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Nymphenburg Porcelain

Nymphenburg is one of Europe’s most venerable porcelain factories, was founded near Munich in 1747 by Maximilian III Joseph, the elector of Bavaria. It didn’t begin producing under the name we know today, however, until 1761, when it was moved to Nymphenburg Palace.

Porcelain was invented in East Asia around 2,000 years ago, and its formula, which requires a special clay called kaolin, became a closely guarded secret. It wasn’t until the early 1700s that chemists at Meissen, Germany, in the employ of Augustus II the Strong, the elector of Saxony, discovered a process for making true, as opposed to soft-paste, porcelain. Soon factories across Europe were producing fine porcelain services and sculpture for an elite clientele.

Nymphenburg was one of these factories, manufacturing elaborate services for dinner, dessert, coffee and tea, and sculptures for the Bavarian nobility. Round objects, such as dishes and vases, were turned on potter’s wheels, while more complex ones, like figures, were slip cast in molds. This technique ensured that the pieces’ dimensions were precise and consistent. Once shaped, they were fired and, after that, hand-decorated by experienced china painters, who finished each to exacting standards.

Among Nymphenburg’s most famous objects are its lively and charming rococo-style figurines, most often depicting Commedia dell'Arte characters or exotic Chinese figures. Today, the company makes versions of its historic figurines with updated forms and decorations by such designers as Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood.

It also still makes one of its earliest, and eternally popular, china patterns: the floral Cumberland, created in 1765 by Franz Anton Bustelli as the electoral court service. Cumberland is one of more than 20,000 patterns housed today in Nymphenburg’s archive , enabling owners of incomplete sets to find replacements. In addition, the company has engaged contemporary designers such as Ted Muehling and Hella Jongerius to create witty new designs that celebrate the firm’s history while giving it a fresh spin.

Nymphenburg Frankenthal Group 'Venus And Cupid' by Carl Gottlieb Lück, 1933
By Karl Gottlieb Lück, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare figurine from the former manufacturer Frankenthal, Germany. Depiction of Venus with Cupid. Venus wears her Rococo-style hair pinned up to rows of curls that lie close to the he...
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1930s German Rococo Vintage Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

Large Nymphenburg Porcelain Powder Blue Ground Trumpet Form Flower Vase, ea.
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A rare, large-scale Nymphenburg porcelain trumpet form flower vase. With crisp, clean lines that harken back to the Biedermeier period and dovetail perfectly with the aesthetic o...
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Early 20th Century German Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

Elephant Animal Figure in Black Biscuit Porcelain by Nymphenburg
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, August Göhring
Located in New York, NY
If one is to compare this elephant designed by August Göhring in 1936 with its older brothers, it soon becomes clear why it was decided to produce the young bull Edward in black bisc...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg Frankenthal Figurine 'Lady With Bird Cage' by Johann Friedrich Lück
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare figurine from the former manufacturer Frankenthal Germany. The lady, dressed in Rococo style: white dress with flowered bodice and apron, white bonnet, is holding an open ...
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1920s German Rococo Vintage Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

B Lamp White by Thierry Dreyfus x Nymphenburg
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, Thierry Dreyfus
Located in New York, NY
“An Element of Light between a shell and an organic curve...” — Thierry Dreyfus Inspired by the movement of light and the motion inherent in a Brancusi sculpture, the B lamp is an...
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2010s German Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

  • B Lamp White by Thierry Dreyfus x Nymphenburg
  • B Lamp White by Thierry Dreyfus x Nymphenburg
  • B Lamp White by Thierry Dreyfus x Nymphenburg
  • B Lamp White by Thierry Dreyfus x Nymphenburg
H 15.7 in. W 9.5 in. D 10.6 in.
B Lamp Black by Thierry Dreyfus x Nymphenburg
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, Thierry Dreyfus
Located in New York, NY
“An Element of Light between a shell and an organic curve...” — Thierry Dreyfus Inspired by the movement of light and the motion inherent in a Brancusi sculpture, the B lamp is an...
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2010s German Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

  • B Lamp Black by Thierry Dreyfus x Nymphenburg
  • B Lamp Black by Thierry Dreyfus x Nymphenburg
  • B Lamp Black by Thierry Dreyfus x Nymphenburg
  • B Lamp Black by Thierry Dreyfus x Nymphenburg
H 15.7 in. W 9.5 in. D 10.6 in.
Nymphenburg Porcelain Tureen with Lemon
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Lantau, HK
hand painted porcelain with floral design and a lemon finial on the lid; the rims are gilded. This piece is inspired by Meissen examples of the mid-18th century. The shape of the Tur...
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Early 20th Century German Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

  • Nymphenburg Porcelain Tureen with Lemon
  • Nymphenburg Porcelain Tureen with Lemon
  • Nymphenburg Porcelain Tureen with Lemon
  • Nymphenburg Porcelain Tureen with Lemon
H 9.85 in. W 14.57 in. D 9.85 in.
Set of 14 Nymphenburg Soup Bowls Each Painted With a Different Flower Bouquet
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Boston, MA
I want to offer you this stunning set of fourteen Nymphenburg very deep soup bowls. Each of these soup bowls are painted with a different colorful and exquisite flower bouquet. These...
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1940s German Romantic Vintage Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

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Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Nymphenburg porcelain furniture, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 20 vintage editions of these items, while there are also 3 modern editions to choose from. Many original furniture by Nymphenburg Porcelain were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Rococo style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Michel Victor Acier, Ernst August Leuteritz and Christian Gottfried Juechtzer. Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture prices can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $224 and tops out at $27,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,288 on average.