The architect and painter Josef Hillerbrand, born in Bad Tölz in 1892, was a representative of the German Art Deco style. After training as a craftsman, he attended the arts and crafts school in Munich. The well-known Art Nouveau artist Richard Riemerschmid, who was head of the arts and crafts school at the time, appointed Hillerbrand to teach the decorative painting class in 1922. When Deutsche Werkstätten AG was looking for a designer for its new porcelain service in 1927, the choice fell and Hillerbrand was selected. A coffee and tea service followed later (NO. 1122/23) for Nymphenburg. Its taut teardrop shape and the artistically stylized painting make it a sought-after classic of German Art Deco today.