Table

Manufactory: Royal Porcelain Manufactory, Berlin (German, founded 1763)

Designer: Design attributed to Karl Friedrich Schinkel (German, Neuruppin 1781–1841 Berlin)

Decorator: Figural and zodiac decoration by August von Kloeber (1793–1864)

Decorator: Floral decoration by Gottfried Wilhelm Voelker (1772–1849)

Maker: Bronze and metal mounts by Bronzeure Werner und Neffen (Berlin)

Date: ca. 1833–34

Culture: German, Berlin

Medium: Hard-paste porcelain, gilded bronze, and yellow metal; iron and wood as support materials

Dimensions: Overall: 35 1/2 x 31 in. diameter of top (includes frame) (90.2 x 78.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Porcelain

Credit Line: Wrightsman Fund, 2000

Accession Number: 2000.189

Description

This table is described in detail in the privy purse accounts of Friedrich William III of Prussia (1770–1840) as a gift from the king to Grand Duchess Helena Pavlovna of Russia (1806–1873) on June 1, 1835. The salon of her residence, the Mikhail Palace, which now houses the State Russian Museum, was one of the cultural centers of Saint Petersburg. Helena was a vocal advocate for abolishing serfdom, setting a courageous example on her own estates. The table is made entirely of porcelain with the exception of the gilt-metal rim of the top and the triangular base supporting the legs. It is the spectacular result of the new production and color technology that were developed after 1832 at the Berlin Porcelain Manufactory to attract royal patronage.

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