Wolfgang von Wersin

Born in Prague in 1882, Wolfgang von Wersin concluded his architectural studies with an intermediate diploma in Munich at the age of 21 years. In Munich, he attended the "Lehr und Versuchs-Atelier für angewandte und freie Kunst" ("Teaching and Experimental Atelier for Applied and Free Art"), a reform-oriented art school, which intended to bring applied and visual arts together. From 1912, he also designed for the Deutsche Werkstätten AG and within a very short time achieved great recognition for his furniture, fabric, wallpaper and ceramic designs as well as for his exhibition architecture. In 1929, he assumed the directorship of the Neue Sammlung established in Munich in 1925, the department for artisan art at the National Museum – and remained there until his illegal dismissal by the national socialists in 1934.

Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg owes some of its most important service designs to this architect and designer and worked with him into the 1960s. As a proponent of "New Objectivity", he was commissioned, in 1928, by the municipality of Munich to create a new table service to be produced at Nymphenburg. In 1932, he designed three services exclusively for Nymphenburg: ADONIS, HELIOS and LOTOS – which helped the manufactory to new acclaim and to this day count amongst the most beautiful and important services ever designed for Nymphenburg.

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