An exceptional lidded sugar box in fine white porcelain by the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur of Berlin, better known by its initials, KPM. It is a heavily molded piece in the Neoclassical style, with fluted panels along the top and bottom reminiscent of the engine pioneered in England in the 18th century. Around the middle are a garland of swags and two oval medallions.
Based on the quality of the workmanship and the unevenness of the glaze on the bottom, I am certain this piece dates to the 19th century, but I'm not sure which end. KPM's minimal marking makes their work difficult to date exactly, and the Neoclassical style was popular in both the very early and very late 1800s.
Size: 5" tall and 6" in diameter.
Condition: fine, no wear or damage.
Mark: cobalt blue sceptre mark on the bottom.
Item ID: 3956