The blue peacock, one of the oldest ornamental birds, looks unique, like he just strutted out of paradise. In ancient Greece, the peacock was the animal symbol of the goddess Hera. According to Greek mythology, she placed the eye of the peacock on its feathers in order to symbolise the omniscience and wisdom of the gods.
The Nymphenburg Peacock rightly numbers among the most famous works of Theodor Kärner, who designed it in 1906 when he was only 21 years old. The animal’s long train of a tail offers the underglaze painters, who are at the highest technical level of skill, to show off their skill through the naturalistic reproduction of the play of colours in real peacock feathers. The paint is applied with a brush or air brush immediately after bisque firing and before the porcelain is dipped in the glaze. After firing the layers of glaze are transparent and yield the most spectacular gradations of colour, which lend it a highly naturalistic effect.
Theodor Kärner, 1906
Hand painted, underglaze