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.
Ted Muehling ( 1953 –
Studied industrial design at the Pratt Institute in New York. Muehling has been designing jewellery and objects inspired by natural shapes since 1976. “I try to restrict my vocabulary of shape by abstracting forms from nature and transforming them with the aim of creating objects that function just as well as they look. My designs trace the invisible shapes that exist between nature and our perception of it.” Ted Muehling has received many awards, including the Chrysler Design Award and the America Fashion Coty Award. His works may be found in many private and public collections.
Ted Muehling has been designing a variety of collections and objects for Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg since 1999: vases, lanterns and candlesticks based in shape and structure on corals, leaves and branches; the MARITIME COLLECTION with snail and sea shells, the WHITE CORAL series as well as the Butterfly Collection – a plain service decorated with butterfly motifs. In 2015 he has taken the shell of the majestic giant tortoise as his model for the new TORTOISE collection and reinterpreted it again and again as a continuous quotation of a collection of vases and vessels. The designer succeeds like no other in transforming wonders of nature into unique artefacts made of the finest Nymphenburg porcelain.
Ted Muehling was also responsible for the VOLUTE BOWL, which is the trophy for the “Prix du Design”, which is awarded annually at the Monaco Yacht Show for the most beautiful yacht by His Highness Prince Albert II. and His Highness Prince Leopold of Bavaria.