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Nymphenburg Porcelain

Nymphenburg Porcelain (Germany, est. 1747)
Nymphenburg Porcelain (Germany, est. 1747)

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.

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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

Elephant Animal Figure in Black Biscuit Porcelain by Nymphenburg
By August Göhring, Nymphenburg Porcelain
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

Perching Bird Emil Figure in White Biscuit Porcelain by Nymphenburg
By Ted Muehling, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
Designer Ted Muehling chose this bird — "Emil" — from the Nymphenburg figure repertoire and reinterpreted it, the branch clip made from blackened metal adds a new design element to t...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg Frankenthal Figurine 'Guitar Player', Germany, 1923
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Vienna, AT
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1920s German Rococo Vintage 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
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1920s German Rococo Vintage Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

Bowl with Snail Plate Hella Jongerius for Nymphenburg
By Hella Jongerius, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Roma, IT
As with her Nymphenburg Sketches collection, Jongerius' Animal bowls reflect her wealth of knowledge of the artistic history of Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. This collection b...
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Early 2000s German Nymphenburg Porcelain

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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

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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

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Nymphenburg Sketches Wildlife Deer 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

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg Sketches Wildlife Insect 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

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg Porcelain Cockatoo
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
Nymphenburg Porcelain, Munich, Germany, circa 1900. Model# 413. Impressed Nymphenburg mark. 7.5" high. In good condition.
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Early 1900s German Rococo Antique Nymphenburg Porcelain

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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. The painted cartouche is surrounded...
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Mid-19th Century German Rococo Revival Antique Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Bisque Porcelain Bust of Prinz Maximilian Von Bayern Nymphenburg Porcelain 1803
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Epfach, DE
A bisque porcelain bust of Prinz Maximilian von Bayern, son from King Max I Joseph and Queen Karoline von Bayern about 1803 Marked Manufaktur Nymphenburg signed : Adam Clair Bisqu...
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Early 1800s German Empire Antique Nymphenburg Porcelain

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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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Nymphenburg Porcelain Figurine Depicting a Horse Rider in a Hunting Scene
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Hilversum, Noord Holland
Very rare midcentury blanc de chine porcelain statuette by the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. A beautiful piece with very Fine details. This statuette is most probably designed...
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Mid-20th Century German Romantic Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Demitasse Coffee Service, Nymphenburg Porcelain 36 Pieces
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Hudson, NY
Nymphenburg Porcelain textile pattern floral ribbon demitasse coffee set with 15 coffee cups with saucers, two lidded sugar bowls and two creamers. Designed originated after 1912. Ha...
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1950s German Neoclassical Vintage Nymphenburg Porcelain

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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

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Nympfenburg Porcelain Sculpture Dancing Couple by Josef Wackerle
By Joseph Wackerle, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Berghuelen, DE
An extra-ordinary porcelain lifesize garden sculpture in the shape of a dancing couple. Designed circa 1908 by the famous sculptor Josef Wackerle. Manufactured by Nymphenburg, Bavari...
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Mid-20th Century German Belle Époque Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Nymphenburg Porcelain Irish Wolfhound
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Beautiful Nymphenburg Porcelain hand painted figure of an Irish wolfhound. Having the early blue mark from 1895-1910.
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1890s German Antique 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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Nymphenburg Porcelain Hans Behrens Zola Leopard Figure Art Nouveau
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Denver, CO
The leopard Zola from a series of Art Nouveau fine porcelain figurines modeled by Hans Behrens in 1904 for Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. In production since 1904, this lifelike p...
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Early 20th Century German Art Nouveau Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Coffee Can, Merian's Opossum, Nymphenburg, circa 1790
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Melbourne, AU
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

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Coffee Can, Monkey and Ape, Nymphenburg, circa 1790
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Melbourne, AU
A good example of the fine painting produced by this factory. This example with a monkey and an ape, after the engraving by George Buffons.
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Late 18th Century English Neoclassical Antique Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

Seam Tea Service from the Haute Couture Series by Konstantin Grcic
By Konstantin Grcic, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Denton, MD
Teapot: 5.5" h with lid x 9" x 6", Warmer: 3" h x 6 diameter, cups: 2.5" h x 3" x 4", creamer: 1.75" h x 2.5" x 2.25", sugar bowl: 2...
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Early 2000s German Post-Modern Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Franz Anton Bustelli for Nymphenberg - Läufer mit Consortin
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, Franz Anton Bustelli
Located in Hingham, 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

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By Nymphenburg Porcelain
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