This project from the venerable Nymphenburg Porcelain factory is perfect on every level. It takes a factory that made porcelain figures for 18th-century aristocracy, uses these “models” from the brilliant baroque sculptor Bustelli and has them re-costumed by those who makes clothes for today’s 21st-century aristocracy. This project is covered in two posts. This takes us from Adaline André to Karl Lagerfeld.
A little history about the porcelain factory: Elector Maximilian III, Joseph, son of Kaiser Karl VII, supported the founding of many enterprises to secure Bavaria’s economic independence. Manufactories were established to produce silk, glass and porcelain.
On November 1, 1747, he founded a porcelain manufactory at his “Grüne Schlössl” in Neudeck near Munich to promote the radiance and dignity of the electoral court. With its relocation to Schloss Nymphenburg in 1764 and the burgeoning international fame as a result of Franz Anton Bustelli, the greatest figurine designer of the 18th century, the “Churfürstliche Porcelain-Fabrique” became the Wittelsbach family’s most prestigious project. It was later known as the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory.
Descriptions of the individual works and their designers appear in the captions below, courtesy of Nymphenburg.
Garth Clark is the Chief Editor of CFile.
Above image: Karl Lagerfeld photographed examining his porcelain sculpture at a reception to preview the figurine project in Nymphenburg.
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