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Plate; hard-paste porcelain, glazed white with overglaze stencilled linear decoration in violet blue round the rim.
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Diameter: 24.40 centimetres
Height: 4.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from J. Rudoe 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950. A catalogue of the British Museum collection' 2nd ed.1994. No. 17.
The master-classes ('Meisterkurse') at the Bayerisches Gewerbe-museum in Nuremberg were set up in 1901 by Theodor von Kramer, director of the Bayerisches Gewerbemuseum, as part of the museum's brief to encourage development in all branches of the applied and industrial arts. Nuremberg was not previously a centre of reform; the government was behind the organisation of the classes in an attempt to assist the spread of artists' designs into local factories. Kramer thought highly of Behrens' work for the Darmstadt Exhibition and asked him to direct the first course, which took place from 8 October to 9 November 1901 and was attended by sixteen students. Behrens' second course took place from mid January to mid February 1902. Designs approved by the Bayerisches Gewerbemuseum received the trade mark that appears on this plate and were sold through a specially organised retail outlet in Nuremberg.
The linear decoration on this plate is inspired directly by the motifs that Behrens used in the dining-room of his Darmstadt house, to decorate both the interior itself and the matching porcelain dinner service (see Decorative Arts 1850-1950. Cat. 11). The decoration was applied to existing Hutschenreuther blanks, which could be obtained relatively cheaply. For another example of a service decorated by Krautheim & Adelberg on a Hutschenreuther blank, see Christiansen, Decorative Arts 1850-1950 Cat. 38. For Hutschenreuther, see Hohenberg, Museum der Deutschen 1989 'Porzellanindusrie 175 Jahre Hutschenreuther. Ein Beltrag zum Firmenjubilaum 1814-1989'. ed. W. Siemen.
For other pieces from the Nuremberg service, see Miami, The Wolfsonian Foundation: 'Stile Floreale: The Cult of Nature in Italian design' G. Weisberg 1988, pl. 108, cat. no. 62; sale catalogue W. Ketterer, Munich, 12 May 1989, lot 274; Dry, G. 'Nietzsche-Verehrung. Jugendstil aus München und Nürnberg' Antiquitaten-Zeitung 22/1989, 654. For further discussion on the Nuremberg master-classes, see Pese, C. 'Das Nürnberger Kunsthandwerk des Jugendstils' 'Peter Behrens und Nürnberg', exhibition catalogue, Germanisches National Museum, Nuremberg, 1980. Subsequent classes were taken by Richard Riemerschmid, Paul Haustein and Friedrich Adler.
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