PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR NYMPHENBURG

Last weekend I went to Munich for a very special occasion – the launch of our book ! Our publishing house Callwey has created the most wonderful and exclusive program for that day! Soon I will let you know about the book launch and the award ceremony, but let me start with the most wonderful tour of the Nymphenburg porcelain manufactury.

Schloss Nymphenburg, München, Germany
Schloss Nymphenburg, München, Germany

Located at the Nördliches Schlossrondell of the Wittelbach family’s summer residence in Nymphenburg the porcelain manufactury produces the most wonderful porcelain since 1747. You can even stress the ‘manu’ in factory because everything is completely handmade! So this remains the last manufactory in the world, that ‘consciously decided to continue to employ purely manual production methods and, since the 18th century, has refined them to perfection.‘*

at the turning shop at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
at the turning shop at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
samples at the turning shop at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
samples at the turning shop at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg

Usually very little tours take place behind the doors of the master workshops, we even found out that normally no one is allowed to take pictures inside these walls. So with all this in mind I am very honored to have been able to walk these halls and am very excited to show you these exclusive insights!

a look at a small variety of the big collection at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
a look at a small variety of the big collection at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg

My mother is a big collector of fine porcelain, so I inherited the love for porcelain from her. Even though I have been a big fan of fine porcelain, I didn’t know a lot of things:
– it takes years (!!!) to produce the porcelain past and ‘it takes around three years from the initial mixing of the porcelain paste, to the end product.’*
and:
– ‘Nymphenburg also creates and mixes its own paint; its porcelain painters work without templates. Each item is shaped and painted by hand, each ornament individually applied and all fretwork, be it ever so small, cut with tiny blades into the unfired porcelain.’*

porcelain chrysanthemum flower at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
porcelain chrysanthemum flower at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
porcelain flowers at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
porcelain flowers at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg

But, just see for yourself, how amazing these rooms were and how inspirational the working places. Don’t these pictures make you want to take out your brush to start painting your own porcelain?

at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
shadow play at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
shadow play at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg

Another stunning fact is, they love to work with contemporary artists and designers, like Karl Lagerfeld. Speaking of contemporary, I simply fell in love with this this ‘LIGHTSCAPE’ line by Ruth Gurvich. This porcelain looks and feels like paper – oh please, dear Santa, I’ve been a good girl this year….

Lightscape Nymphenburg design by Ruth Gurvich
Lightscape Nymphenburg design by Ruth Gurvich
Lightscape Nymphenburg design by Ruth Gurvich
Lightscape Nymphenburg design by Ruth Gurvich

I can go on forever and ever… Learning about the production process of porcelain made my respect grow! Also my curiosity! I loved reading their book ‘Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg (Snoeck) as there is so much more to learn…
Walking these halls has forever changed the way I look at a piece of porcelain! Thank you very much for letting us be part of this gorgeous tour!

wall plate decoration in PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR NYMPHENBURG, München, Germany
wall plate decoration in PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR NYMPHENBURG, München, Germany

*quotes are from the book ‘PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR NYMPHENBURG’ published by SNOECK

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2 thoughts on “PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR NYMPHENBURG

  1. What an honour for you to tour this place. Honestly I had no idea that the process of porcelain, took so long. Beautiful photographs Anastasia! P.S. A huge congratulations for the award and your site looks wonderful! x

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    • THANK YOU so much, Mel!
      Your lovely wishes are deeply appreciated ❤
      I didn't know either, who knew that their porcelain paste needs 2 years to mature…. This makes this factory even more special and it makes the pieces so fascinating and fragile – especially the flowers look so real… It's easy to capture beauty at a place like this 😉
      Have a great start to the week!
      A. XO

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