Hermann GRADLROYAL BAVARIAN PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY, Platter from the 'Fish service' Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Hermann GRADL

Dillingen, Germany 1869 – Landsberg am Lech, Germany 1934



Nymphenburg, Bavaria, Germany commenced 1747 – 1918

manufacturer (organisation)

Platter from the 'Fish service' c.1900
Collection Title: The 'Fish service'
Place made: Nymphenburg, Munich, Bavaria, Oberbayern, Germany
Materials & Technique: ceramics, platters, glazed porcelain porcelain with painted underglaze decoration

Primary Insc: Printed on the base in blue with the factory mark of the Koniglich Bayerische Porzellan-Manufaktur, Nymphenburg; impresssed shield above impressed number, '688'; painted in overglaze black, 'O.(L)'
Dimensions: 4.9 h x 61.6 w x 29.6 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.1521.7

This platter is from a service designed for the fish course of a dinner, each piece depicting a different fish or crustacean. It was produced during the first period of the Munich Secession (established in 1892), in which new German design, known as Jugendstil, was influenced by the pervasive European style of Art Nouveau. It was characterised by its use of fluid forms and designs based on the imagery of the natural world. These influences, along with that of the Japanese porcelains being seen in Europe in the late 19th century, were reflected in ceramic design such as this Fish service.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design