Krister Porcelain Antique Cabinet Plate - Germany, 1904-1920
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Krister Porcelain (Krister Porzellan-Manufaktur) was established in Waldenburg, Germany by Carl Franz Krister in 1831. The Royal Porcelain Factory---Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (KPM)---in Berlin, one of the oldest ones in Europe, was already famous for their fine porcelain. Carl Krister wanted to be successful, so he chose to also use the KPM letters in his mark. His porcelain, however, succeeded on its own merits, being of exceptionally good quality. Krister porcelain was exported to North America and across Europe starting in 1849 and won medals at exhibitions in Wroclaw (1852) and Paris (1867). When Carl Krister died, the firm was one of the largest owned and operated by one person. The company fell to his heirs and in 1920, it became a joint stock company, Krister Porzellan-Manufaktur A.G.
This pretty plate was made in the years after the turn of the twentieth century, between 1904 and 1920, when they used the green mark stamped on the underside. The letters KPM are topped with a simple curved line with two short slashes. The dished plate has a narrow gilt line at the rim, bordered with a band of pale violet. The center of the plate was left plain, to show off the pure white porcelain. It's surrounded with clusters of beautifully hand painted violets and their green foliage, with shadings of blue and violet accents.
The plate measures 8 1/4 inches in diameter, stands about 1 inch high at the rim and weighs 11 ounces. It's in excellent condition,having obviously been a cabinet plate since it was made. In the language of flowers, the gift of purple violets means that the giver was thinking with love about the recipient. We think that makes this lovely plate the perfect gift for someone you care about, including yourself.