The painter Max Rossbach, born in Leipzig in 1871, began studying at the Munich Art Academy at the age of 23. The renowned porcelain dealer FB Selle of Leipzig established contact to Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg: At the beginning of 1899, the porcelain manufactory was looking for a designer for a modern dinnerware pattern that should be ready in time for the Paris World Exhibition the following year. On the recommendation of Selle, Max Rossbach designed the shape MODERN for Nymphenburg. The associated dining service was presented and celebrated in Paris. It is now one of the icons of Nymphenburg Art Nouveau. In 1902 Rossbach replaced the terrine of this service with the oval and more elegant rounded shape MODERN S. He then left the factory in order to recommence his full devotion to painting.