To describe this composition merely as a vase would be sacrilege. Instead, the Chinese lady’s delicate, narrow face, the artfully coiffed hair, the graceful posture and the drape of her robes reveal that the creator of this group of Chinese figures must have been a master craftsman. Conrad Linck was indeed one of the foremost model makers of his time. Many of his pieces, which he also designed for Porzellan Manufaktur Frankenthal, are still produced to this day in Nymphenburg.
From terrifying monsters to irresistible beauties, man has devised all sorts of creatures that might arise from lakes or oceans. In Ludig Tischler’s world, it was a small mermaid in 1899 that made the breakthrough – for herself and the porcelain model maker alike. Seated astride a dolphin, she pierces the crests of the wave to adorn our tables. Growing from a flat relief into a fully formed sculpture, the idyllic ocean setting with the figure of the naked maiden comes to dominate the egg-shaped vase while being in complete harmony with the vessel's shape.