In 1923, the porcelain manufactory was reopened in Augarten Castle, where it still stands today. Established under the new name “Vienna Porcelain Manufactory Augarten”, its ethos was to continue the tradition of the former Imperial manufactory while also making room for fresh ideas. Receptive to modern trends, the Manufactory produced designs by contemporary artists including Josef Hoffmann, Michael Powolny, Franz von Zülow, and other representatives of the Vienna Workshops (Wiener Werkstätte). Today, cooperation with well-known artists continues to shape the company’s style and feed its unique flair for combining the traditional with the modern.
Robert Ullmann ( 1903 – 1966 )
The Austrian Sculptor and Medalist Robert Ullmann created perfectly shaped porcelain figurines. Horses, deer or the Ullmann nude are among his masterpieces
Professor Robert Ullmann’s greatest ambition was to find a way to artistically “express human proximity, our deepest feelings through a harmonious alliance of shape and form”.
While working with Augarten, he created a wide range of figurines ranging from animal representations such as his magnificently crafted “FIGHTING HORSES” and “FIGHTING STAGS” to human figurines such as his 1936 “SUSANNA IN THE BATH”, more commonly referred to as the “Ullmann Nude”. His complex figurines aptly showcase his mastery of porcelain and his fundamental comprehension of the medium’s limits and properties. More importantly, his imaginative detailed designs illustrate his creative genius.