Dillingen, Germany 1869 – Landsberg am Lech, Germany 1934
Nymphenburg, Bavaria, Germany commenced 1747 – 1918
Platter from the 'Fish service'
Collection Title: The 'Fish service'
Place made: Nymphenburg, Munich, Bavaria, Oberbayern, Germany
Materials & Technique: ceramics, platters, glazed porcelain porcelain with painted underglaze decoration
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