ROYAL PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY

Berlin 1763 - 1918 Berlin
In Berlin, the residence of the Hohenzollern, the merchant Wilhelm Kaspar Wegely founded the city’s first porcelain manufactory in 1751 when the Prussian king, Friedrich II granted him a licence. Wegely’s determination to surpass the quality produced at the Meissen factory and at lower prices was an additional incentive for the king.

Wegely recruited the sculptor and porcelain modeller Ernst Heinrich Reichard, along with the painters Isaak Jakob Clauce and Friedrich Roth to his business.

When King Friedrich II occupied Saxony at the beginning of the Seven Years War (1756–1763), he also seized the Meissen porcelain factory. Meissen then became a deadly competitor for Wegely, as the King was no longer interested in a second porcelain factory. Wegely thus decided to wind up his operation in 1757.

The tradition of the manufactory was re-established from 1761 to 1763 by the Berlin entrepreneur Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky (1710–1775). His factory finally became the Königliche Porzellanmanufaktur (KPM) Berlin in 1763. It was renamed Staatliche Porzellan Manufaktur Berlin after World War I. Today, it still retains its internationally renowned name KPM.
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