Berlin: NP, [ca. 1910]. First edition. Softcover. Quarto. Textured beige cardboard portfolio, with black lettering on the front cover. Six leporello-style folded leaves, each containing four b/w silver gelatin photographs. A total of 24 mounted and numbered prints displaying porcelain figurines (mainly of children and women), presented as a visual catalog from the Royal Porcelain Factory, in Berlin. Each image measures 3 1/2x 2 1/4". A handwritten note in German in orange ink at the top of the first leaf states "only the following are executed: No. 4,5,6,13,19." Among the images are a woman with a tennis racket, children on snow sleds, and a father with child.
Originally founded in 1763, from the consolidation of several previous manufacturing companies, together under the ownership of King Frederick II of Prussia, the Royal Porcelain Manufactory (KPM), went on to become among the most highly regarded porcelain manufacturers in Europe. It is still in operation up until the present day, and throughout the manufactory's history, it has employed many of the leading artists in the medium, and has progresses through many artistic styles and eras including, Rococo, Classicism, Art Nouvuea, and Modernism.
Portfolio with some light rubbing, age toning, and minor chipping to extremities, including the spine. A few light stains and ink markings on the front cover. Sporadic light creasing to the interior leaves. All images clean and vibrant. Portfolio in good, interior in very good condition overall. Scarce. g to vg. Item #47163