each “peace dish” was modeled by Johann Gottfried Schadow and painted by Johann Carl Friedrich Riese to commemorate the end of two wars that took a tremendous toll on Prussia. The present tazza is detailed with Berlin’s Kreuzberg Liberation Monument in remembrance of the end of the Wars of Liberation (1813-1815), while the mate in Berlin commemorates the end of the Seven Years War (1756-1763), depicting the Neues Palais in Potsdam.

Unfortunately, the King’s gift was never delivered to the Vatican, since Pope Pius VII died in 1823 before the gift was completed. The pair of tazze were then officially acquired by the Prussian Palaces. Measuring nearly two feet in diameter, this remarkable tazza features the intricate topographical view of the Monument, surrounded by a bouquet of the most realistically rendered spring flowers of diverse colors and varieties, while borders of majestic gilt relief encircle the meticulously hand-painted motifs. Marked by a fascinating provenance and exhibiting majestic workmanship, this tazza is an exceptional and historically significant work of art. 

This important porcelain tazza was once part of the famed Twininght Collection of Royal Porcelain, New York. 

Circa 1823

20 1/2" diameter x 13 3/4" high
This remarkable KPM porcelain tazza was made for Pope Pius VII
Maker: KPM
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Germany
Type: Decorative Wares
Diameter: 20.5 Inches
Height: 13.75 Inches

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