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Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

Nymphenburg — 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 Nymphenburg plates 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.

Find authentic Nymphenburg Porcelain decorative objects, tableware and other items on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Nymphenburg Porcelain
Large Blanc de Chine Nymphenburg Figurine of Winter by Auliczek
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine antique Nymphenburg porcelain figurine. By Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory. Designed Dominikus Auliczek. Modeled as an allegorical de...
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20th Century German Rococo Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg Porcelain Figurine of the Disturbed Slumberer/Der Gestörte Schlummer
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine antique Nymphenburg porcelain figurine. Entitled "Der Gestörte Schlummer", which translates to English as "The Disturbed Slumber". After the 18th Century Frankenthal Porcelain model modeled by Johann Friedrich Lück. Depicting a sleeping gallant attended to (and being awakened by) two maidens. The gallant is sleeping on patches of grass that are supported by a stylized Rococo rocaille base. Simply a wonderful antique Nymphenburg figurine...
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Early 20th Century German Rococo Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Ted Muheling Nymphenburg Porcelain Branch Vase
By Ted Muehling, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Roma, IT
Ted Muehling for Nymphenburg white bisque porcelain large branch vase. Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufacture started in 1747, attached to the Nymphenburg Pala...
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Early 2000s Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Ted Muheling Nymphenburg Porcelain Volute Bowl
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, Ted Muehling
Located in Roma, IT
Ted Muehling for Nymphenburg porcelain volute bowl. The bowl features a white bisque exterior & glazed interior. It measures approximately 7 1/2? x 4? & 2 1/2" in height. Nymphe...
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Early 2000s Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg Sketches Flower #44 Plate
By Hella Jongerius, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Roma, IT
This is a celebration of age-old crafts and treasures found in the Nymphenburg archives, and a celebration of the idea of having ‘options’ in design. The layout is designed by Jonger...
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Early 2000s German Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg Sketches Flower #22 Plate
By Hella Jongerius, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Roma, IT
This is a celebration of age-old crafts and treasures found in the Nymphenburg archives, and a celebration of the idea of having ‘options’ in design. The layout is designed by Jonger...
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Early 2000s German Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg Sketches Wildlife Deer Plate
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, Hella Jongerius
Located in Roma, IT
This is a celebration of age-old crafts and treasures found in the Nymphenburg archives, and a celebration of the idea of having ‘options’ in design. The layout is designed by Jonger...
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Early 2000s German Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Ted Muheling Nymphenburg Porcelain Small Branch Candlestick
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, Ted Muehling
Located in Roma, IT
Ted Muehling for Nymphenburg white bisque porcelain small branch candlestick. Candlestick measures approximately 7 1/2" x 7 3/4" x 8 1/4? high. Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufacture...
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Early 2000s German Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Coffee Can: Merian's Opossum, Nymphenburg, C1790
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
A good example of the fine painting produced at this factory. This example with an African possum and a feline, after the engraving by George Buffons.
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Late 18th Century English Neoclassical Antique Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg Sketches Wildlife Insect Plate
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, Hella Jongerius
Located in Roma, IT
This is a celebration of age-old crafts and treasures found in the Nymphenburg archives, and a celebration of the idea of having ‘options’ in design. The layout is designed by Jonger...
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Early 2000s German Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Franz Anton Bustelli for Nymphenberg - Läufer mit Consortin
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, Franz Anton Bustelli
Located in Hanover, MA
Franze Anton Bustelli, one of the most important porcelain modellers of the Rococo, in 1754 for PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR NYMPHENBURG. Porcelain, glazed, sculpted representation of Consor...
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1950s German Vintage Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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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 Furniture

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Porcelain

Nympfenburg Porcelain Sculpture Dancing Couple by Josef Wackerle
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, Joseph Wackerle
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Nympfenburg Porcelain Sculpture Dancing Couple by Josef Wackerle An extra-ordinary porcelain lifesize garden sculpture in the shape of a dancing couple...
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Mid-20th Century German Belle Époque Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Pottery

Wall mural, Nymphenburg porcelain tiles with handpainted relief made in Germany
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in München, Bavaria
This fine handcrafted porcelain wall mural is handcrafted in Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. It is made of the porcelain paste that is mixed according to a secret recipie in Nymphe...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Majolica garden fountain - pedestal with basin and figure of a boy
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in München, Bavaria
This fountain was designed by Josef Wackerle for Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. It is hand crafted and hand painted by the artisians in Nymphenburg located at the palace in Munich...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Majolica

Garden figure by Josef Wackerle Nymphenburg majolica hand painted in Germany
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in München, Bavaria
This figure was designed by Josef Wackerle in 1913 for Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg and is still in production today. It is hand crafted and hand painted of Nymphenburg majolica ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Majolica

