Ted Muehling is particularly fascinated by Nymphenburg’s masterpieces created during the rococo period. It was a style that rejected symmetry and fixed shapes. Natural-organic movements, delicately curved lines, spiralling and tendrilous ornaments instead dominated the creative work. Inspired by Nymphenburg’s creations, Muehling has produced a series of bowls, vases and lanterns entitled Maritime Collection whose curving lines refer to the shape of sea creatures: corals, shells and snails. The celadon and shell-pink painting and the interplay between the glazed and bisque porcelain emphasise the delicate nature of the objects thus produced.
|Height||18 cm/7.09 in.|
|Detail||White, biscuit/glazed (with base)|
|Length||9 cm/3.54 in.|
|Length||14 cm/5.51 in.|
It is a little as though you can really feel the slightly rough, brittle surface of a coral when you hold Ted Muehling’s delicate spoon in your hand. The haptic quality of the bisque porcelain is similar to that of the crustacean. The American designer deliberately underscores this impression by strongly orienting his work, also in formal terms, on a lifelike representation. Only the gleaming white and the glazed inner surface of the spoon bowl indicate that this is a 14-centimetre-long masterpiece of the Nymphenburg Manufactory.