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Kassel Coffee Pot

This is a supremely rare Coffee Pot made by Kassel of Germany in about 1773. Kassel is probably the shortest maker in existence back then. They started as a faience factory around 1680 and made porcelain from 1766-1788. It is said they did not reach the artistic level of the other factories but they sure made some nice things. The arcanist Nicholaus Paul came from Fulda as did the repairer Franz Joachim Hess. Their chief modeller was J.G. Pahland and the repairer Friedrich Kuenckler both came from Fuerstenberg. It is said that all pieces of Kassel porcelain (about 200 known in the world) are accounted for but this piece is certainly made by them and my father discovered it just recently. The coffee pot is nicely decorated with a ribbed design and handpainted with a blue strawflower design underglaze. The handle is typical for Kassel as is the spout. It is marked underneath with the underglaze blue lion mark which by itself could be Frankenthal but in combination with the incised marks is obviously made by Kassel. It also has an incised 88S which is the number for the porcelain compound as well as an incised letter D. The pot is in superb condition with a tiny chip to the top rim and the front of the spout. Sadly the lid is missing but that seems to be common for even the pieces in museums. Just a nice piece from an extemely rare maker! A once in a lifetime opportunity to learn and look at it. Please email me for more information or photos.

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