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18th-Century KPM Porcelain Tea Service

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The captivating KPM porcelain tête-à-tête tea service boasts an elegant, classical design

Key Features

  • This classically elegant KPM tête-à-tête tea service is comprised of the finest German porcelain
  • This rare service boasts a sublime Greco-Roman motif painted en grisaille
  • Held in their original fitted case, each piece bears the KPM sceptre mark in blue underglaze
  • Circa 1790
  • Tray: 12 3/4 length; Case: 15 wide x 12 deep x 8 ½ high

Item Details

  • Width:
    15 Inches
  • Height:
    8 1/2 Inches
  • Depth:
    12 Inches
  • Period:
    18th Century
  • Origin:
    Germany/Prussia
A beautiful 18th-century porcelain tête-à-tête tea service by the renowned KPM, the Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Berlin, Germany. Crafted of the finest German porcelain, this delicate and intimate set is fashioned in a classical design, with Greco-Roman handles and gilt accents. Figures and symbols from classical antiquity are painted en grisaille, evoking a highly desirable sculptural quality found in Neoclassical art. The set, comprised of coffee and tea pots, a sugar bowl and milk jug, two cups and saucers, and an oval serving tray, is perfect for an elegant tea while traveling or for a luxurious picnic. All pieces rest snugly in a marvelous two-tier leather carrying case lined with green silk, and each piece bears the KPM sceptre mark in blue underglaze. An exceptional and rare find.

Circa 1790

Tray: 12 3/4" length
Case: 15" wide x 12" deep x 8 ½" high

Tête-à-tête tea services are the rarest of the form. While most tea drinking has primarily been a social activity in Europe since the 18th century, the tête-à-tête service was meant for the very personal service of tea with only one other companion, with all the accompanying personal intimacies.

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