Hand painted, Version I white & pink
What makes Luise Terletzki-Scherf’s animal portrayals so unique? On the one hand, it is the unusual gestures, the temperament of each animal, which the Aschaffenburg-based artist has captured in porcelain. And not least, the almost roguish, capriciously cheerful facial expression that makes the creatures stand apart from all the other animal figures of the Nymphenburg collection. The fine painting that is applied free-hand – in yellow, pink and light blue in this case – additionally emphasises the playful character of the figures.
Hand painted, Version I white & pink
There is a special charm to being invented as one of Luise Terletzki Scherf’s animal figures. It means giving free reign to your temperament, trusting yourself to do anything, even being able to dance like this elephant on his rustle, a creation of the year 1928. With love, humour and sensitivity, the productive artist got her figures to assume the most unusual poses. And yet, despite the fact each figure stands in its own right, it is part of a great ensemble – in the zoo, on the pond or as in this case in the circus. The show must go on!
Visitors encounter the most varied parrot figures as they walk around the grounds of the botanical gardens in Munich. Josef Wackerle produced them in majolica for the Manufaktur Nymphenburg in 1909. His pupil Luise Terletzki-Scherf concerned herself with the subject of exotic birds some twenty years later. This cockatoo that is 18 centimetres in height is considered to be one of her most magnificent and beautiful designs. The black contours of the bird and the accentuated orange of its plumage, which is otherwise so sparsely coloured, bears testimony to the great artistic craftsmanship and a design that is contemporary to this day.
Admittedly, a hippopotamus is not necessarily an animal that you would term cute. The artist Luise Terletzki-Scherf nevertheless managed to represent it in just this way in 1930. The charming pachyderm in the finest Nymphenburg porcelain is holding a flower in its mouth whilst a garland of leaves is entwined around its backside. But this animal figure that is only seven centimetres tall deserves to be liked by us, irrespective of the flowery decoration. This is because it bears testimony to the humorous sensitivity of its creator.
There was a time in the 1960s when everyone wanted to travel to Scandinavia, Scotland and Iceland to gain a taste of pure nature and its magic. One of the great symbols of this movement was the Shetland pony, irrespective of the career that this powerful, feisty animal had already established at the circus. Luise Terletzki-Scherf also captured the compact four-legged creature in 1958 in a fairytale representation for the master workshops of the manufactory – as a blue spotted steed with a flowing mane.
The special attraction of Luise Terletzki-Scherf’s figures is the way they are painted. Each individual one is formed and decorated free-hand in the master studios of the manufactory to this day. The numerous different yellow, green and brown nuances in themselves, which these juicy cabbage leaves have to thank for their splendour and appetizing appearance, earn our attention. A hare with 'eyeliner' is crouching in the centre. Is this not the most extraordinary sight?
"The formal quality of a porcelain figure is already revealed in a virginal, i.e. white original model", stresses Dr Fritz Bäuml after he and his brothers had pressed ahead with the fates of the manufactory for many years. By this he also meant the prominent and lively designs of Luise Terletzki-Scherf. Like many of her designs, this roaring elephant that was presented for the first time in 1976 is an animal figure full of emotionality. The artist from Aschaffenburg has her prominent teacher Josef Wackerle to thank for her precise sculpture training.
Admittedly, everyone is looking to beat the advertising drum these days – whether private individual, politician, football coach or award-winning chef – which is why the manufactory’s workshops produce these small, handmade drums in a broad spectrum of colours: black and yellow with golden cords could, for instance, lead the fanfare parade of the German coalition parties, or even that of the eleven players of Dortmund Football Club under the management of Jürgen Klopp. However, those who have not yet decided can choose the unpainted variation in pure white to begin with.
The Aschaffenburg artist Luise Terletzki-Scherf experimented with bronze, majolica and stone. But only in the fine shards of the homemade Nymphenburg porcelain do the figures that she has designed develop their highest levels of sculpturing quality. This is also the case with this young, roaring elephant. Measuring a mere ten centimetres, a plastic animal figure full of emotionality is revealed in this version in an unglazed bisque.