Moulding shop

All pieces that cannot be shaped on the potter's wheel are cast by hand. To this end, the so-called "slip", the liquefied porcelain paste, is filled in plaster moulds, which may be used up to 15 times. These moulds, which are frequently built up from many "wedges", extract the water from the slip during the casting process and thus compress it to create the porcelain. Many Nymphenburg sets and figures are made up of many individual pieces – some groups of figures comprise up to 100 complicated objects – the Frankenthaler chandelier, for instance, even contains 20,000 separate pieces. These are cast individually, dried and carefully assembled in the modelling shop on the basis of original models. This is also where leaves and flowers, garlands and thorns are formed by hand and applied individually with a scalpel to hedges, trees, crucifixes and tureens. The knowledge of how many separate pieces need to be produced to create a figure has been passed down without interruption at Nymphenburg since the 18th century. Such production requires careful hands that are able to assemble the individual pieces through a skilled balance of pressure and gentleness.

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The Nymphenburg Movie

A unique visual tour through the Nymphenburg ateliers.

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Water power

Even today, all mechanical equipment at the listed and protected buildings of Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg is powered by the water which runs from the estate's stream – just as it was in the 18th century.

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Paste mill

The production of the correct mix of kaolin, feldspar and quartz is an art that Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg has refined over its 260 years.

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Turning shop

All round parts – plates, bowls, vases – are made by hand on potter's wheels and, not as in other companies, on roller machines.

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Model shop

The model shop lies at the heart of Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. This is where the plaster moulds for casting and drying all porcelain parts that are not round are made.

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Model & mould archive

More than 30,000 shapes are stored at Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg's model and mould archive.

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Moulding shop

All pieces that cannot be shaped on the potter's wheel are cast by hand. To this end, the so-called "slip", the liquefied porcelain paste, is filled in plaster moulds, which may be used up to 15 times.

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Luting shop

Many figures and objects by Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg that are made up of many parts are given their final shape at the luting shop.

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Paint laboratory

Nymphenburg's paints are famous for their brilliance, purity and rich variety of shades.

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Kiln

In the production of high-quality Nymphenburg porcelain, the process of firing is at least just as important as the balanced composition of the basic materials.

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Painting

The designs are Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg's signature. Hardly any other manufactory has such a wealth of motifs and opulence in its range.

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Underglaze painting

The technique is still employed to the highest perfection by Nymphenburg's masters to decorate many animal sculptures and figures.

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Gilding

The gilded areas and platinum ornamentations are dull and lacklustre when they leave the kiln and so must subsequently be buffed up with the help of agate and haematite.

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Majolica

Nymphenburg majolica is unique in the world. Nymphenburg has been producing majolica figures and tiles by hand using traditional methods for around 160 years.