Wilson Collection of Mettlach Ware

Wilson Collection of Mettlach Ware

Date:Oct 13, 2012 Ages: Price:museum entry Type:Exhibit Location:399 South Garey Ave, Pomona CA

The American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona presents the Wilson Collection of Mettlach Ware, the largest Collection in North America

October 13, 2012 – January 12, 2013


This October, the American Museum of Ceramic Art will feature an exceptional exhibition enti-tled, German Mettlach Ware (1985-1915) & Present-Day Translations. Robert & Colette Wilson, prominent collectors and enthusiasts, amassed a huge number of late 19th and early 20th century Mettlach ceramic ware over the past thirty years. Their collection of incredibly detailed and finely crafted pieces is known to be the largest collection in North America at over 3,000 pieces. Until now, the collection has been viewed only by special invitation in the Wilson’s home. The Wilsons recently donated their collection to the museum and placed it in AMOCA’s care with the purpose of sharing it with a broader audience. This fall, for the first time, the Wilson collection of Mettlach ware will be on public display at AMOCA’s new home in Pomona, CA. The exhibit will place the German pieces within the context of their social history, and bring in a contemporary component through a contrasting exhibition of contemporary artists. In addition to the Wilson collection, on display will be eight prominent ceramic artists, showing work that relates in theme, content, or technique to the vintage ceramics. German Mettlach ware dates to 1836 when a pottery founded by François Boch merged with one owned by Nicolas Villeroy to form the famous ceramic company called Villeroy & Boch. By the late 19th century, the company had seven factories, but the one at Mettlach, most famous for its production of steins, became known by the village name. Mettlach also produced plaques, vases, jardinières, and table wares, all of which are known for their intricately decorated surfaces in a variety of designs and styles.

The mission of the American Museum of Ceramic Art is to educate by presenting, collecting and preserv-ing significant ceramic achievements of the world’s cultures and promoting the development of ceramic arts.

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