The exhibition’s title is the same as that of the exhibition on English and American majolica from 1850-1915 opening this month at the Bard Graduate Centre in New York and later at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
Vauclair’s show focuses on the highly decorative earthenwares produced in factories such as Minton, George Jones, Sarreguemines, Choisy-le-Roi and the Massier brothers with prices at the exhibition ranging from €2000-40,000.
These often dramatic, and boldly colourful pieces were showcased at the wealth of international trade shows and exhibitions that were staged in the 19th century and proved highly popular. Among the works on show at Galerie Vauclair will be a c.1870 vase fashioned as a cockatoo with outstretched wings perched on a bamboo stem.
The naturalistically modelled and coloured piece is a signature work from the Brownfield & Sons factory in Staffordshire which produced wares of this type between 1870-80.