Friedrich Wilhelm von Gärtner
Friedrich Wilhelm von Gärtner, born in December 1791 in Koblenz, after studying architecture at the art academies in Munich and Paris, quickly became one of the most important architects in the Kingdom of Bavaria under Ludwig I. With his classicistic style, he shaped the cityscape of Munich like no other: He built the Ludwig Church. In addition, buildings such as today's Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the university building, the Feldherrenhalle and the Siegestor were built under his direction. In 1822, King Max I Joseph appointed the 31-year-old architecture professor as artistic director of the manufactory - a surprising and at the same time accurate choice. The magnificent vase, which he designed for the king’s 66th birthday was Gärtner's first work for the manufactory and received extensive success.