Tavous

Underglaze painting developed to perfection

The more than 40 centimetre high peacock, which the sculptor Theodor Kärner already created at the age of 21, today counts as one of the most familiar and outstanding animal figures produced by Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. Its elegant shape is realised by underglaze painting that was already developed to perfection at the beginning of the 20th century. In this technique, the paint is applied by brush or airbrush immediately after mild firing but before the porcelain is immersed in the glaze. Following firing, the resulting layers of colour are transparent and possess the most attractive gradations. The wealth of colours in the TAVOUS peacock's display is reflected in the understated shades, which are typical for this method of painting. Like no other, Theodor Kärner has been able to "restrain the naturalism of the form to the extent that it doesn't distract from the stylised colourful decoration."*

*Otto Pelka, Keramik der Neuzeit, Leipzig 1924.

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