With Spread Wings
Leda’s Right Arm
Octavio’s Right Arm
Isabella’s Right Arm
Donna Martina’s Left Arm
Pierrot’s Left Arm
Capitano’s Right Leg
Dottore’s Right Arm
Scaramuz’s Left Leg
Anselmo’s Left Arm
Mezzetino’s Left Leg
Lalage’s Left Foot
Corine’s Love Letter
Those people who have already visited the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg will know how much care is devoted to the production of each individual item. Whether it is plate or a tureen, a chandelier or a miniature, each object is subjected to the same demands and earns the same levels of attention. Even examples such as this playing kitten that is only three centimetres in size, which Luise Terletzki-Scherf designed in 1933, require a lot of experience and masterly expertise.
A person will pose patiently and very proudly if the artist invites him to be the subject of a portrait. This is not the case with an animal. Whether it is young or old, it follows its mood irrespective of the elegance and grace that is being portrayed. It is precisely this natural manner of the gestures, the clumsy expression of young animals that fascinated Luise Terletzki-Scherf throughout her entire life. In this way, figures were produced such as this playing kitten, which is still being formed by hand and painted in numerous variants to this day.
Large pig – lots of luck, little pig – little luck. Well, it’s just not true! Even the mini-size lucky pig can bring you good fortune. Luise Terletzki-Scherf designed the animal that is on a bed of clover for the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg in 1933. Its sleep indicates that your fate is still uncertain, but the lucky clover that is distributed on the base should already have a positive effect.
Those people who have already visited the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg will know how much loving attention to detail is applied when forming, processing and above all decorating each individual piece. In the case of miniatures, in particular, such as this lucky pig which is only 4 centimetres in height, both the colourful clover and the soft pink decoration of the skin is applied to the figure free-hand.
You normally send someone a gift of a good luck pig to celebrate the New Year so that it can ensure good fortune for the person who has received the gift. But sometimes a good-luck charm wouldn't go amiss in the middle of the year either. A gift like this small porcelain pig designed by Luise Terletzki-Scherf. It has closed its eyes as it lies naturally in the clover and signals that everything will be alright.
Stumbling across a small pool frog like this one in real life is a sign of great fortune, as the water frog along our line of latitude is now classified as endangered. It probably was not an issue at the time Luise Terletzki-Scherf immortalised this cute, just three-centimetre-tall amphibian in porcelain in 1961. Just like its natural model, its characteristic marking is to be found on its back and limbs; the only difference is that these natural shades of green are applied by hand using a fine brush.
Whether it is S, M or XXL – Luise Terletzki-Scherf conducted countless nature studies to ensure the realistic representation of her animal figures. Despite intensive observation, drafts such as the artist's couple of hares that is four centimetres in height represent less a natural creature, but more an interpreted being. In 1976, this duo that nestles closely together was formed for the first time and has lost nothing of its fascination since then.
When people return home from their travels, they often bring small items back with them which remind them of particularly enjoyable, quaint or even extraordinary experiences. They also bring home handmade treasures, which portray a country’s cultural values. And this four-centimetre tall Bavarian lion by Ernst Andreas Rauch reflects precisely that. Proud, it stands for both the culture of the Free State and the masterly tradition of the Munich manufactory.
One of the specific types of collecting is the world of miniatures—compact and clearly laid out in a case. A great advantage of this artistic microcosm is that all one’s treasured pieces can always be enjoyed at a glance. This is why it is often the case that the smallest pieces enjoy the greatest success. As such, Ernst Andreas Rauch’s miniature lion with a white and blue coat of arms from 1948 counts as one of the most highly sought-after models from the manufactory’s Bavarica range. At its modest size of just four centimetres, it confidently stands for the culture of the Free State of Bavaria as well as for the extraordinary handcrafted perfection of the Nymphenburg masters’ workshops.
In 1770 as Conrad Linck drew up numerous flower designs, he could never have dreamt what an exciting future lay in store for such candidates as this little carnation. For one, it enjoyed life as a decoration on his grand chandeliers. And since 2002 it has also been available to purchase separately as a unique handmade blossom. In combination with its bigger sister, the hand-painted table carnation, or with a peony or a Japanese cherry blossom, it is fit to grace any table.