The painter, Max Rossbach, born in 1871 in Leipzig, commenced his studies at the Munich Art Academy at the age of 23. The famous porcelain retailer, F.B. Selle in Leipzig, established the contact with Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg: at the beginning of 1899, the porcelain maker was looking for a designer to create a modern service to be completed on time for the world exhibition in Paris the following year. On the recommendation from Leipzig, Max Rossbach designed the MODERN shape for Nymphenburg. The matching food service was presented and celebrated in Paris. The service today is regarded as one of Nymphenburg's art nouveau icons. In 1902, Rossbach replaced the tureen in this service with the oval and more elegant MODERN S bowl design. He then left Nymphenburg to dedicate himself exclusively to painting.
With a plant decoration by Hermann Gradl, the MODERN form – today known under the name of GINGKO – remains one of the most popular services by Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg.