TAVOUS PEACOCK

TAVOUS PEACOCK

Designer

Theodor Kärner

Manufacturer

Nymphenburg

Circa

1906

Description

The blue peacock, one of the oldest ornamental birds, looks unique like he just strutted out of paradise. In ancient Greece, the peacock was the animal symbol of the goddess Hera. According to Greek mythology, she placed the eye of the peacock on its feathers in order to symbolize the omniscience and wisdom of the gods.

The Nymphenburg Peacock is rightly numbers among the most famous works of Theodor Kärner, who designed it in 1906 when he was only 21 years old. Theodor Kärner understood like no one else how to develop naturalism from the form. In fact, he could draw it out in such a great degree that he could lend the paradisiacal bird its natural, gracious charm in white biscuit porcelain.

Materials

White Biscuit Porcelain

Dimensions

L 27.6 x W 9.1 x H 16.5 in
L 70 x W 23 x H 42 cm

Lead Time

Upon Request

Price

$13,600

TAVOUS PEACOCK
Nymphenburg

Nymphenburg

The Porzellan Manufaktur of Nymphenburg was established in 1747, when Bavarian Empire Elector Max III Joseph set up the Electoral Porcelain manufactory at his "Grünes Schlössl" in Neudeck, near Munich. Located near the palace of Nymphenburg, the manufacture has been operating with its natural millstream ever since. 

Named ‘White Gold’ in the 18th century, porcelain was at the time regarded as one of the most valuable and desirable luxury items, adored and admired almost as much as relics and jewels. Porcelain was the epitome of courtly cultivation, and served highly representative purposes. Accordingly, the Wittelsbach family was at first the main procurer of electoral porcelain – they commissioned both the "Royal Bavarian Service" as well as gifts for befriended electorates and royal families. Each plate and cup was stamped with the shield of diamonds, and this porcelain became the Electoral's trademark export.

In 1761, the manufactory relocated to the northern circular building at the Nymphenburg palace. The porcelain manufactory blossomed there over the coming years. Its reputation for producing porcelain of the highest quality and craftsmanship soon spread beyond the country with Nymphenburg porcelain even being sent to Venice. In 1815, the manufacture was bestowed the title of State of the Arts Institution by the Bavarian kingdom. Porcelain painting blossomed anew when King Ludwig I took office in 1825; he commissioned plates and platters from the manufactory which were not used as services, but which were meant to document the most important works of art of the time. These "reproductions" on porcelain may today be found at the Munich Residenz and Marstall museums.

Although large parts of the buildings were destroyed during World War II, the valuable moulds and archival models of the manufacture were saved – along with its legacy. The historic site of the manufacture was rebuilt after the War by the brothers Alfred, Fritz and Kurt Bäuml. Now under the patronage of Wittelsbach Compensation Fund, the manufacture continues utilizing the time-honored techniques developed by its predecessors, with re-editions of its archival designs, as well as new collections with guest artists including Ted Muehling, Michele Oka Doner, and Karl Lagerfeld, among others.

Nymphenburg COLLECTION

B LAMP B LAMP  B LAMP B LAMP  CORAL | T. MUEHLING CORAL | T. MUEHLING  LIGHTSCAPE | R. GURVICH LIGHTSCAPE | R. GURVICH  STOPPERS | NYMPHENBURG STOPPERS | NYMPHENBURG  BRANCH CANDLESTICK (L) | T. MUEHLING BRANCH CANDLESTICK (L) | T. MUEHLING  CORAL VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING CORAL VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING  VESUVIUS  | T. MUEHLING VESUVIUS | T. MUEHLING  VESUVIUS | T. MUEHLING VESUVIUS | T. MUEHLING  TULIP VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING TULIP VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING  NEST VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING NEST VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING  NEST VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING NEST VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING  MOTH VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING MOTH VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING  TULIP VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING TULIP VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING  CANDLE HOLDER | T. MUEHLING CANDLE HOLDER | T. MUEHLING  LIGHTSCAPE VASE | R. GURVICH LIGHTSCAPE VASE | R. GURVICH  CORAL VASE | T. MUEHLING CORAL VASE | T. MUEHLING  SALT&PEPPER | T. MUEHLING SALT&PEPPER | T. MUEHLING  VOLUTE BOWL | T. MUEHLING VOLUTE BOWL | T. MUEHLING  CLAM DISH | T. MUEHLING CLAM DISH | T. MUEHLING  SNAIL BOWL | T. MUEHLING SNAIL BOWL | T. MUEHLING  WING | T. MUEHLING WING | T. MUEHLING  PAINTED SKULL PAINTED SKULL  ELEPHANT TRUNK UP ELEPHANT TRUNK UP  ELEPHANT TRUNK DOWN ELEPHANT TRUNK DOWN  YOUNG ELEPHANT TRUNK UP YOUNG ELEPHANT TRUNK UP  YOUNG ELEPHANT TRUNK DOWN YOUNG ELEPHANT TRUNK DOWN  RHINOCEROS CLARA RHINOCEROS CLARA  BABY HIPPOPOTAMUS BABY HIPPOPOTAMUS  TAVOUS PEACOCK TAVOUS PEACOCK  PERCHING BIRD | T. MUEHLING PERCHING BIRD | T. MUEHLING  SPARROW SPARROW  HIPPOPOTAMUS HIPPOPOTAMUS  NUTHATCH NUTHATCH  TITMOUSE TITMOUSE  SWALLOW SWALLOW  BARN OWL BARN OWL  MONKEY MONKEY  ROBIN ROBIN  MOUSE MOUSE   HARE HARE  ELEPHANT TRUNK UP ELEPHANT TRUNK UP  YOUNG ELEPHANT TRUNK DOWN YOUNG ELEPHANT TRUNK DOWN  RHINOCEROS RHINOCEROS  HIPPOPOTAMUS HIPPOPOTAMUS  TITMOUSE TITMOUSE  COSSBILL COSSBILL  ROBIN ROBIN  NUTHATCH NUTHATCH  SISKIN SISKIN  SHRIKE SHRIKE  LINNET LINNET  SPARROW SPARROW  MOUSE MOUSE   ROSE ROSE  SMALL SKULL SMALL SKULL  MOTH VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING MOTH VOTIVE | T. MUEHLING  WING | T. MUEHLING WING | T. MUEHLING  BRANCH CANDLESTICK (S) | T. MUEHLING BRANCH CANDLESTICK (S) | T. MUEHLING  EGG VASE | T. MUEHLING EGG VASE | T. MUEHLING 

TAVOUS PEACOCK