"White Coral" spoon


Ted Muehling ( American, 1952 )


Ted Muehling, Inc. ( American, 1979 )


Porzellan-Manufaktur Nymphenburg ( German, 1747 )

designed 2000
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General Description

Ted Muehling's fascination with a porcelain figurine in the window of a pastry shop in Munich in 1998 led him to the Porzellan-Manufaktur Nymphenburg, a small factory founded on the grounds of the Nymphenburg Palace in the 18th century. Impressed with the ideals of the manufacturer, and having developed a rapport with the managing director, Muehling designed a collection for the factory. His desire to "capture some essential and compelling quality found in nature," such as the "tactile texture of coral," was realized in the perforated White Coral spoon as well as in other objects in the collection, such as the smooth porcelain Concave cup (2005.23.2) and "Queen Ann's Lace" tea strainer in silver (2005.23.1).

Adapted from

Kevin W. Tucker, DMA unpublished material, 2005.