For centuries, the porcelain trade has been a high-quality handicraft item in Germany, which is particularly appreciated for the often elaborate paintings of houses such as the Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Berlin. Now, KPM Berlin submitted an application for recognition of the painting trade as an intangible cultural heritage. This was officially recognized by the Expert Committee of the German Commission for UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage today.
KPM Berlin currently employs 30 painters with defined specializations. Characteristic of the artistic reputation of the KPM Berlin are the naturalistic flower paintings. These are hand-painted as well as Watteau scenes, landscapes, figures and buildings, which requires great artistic skill and years of experience. Through the free interpretation of the original by the painter, each KPM porcelain becomes a unique one. The traditional decora - tion and gilding of 24 karat gold also belong to the repertoire of the manufactory. Since 1832 the hand-painting with the Reichsapfel has been marked as an exclusive painter's mark and the handwritten signature of the painter, whereby each piece can be traced back to his painter.
The inclusion of craftsmanship as an intangible cultural heritage is intended to strengthen the awareness of the importance of cultural goods and to make the diversity of cultural expression forms visible to Germany in the long term. "We are honored to be part of the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage," says Jörg Woltmann, general director of the Royal Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin.