Founded in 1820 by C.S. Rausch, the first KPM Factory in the town of Waldenburg Germany was known as The Krister, Porzellan, Manufaktar Company. In 1831 a factory employee Carl Franz purchased the factory and changed the original spectrum to this blue KPM mark with a vertical bar. In 1844 by court order of Berlin Carl was forced once again to change the mark. Carl was very successful and the quality of his porcelain was exceptional and collected by wealthy clients around the world. In 1867 Carl was awarded medals in the Paris Exhibition. A life time achievement rewarded but sadly followed by his death in the same year. The Company was then purchased by the Haenschke family. This beautiful hand painted still life in rich jewel tone colors with a bounty of fruits, flowers and nuts is accented with a gold gilt trim. This divided kidney shaped porcelain basket measures 12" long and 9" wide. The brown marks on the underside are known as bake scars and happened in the firing of the piece. But apparently it was still an acceptable piece and finished off to sell. Aside from the baking scars it is in fantastic condition for a 170-year-old piece of KPM porcelain. The colors are rich and bright and without cracks, chips or crazing.
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