"Winter" - Candleholder from "Four Seasons"

Designed by Hella Jongerius, Dutch, born 1963. Made by Nymphenburg porcelain factory, Nymphenburg, Germany, 1747 - present.

Geography:
Made in Nymphenburg, Germany, Europe

Date:
2007

Medium:
Hand-painted porcelain

Dimensions:
5 x 8 inches (12.7 x 20.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2010-59-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund, 2010

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art Handbook (2014 Edition)

    Like other historical European porcelain factories over the last decade, the Nymphenburg manufactory has invited talented contemporary artists, such as Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, to update its production. Known for using traditional forms and techniques in innovative ways, Jongerius was given access to Nymphenburg’s vast archives, including hundreds of molds and paint formulas developed by the factory over its long history. For her Four Seasons series, she was inspired by eighteenth-century master modeler Dominikus Auliczek’s set of four mythological figures representing the seasons—Hercules for winter, Flora for spring, Ceres for summer, and Bacchus for autumn. Jongerius had casts made of each figure’s head, which then were decorated with appropriate seasonal attributes and whimsically applied to everyday objects—the head of Hercules to a candleholder, Flora to a hand mirror, Ceres to a teapot, and Bacchus to a wine jug. By combining traditional forms in unconventional ways, Jongerius has blurred the boundaries between past and present. Kathryn Bloom Hiesinger, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014, pp. 420–421.