A rare and unusual Berlin porcelain figural jardinière with triton and Nereid

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Lot 3214
A rare and unusual Berlin porcelain figural jardinière with triton and Nereid

Sold for US$ 31,725 inc. premium
A rare and unusual Berlin porcelain figural jardinière with triton and Nereid
Modeled by Emmanuel Schmutzer
Number 5766, introduced May 1898

The half man half fish creature depicted with lecherous gaze and strong limbs crawling through briny swells to capture a retreating sea nymph, her voluptuous body turned away from the approaching suitor on the opposite edge of the eddy, underglaze blue scepter, brown painted cipher TH. D. 221., incised Q. XIII.2. over 5766, impressed P.
Height 12½in (32cm); length 27½in (70cm); width 21in (53cm)

Footnotes

  • This model was shown at the 1900 Paris World Exhibition.

    Emmanuel Schmutzer created the model for the jardinière at KPM in 1898. A group of similar porcelains inspired by French Art Nouveau ceramics, were modeled by fellow KPM artists Albert Klein, Martin Fritzsche, Max Schröder and Franz Metzner, and shown at the 1900 Paris World Exhibition. These Berlin avante garde porcelains were discussed by Philipp Vockerat in a magazine "Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration", Vol.6/1900, p.478-482, illustrated p.485. He remarks on the hybrid ceramic body that was developed to work with the unique glazes. Vockerat effused compliments likening the glazes to Eisblumenbouquets (ice crystal bouquets), looking again he sees a mound of glittering diamonds, and again crystalline streams comparable to the Milky Way.

    The number 5766 is the model number, the other numbers XIII and the cipher Th.D is a mystery. A similar piece in the collection of the Prussian Palaces has the Th.D. cipher and different model number, but there was no modeler, glaze specialist or painter recorded at KPM with these initials.

    This piece is illustrated by Irene von Treskow, "Die Jugenstilporzellane der KPM", Prestel ed., Munich 1971, KatNr. 18, p.141.

    Literature:
    "Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration", Vol.6/1900, p.485ff
    Irene von Treskow, "Die Jugenstilporzellane der KPM", Prestel ed., Munich 1971, KatNr. 18, p.141.

    We wish to thank Dr. Samuel Wittwer, curator of the ceramic collections and KPM archives, Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg, for his help in cataloguing this lot.
A rare and unusual Berlin porcelain figural jardinière with triton and Nereid
A rare and unusual Berlin porcelain figural jardinière with triton and Nereid
A rare and unusual Berlin porcelain figural jardinière with triton and Nereid
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