This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the development of Jugendstil around 1900 in Bavaria's leading industrial city. More than two hundred and fifty objects from all areas of the decorative and applied arts illustrate the internationally significant range of "Nuremberg Jugendstil". Nuremberg Jugendstil used a broad variety of materials and its decoration is richly diverse. The focus was on metalworking, yet in addition to cast pewter, bronze, chased copper and silver, there was ivory and wood carving. Jewellery, textiles and ceramics complete the picture. What were known as 'art faiences' produced by the firm of Johann von Schwarz are among the best of the fine Jugendstil ceramics made in Germany. Five introductory chapters analyse the conditions under which the new stylistic movement emerged. It turns out that influences from abroad were just as important as the 'typically German' organisation of the apprenticeship system. Opening up markets for Nuremberg Jugendstil abroad also promoted the influence of international design, especially from Great Britain, on Nuremberg Jugendstil.
A selection of designers include: Friedrich Adler, Peter Behrens, Rudolf Bosselt, Hans Christiansen, James Couper, Hermann Friling, Hermann Gradl, Paul Haustein, Josef Hoffmann, George Logan, Johann Lotz Witwe, Carl Sigmund Luber, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Bruno Paul, Richard Riemerschmid, Josef Wackerle, and Vilmos Zsolnay. A selection of workshops include: Gebr. Bing AG, Brand and Stauch, Felsenstein and Mainzer, J. F. P. Hausleiter, Franz Kainzinger, Emil Kellermann, Hans Knorr, Daniel Meinecke, Friedrich Muller, Valentin Oeckler, Walter Scherf and Co., Georg Friedrich Schmitt, Christian Schonamsgruber, J. von Schwarz, Ferdinand Semmelroth, Erhard Topf, Emma Volck, and J. C. Wich.