Royal Bavarian Service

The most pioneering design by the Bohemian sculptor Dominikus Auliczek is the service Pearl in the Louis-Seize style that gets its name from a bar of pearls that runs along the borders of the individual items. For the first time in the history of European porcelain, Auliczek based his service on a dodecagon shape – instead of the usual round shape. Adorned with sepia vedute and a lavish blue-and-gold decoration, it was exclusively reserved for the Wittelsbach House as the Royal Bavarian Service until the beginning of the 20th century. In 1918, this legendary service was created for the golden wedding anniversary of King Ludwig III and Maria Theresa as a one-off production with miniature paintings of the most important stages of the royal couple's life. It is still a captivating piece today, thanks to the superbly painted vedute: whether a castle motif, fantasy landscape, or individual miniatures, painted freely by hand, all the vedute bear the hallmarks of the manufactory's master painters.

In the contemporary version, the vedute and elaborate gold staffage of original 18th-century decoration, hand-painted by Nymphenburg specialists, are highlighted by mere suggestions of drawings and vedute that almost fade away. The "quarter decoration" thus emphasises only individual characteristic sections, thereby revealing the beauty that lies in the details.

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