MUNTHE, Gerhard
(b. 1849, Skanshagen at Elverum, d. 1929, Baerum)


1892 (design)
Porcelain, glazed, hand-painted
Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo

The dinner service, to which the plate belongs, was manufactured by Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik AS between 1893 and 1911.

Although Gerhard Munthe (1849-1929) is probably best known as a painter, his most original contributions were in the areas of design and interior decoration.

In 1891, Gerhard Munthe said that Norway's national industry did not incorporate any uniquely Norwegian pattern but had borrowed everything from somewhere else. This "drew my attention to industry", Munthe said, and he went on to create over eighty different designs for wallpaper, textiles, porcelain and graphic art. He later expanded his repertoire to encompass furniture, silver, book bindings, illustrations, typefaces and bookplates.

Later works in tapestry, silver, woodcarving and porcelain were modelled on many of the vignettes Munthe created for Heimskringla. The Porsgrunds porcelain factory employed many of his vignettes on platters and vases.

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