At the beginning of the 20th century, Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg acquired an international reputation for the production of its animal figures. Nymphenburg defined its unmistakable style through such artists as Theodor Kärner, Josef Wackerle, August Göhring and Luise Terletzki-Scherf: "There had been many porcelain animals before, but those from Nymphenburg were different. And this unique character which demonstrates great trueness to nature and a most assured feeling for balanced style is underlined by a highly sophisticated magnificence of colour which seeks its equal on hard porcelain" (Jaffé 1914, p. 254-25).
The technique of underglaze painting where the colours are applied by brush or airspray in thin layers to the unglazed porcelain before the second firing is, thanks to its gentle and understated shades and flowing transitions, highly suited for reproducing animal fur and feathers. Such a wide and finely structured range of colour pigments which are sufficiently heat resistant for use in underglaze painting can only be found at Nymphenburg. The manufactory's repertoire of shapes today includes around 700 animal figures.
The Manufactory’s current collection features 20 different versions of arguably the most famous symbol of Bavaria alone.
It would appear that mankind has gradually succeeded in turning the most dangerous animals on this planet into the most endangered ones. Not, however, at Nymphenburg.
Animal models designed by major artists such as Theodor Kärner and Wilhelm Neuhäuser.
What would art be without Dürer’s hares? And what would it be without the magnificent specimens of the Nymphenburg porcelain manufactory?
Four-legged friend with specific design of the various types and breeds.
For his FLOWERS OF LIVE, Sebastian Menschhorn chose depictions of wild domestic and exotic animals from Nymphenburg's back catalogue and adorned them with monochrome floral patterns.
One of the biggest stars of the manufactory? Measures just eight centimetres!
The creation of representations of animal figures is often preceded by months, if not years, of intensive study.
Live models as well as illustrations and paintings as templates for true-to-nature portraits of tigers, leopards and elephants.
Being immortalised in porcelain by the artists of the manufactory is a great honour for cockerels, cows, and kangaroos as well
The more than 40 centimetre high peacock counts as one of the most familiar and outstanding animal figures produced by Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg.
The stars of the circus ring are bursting with imagination and colour.
Theodor Kärner was particularly good at birds and so most of the avian objects produced today are a result of his work.
More than 15.000 colour recipes repose in the manufactory laboratory. Including each of these mysterious underwater dwellers.
If you look at the silky fur of foxes and deer, you’ll understand straight away why Nymphenburg animal figures have become so famous.
From the treasure of historic shapes containing around 700 animal figures at the manufactory, Jongerius selected eight designs and placed them in simple bowls.