Dating meissen marks
The German state began running the company in 1918, upholding its traditions and overseeing the production of contemporary wares and figurines.
In 2006, Berlin banker Jorg Woltmann assumed full control of KPM as its sole shareholder, effectively privatizing the historic company.
When the manufactory’s production increased around 1780, the mark became more and more sloppy.” But, Gilgenmann points out, with a trained eye, a reproduction is easy to spot.
“Believe me, I’ve never seen a really good fake mark before.
This sounds simple enough and applies to most porcelain antiques & collectibles found in the market today.
However, there are groups of porcelain marks that are identified based on the location of the maker rather than the actual company, which can be confusing.
In contrast to Rococo, Neoclassical, and Art Nouveau pieces, Bauhaus porcelain appears pared down and minimalist.
This allowed KPM artists to create innovative works using new glazes and colors.
These technological developments coincided with the emerging Art Nouveau (“New Art”) style, which prized handmade artisanship and organic yet luxurious forms.
From the company’s founding in 1763, the company has used a number of key markings and symbols on the bottom of a porcelain piece.
Today, these markings help specialists identify specific periods within the company’s history.
For example, a piece made in Berlin in the 1980s might have the following mark: “ROYAL PORZELLAN KPM GERMANY.” When it comes to determining whether or not a piece is authentic KPM porcelain, Gilgenmann recommends that collectors consult with a specialist. “One should think that the KPM mark is easy to forge, because like in 1763, the year it was founded, it only shows the scepter of Frederick II.