Century Marie Antoinette-Era Porcelain and Ormolu Mounted Ebonised Wood Safe Cabinet. Applied Flowers Late KPM Plaque Putti. Q U A L I T Y.
P O R C E L A I N. D E S I G N 17. Century KPM Plaque For your considerationa rare porcelain and ebonized 17. Century wood wall cabinet safe decorated with figural cherubs, detailed flowers, scrolling decoration and ormolu gilt bronze mounts.
In the center is a 19. Century KPM hand-painted fete galante courtship plaque featuring two couples in costumed ball attire frolicking in the countryside. Central plaque has been removed to reval KPM origin and hallmark as well as artist signature. Cabinet has spool columns decorated with tiny flowers and is framed by green spandrels reminiscent of Herend Hungarian motifs. The verso on plaque reveal the impressed KPM hallmark [Sceptre] KPM H.
Please see additional description notes below. A Superb Decorative Arts Porcelain Furniture! SHELF MAKER French German [Continental] PLAQUE MAKER KPM MEASUREMENTS Height. 21 [53.34 cm] Length. 25.25 [64.14 cm] Width.
9 [22.86 cm] DESCRIPTION NOTES Porcelain furniture is scarce with only a few known examples offered at Christies and Sothebys. This shelf / cabinet has identical structural elements to Marie Antoinettes famous desk located in the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad, India. While at the museum I tried to get Museum help to provide answers to questions (maker, country of origin, exact date) but it was not possible. Many pictures of the shelf were sent to KPM in Berlin for analysis revealing that the original plaque most probably did not survive and a replacement KPM plaque was put in place (see above for hallmark identification).
It was revealed that the cherub heads on the figures were not made by KPM (other KPM figurines have curly hair and fuller faces). Also of note, the artist could not be identified by KPM. CONDITION The porcelain on the shelf has been a complete restoration (Sublime Antique Restoration, Dallas, Tx). A few flower petals still have chippettes but 99% are in EXCELLENT condition. The cabinet is in excellent condition...
Some of the black lacquer on the underneath side of the top has signs of wear. The gold gilt wash on the sides of the supporting walls (the ball shapes ascending) is barely visible. There are four porcelain posts on the top of the shelf which may or may not have had figurines on top... I believe at one time there was a bannister with posts on the top of the shelf but is just speculation....
Only based on the few examples of existing porcelain furniture. Item with packing weighs 18 pounds 2 ounces. The item "ANTIQUE 17th Century PORCELAIN SHELFSAFE withCherubs & Applied Flowers KPM PLAQUE" is in sale since Thursday, May 13, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Sculptures & Figurines".The seller is "fantastiques-for-you" and is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This item can be shipped to United States.