The catalogue of the inaugural exhibition of the Bard Graduate Center, Along the Royal Road, presents the topographical porcelain produced in the post-Napoleonic heyday of the Royal Prussian Porcelain Manufactory (KPM). Architecture, landscape design and the decorative arts were closely aligned during this period of European royal porcelain history. Great technical strides were made by the Berlin manufactory particularly in their range of colors, at the same time as a school of topographical imagery specialists formed, most notably Carl Daniel Freydanck. The changing urban landscape of Berlin and Potsdam resulting from the collaboration of the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and the landscape designer Peter Joseph Lenné, provided inspiration to the KPM topographical painters. The new vision of the landscape was quickly disseminated through the escalation of diplomatic gifts of KPM porcelain ranging from large banquet services to porcelain eggs distributed after Easter each year.

Table of Contents

Susan Weber

Introduction: The Royal Road
Jurgen Julier

The Cultural Landscape of Berlin
Theodore Ziolkowski

Romantic Gardens in Potsdam
Clemens Alexander Wimmer and Kimerly Rorschach

The Origins of the Royal Porcelain Manufactory
Winfried Baer

Veduta Painting on Porcelain in the Eighteenth- Century
Winfried Baer

Veduta Painting at the Royal Porcelain Factory Berlin (KPM) after 1786
Winfried Baer

The Pinnacle of Achievement: Veduta Painting on Porcelain at the Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin (KPM). 1832-1848
Isle Baer

Diplomatic Gifts of Porcelain: Objects of Prestige
Guy Walton

Catalogue of the Exhibition
Derek E. Ostergard and Marlise Hoff

Checklist of the Exhibition