painted in 18th century style after the Munich electoral court service with bouquets and sprays of flowers and scattered insects within a shaped blue and gilt foliage border, comprising: a large and impressive centre-piece and stand, ten tazza, twelve salts, twelve double-handled sauceboats, ten circular bowls, twenty-nine kidney-shaped dishes, three square dishes, two circular deep dishes, seven oval double handled dishes, nine circular serving dishes, 189 dinner plates, forty-nine soup plates, forty-four cups and forty-nine saucers, forty-nine side plates decorated with the Hanover prancing horse
factory marks and painters numbers
Commissioned by the Landesdirektorium of the Province of Hannover for Ernst August, Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, Duke of Cumberland, and his consort, Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, on the occasion of their wedding in 1913
Schloss Gmunden (delivered in July 1920)
The Nymphenburg service ordered for the wedding of Duke Ernst August of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, Duke of Cumberland, and Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, the daughter of Emperor Wilhelm I, was one of the most splendid commissions produced by the Nymphenburg factory before the First World War. It was ordered on 15th January 1914 by the Landesdirektorium of the Province of Hannover as a wedding gift for the couple. The service - which originally comprised 698 pieces, was intended for 50 people and 11 courses - was completed by July 1918, but only able to be delivered to the couple in exile at Schloss Gmunden on 8th July 1920.
The design sources for the service included the famous Bavarian Electoral Court Service of 1760-65, a Frankenthal ornithological service, as well as contemporary designs by Josef Wackerle. Wackerele produced the first sketched designs for the centrepiece model of the Guelph Horse in 1913 (illustrated by Ziffer, Nymphenburger Moderne, see below Literature, p.249), and submitted a plate design in tempera to the factory in February 1914. The design was decided by September of that year, and the painting was executed by Gustav Unger and Arthur Oehme (Ziffer, op.cit., pp.249-50).
'Ein Prunkservice der staatlichen Porzellan-Manufaktur Nymphenburg', in Dekorativer Kunst, XXV, January 1922, pp.94ff.
Alfred Ziffer, Nymphenburger Moderne. Die Porzellan-Manufaktur im 20. Jahrhundert, p.249, no.247
Alfred Ziffer, Nymphenburger Porzellan Sammlung Bäuml, no.1371
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