Porcelain wall mural in porcelain hand painted with pate sur pate octopus
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in München, Bavaria
This hand cast and hand painted porcelain wall tile murals is made of fine Nymphenburg porcelain. The pate - sur- pate technique enables the Nymphenbur...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Porcelain elefant figure with trunk upwards underglaze painted
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in München, Bavaria
This figure of a baby elefant was designed by Göhring for the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg and is one of the most loved animal figures. The underglaze t...
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20th Century German Modern Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Hand thrown ceramic centerpiece plate with hand painted frog
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in München, Bavaria
This hand thrown centerpiece plate was turned in Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg in the majolica department freehand on the wheel. The foot has a black engobe and the white glaze re...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Stoneware

Oval Basket Bowl - Nymphenburg - Perlservice - Bayerisches Königsservice
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Stockholm, SE
A large oval basket bowl from the Perl-service. "Bayerisches Königsservice" after design by Dominikus Auliczek at Nymphenburg. The bowl is 25...
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Early 20th Century German Rococo Revival Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Mid-20th Century Modern German Glazed and Painted Porcelain Frog by Nymphenburg
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in North Miami, FL
Mid-20th century modern german glazed and painted porcelain frog sitting on a rock by manufacturer Nymphenburg By: Nymphenburg Porcelain Material: porcelain, paint, ceramic Techniqu...
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Mid-20th Century German Jugendstil Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Ceramic, Porcelain, Paint

Theodor Kärner figure Hunting rider pincess MARGARETHE V. Thurn and Taxis.
By Theodor Kärner, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Autonomous City Buenos Aires, CABA
Theodor Kärner Hohenberg/Eger 1885 - Munich 1966 Figure 'Hunting rider Princess Margarethe v. Thurn and Taxis' Nymphenburg, 20th century. Designed in ...
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Early 20th Century German Neoclassical Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Theodor Kärner Red Hunt, White Porcelain Sculpture for Nymphenburg
By Theodor Kärner, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Delft, NL
Theodor Kärner (1884-1966), red hunt, white porcelain sculpture for Nymphenburg Theodor Kärner (1884-1966), sculptor, worked at Nymphenburg Porcelain factory in Munich during 1905 - 1918 The white porcelain statue...
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Early 20th Century German Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Set of 10 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 ten Nymphenburg very deep soup bowls. Each of these soup bowls are painted with a different colorful and exquisite flower bouquet. These bowls are much deeper than most wide rim soup...
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1940s German Romantic Vintage Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

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 Furniture

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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 Furniture

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Porcelain

Extraordinary Nymphenburg Hand Painted Porcelain Peacock, Signed and Dated 1912
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Breathtaking porcelain peacock by Nymphenburg, the sculptor Theodor Ka¨rner created in 1906. This model was is signed and dated by the artist in 1912. This piece is also marked with ...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg Frankenthal Figurine 'Guitar Player', Germany, 1923
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare figurine from the former manufacturer Frankenthal. The young man, dressed in Rococo style: black knee breeches, white stockings, fitted, white, striped jacket with puffed ...
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1920s German Rococo Vintage Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

19th Century Nymphenburg Master Salt Cellars, Pair
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in San Francisco, CA
This pair of Master Salt Cellars has the blue under glaze mark of Nymphenburg. The scenic landscape is hand painted with great detail and skill. Th...
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Mid-19th Century German Rococo Revival Antique Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

6 Dessert Plates - Nymphenburg - Perlservice - Bayerisches Königsservice
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Stockholm, SE
6 Dessert plates from the Perl" form. "Bayerisches Königsservice" decoration, after design by Dominikus Auliczek at Nymphenburg. The plates a...
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Early 20th Century German Rococo Revival Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg Porcelain furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Nymphenburg Porcelain furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Nymphenburg Porcelain furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 14 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 3 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Nymphenburg Porcelain were created in the Rococo style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Michel Victor Acier, Ernst August Leuteritz, and Johann Friedrich Eberlein. Prices for Nymphenburg Porcelain furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $758 and can go as high as $23,200, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,591.

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Questions About Nymphenburg Porcelain Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    To date Nymphenburg porcelain, look for a maker's mark in an inconspicuous area. Since its commission in 1754, the porcelain factory has used a wide range of marks to identify its pieces. By comparing the mark on your porcelain ware to images shared on trusted online resources, you can approximate its age. For example, a coat of arms marking above the brand's wordmark and the number 1754 indicate a piece produced in 2008 or after. If you have difficulty determining the age of a particular piece, a knowledgeable appraiser or antique dealer can assist you. Find a diverse assortment of Nymphenburg porcelain ware on 1stDibs.

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