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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.

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Creator: Nymphenburg Porcelain
Antique Nymphenburg Porcelain Terrier Dog & Frog Figurine by T. Karner
By Theodor Kärner, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine antique Nymphenburg porcelain figurine. Modeled by Theodor Karner. In the form of a reclining dog peering inquisitively at the frog between its front paws. With a dec...
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20th Century German Art Nouveau Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

Ted Muheling Nymphenburg Porcelain Large Branch Candlestick
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, Ted Muehling
Located in Roma, IT
Ted Muehling for Nymphenburg white bisque porcelain large branch candlestick. Candlestick measures approximately 10 5/8? x 10 5/8? x 6 5/8? Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufacture sta...
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Early 2000s Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

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

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 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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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

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Porcelain

B Lamp White by Thierry Dreyfus x Nymphenburg
By Thierry Dreyfus, Nymphenburg Porcelain
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

Ted Muheling Nymphenburg Porcelain White Glazed Small Egg Vase
By Nymphenburg Porcelain, Ted Muehling
Located in Roma, IT
Ted Muehling for Nymphenburg white glazed porcelain small egg vase. The vase measures approximately 4 5/8? high Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufacture started in 1747, attached to ...
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Early 2000s 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

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

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

Antique Nymphenburg Trompe L'Oeil Faux Bois Porcelain Demitasse Cup and Saucer
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine and rare antique trompe l'oeil decorated porcelain demitasse cup and saucer. Both pieces finely painted with faux paper panels with puce landscapes nailed to faux bois ground...
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Late 18th Century German Neoclassical Antique Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

Ted Muheling Nymphenburg Porcelain Small Branch Candlestick
By Ted Muehling, Nymphenburg Porcelain
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 Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

Ted Muheling Nymphenburg Porcelain White Bird’s Nest Votive
By Ted Muehling, Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Roma, IT
Ted Muehling for Nymphenburg white glazed porcelain small egg vase. The vase measures approximately 4 5/8? high Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufacture started in 1747, attached to ...
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Early 2000s Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

Ted Muheling Nymphenburg Porcelain Volute Bowl
By Ted Muehling, Nymphenburg Porcelain
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

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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 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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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...
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Early 20th Century German Nymphenburg Porcelain

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Porcelain

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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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

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Porcelain

Nymphenburg German Blanc De Chine Porcelain Chinaman Fruit Seller
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Royal Porcelain Manufactory German blanc de chine porcelain figure of a Chinaman fruit seller by Nymphenberg and dated 1966. This very finely made figures stands on a rockwork base h...
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1960s European Mid-Century Modern 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
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

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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Porcelain

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

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

Nymphenburg Sauceboat, Neo-Classical Form, C. 1850
By Nymphenburg Porcelain
Located in Geelong, Victoria
Nymphenburg sauceboat of elegant neo-classical boat form, the handle with an anthemion mounded at the lower junction, on an oval plinth base. Impressed shield & ‘Leg’ mark, Circa 185...
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1850s German Neoclassical Antique 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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Porcelain

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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Pottery

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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Porcelain

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

Nymphenburg Porcelain furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Nymphenburg Porcelain furniture is 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 19 vintage editions of these items, while there are also 3 modern editions to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Nymphenburg Porcelain were created in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary style 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 $220 and tops out at $27,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,081.

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