Airedale Terrier

£485.00

Nymphenburg – “After his first great success at designing porcelain dog figures, Konrad Schmid then went on to develop animal models directly with English breeders. Nymphenburg creates some of these models in two sizes. In August 1929, Schmid went to London for the first time and spent nearly seven months travelling from breeder to breeder in order to develop true-to-nature models. The posture of later figures of foxhounds, setters, pointers, and many kinds of terriers – whether standing, sitting, or lying down – always depended heavily on the disposition of the four-legged creatures. The artist painted watercolour sketches on the plaster models sent to Nymphenburg in order to accurately capture the natural nuances of the fur.”

Airedale Terrier ; Model # 683 / ll ; Konrad Schmid 1929

Listed in ” Nymphenburger Moderne ” Minerva edition

Underglaze hand painted

Impressed shield to base with incised numbers 683 3 and faint KS

Artist signature RB; Robert Bock considered the best artist at Nymphenburg and collected worldwide.

Stands 19.5 cm high 

Condition : Excellent, no damages to the porcelain, checked with UV light.

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Description

History of the Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory

The porcelain manufacture Nymphenburg has been handcrafting finest porcelain for 260 years. Porcelain services, figures and objects of the greatest quality and purity have been produced at just this one location in the world – the Nördliches Schlossrondell in Nymphenburg – since the 18th century.

The company achieved world renown with Franz Anton Bustelli from Ticino, who as the model master assumed the artistic directorship at the company from 1754. His rococo designs, and particularly his main body of work – the 16 figures from the Commedia dell’Arte – count undisputedly among the most artistic pieces of his time. 

In the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, it was such people as Friedrich von Gärtner, Adelbert Niemeyer, Josef Wackerle and Wolfgang von Wersin who continued to promote the factory’s fine reputation even through financially difficult times. 

Since its founding Nymphenburg has counted the international high aristocracy as well as embassies, churches and palaces in Germany and other countries among its customers. Its products have received many prizes and may be admired in the world’s major design collections, e.g. the MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Fondation Nationale in Paris, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and the Neue Sammlung at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

As one of the last, Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg still produces each individual item by hand. A fact that is appreciated by experts and collectors alike.

Konrad Schmid 1904-1931.

Thanks to Konrad Schmid’s animal figurines, Nymphenburg Porcelain became famous within a very short space of time while he was still alive. This was not least thanks to its true-to-life portrayal of the various breeds. Be it fox terrier or bulldog, Schmid always did his research at the dogs’ homes, i.e., the renowned breeders’ in Germany and Great Britain. 

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