Parts of a coffee service of the German Emperor William II, Berlin, KPM

Porcelain, partly gilded, polychrome vine leaves decor

KPM (Sceptre mark), mark of the palace of Wilhelm II

At least since the time of King Friedrich-Wilhelm III and his famous consort Luise the type of this service is known. The décor depicts wine leaves referring to Joh. 15.1-5: “I am the grasp vine, you are the grapes”, reminding the Royal/Imperial family of their Christian roots.



  1. Wittwer, Die preußischen Silberkammern, Form und Funktion eines Hofamtes im Dienst königlicher Prachtentfaltung, in: M. Völkel, Kronschatz und Silberkammer der Hohenzollern, Berlin/München 2010, p. 65-68 with fig. 47.