Swimwear for Summer

Rainy days in Florida bring visitors flocking to WMODA. When you can’t sunbathe in your new swimsuit you can enjoy the beach fashions of your parents and grandparents in our Flair for Fashion exhibition. This popular show will close at the end of the summer so don’t take a rain

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Proud as a Peacock

This gorgeous porcelain peacock by Nymphenburg is one of the latest acquisitions at WMODA. In the late 19th century, the peacock became an icon of the Aesthetic movement, which emphasized the importance of art above everything else in daily life. “Art for art’s sake” was the credo of the aesthetes

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Wiener Museum Him Von Seewitz

A Passion for Porcelain

The incredible Farin collection of European porcelain is now at WMODA and highlights will be going on display over the next few months. During our research, we were fascinated by the number of Rosenthal figures inspired by German avant-garde dancers in the early 20th century. The decadent cabaret life in Weimer

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Wiener Museum Mistress Ford

A Golden Opportunity

Mistress Ford plaque The WMODA archive features original artwork and other fascinating source material for research into ceramic art so let us know if you can help us build our reference library. A watercolor design for this striking Wedgwood Shakespearean wall plaque is a recent discovery. Two watercolor designs, depicting

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Man or Mouse?

When mice invaded Doulton’s Lambeth studio, sculptor George Tinworth didn’t trap them as normal. Instead he watched their antics and visualized them in human situations. As light relief from his monumental religious sculptures, he modeled little salt-glazed stoneware “humoresques” as he called them, which served as paperweights and menu holders.

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A Spellbinding Character

In Museum Month, it is interesting to reflect how the remarkable Wiener museum came about. Back in 1965, Arthur Wiener was a young college graduate and he traveled to London armed with Frommer’s seminal Europe on $5 a day. He blew his daily budget on a Royal Doulton character jug of

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Flappers, Vamps & Divas

During Michael Doulton’s visit to WMODA on March 31st, Louise Irvine gave a presentation on Flappers, Vamps & Divas celebrating all the beautiful women of the Jazz Age who were portrayed by Royal Doulton, Goldsheider, Lenci and other leading porcelain factories. The talk was so well received that Louise will

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Clarice Cliff at work

Women at WMODA

The British ceramics industry has been a major employer of women for centuries. Initially they worked as menial assistants to men but gradually some were recognized as artists and designers. Two of the most famous design divas of the Art Deco era were celebrated in the recent WMODA lecture on

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Cabaret Star

The latest addition to our Stage & Screen exhibition is this striking Korean Dancer, which was modeled by Constantin Holzer-Defanti for Rosenthal in 1918. The sculptor was inspired by a postcard of cabaret star Anita Berber, who was famous for her burlesque performances in Weimer Germany. Anita Berber’s career at

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Cupid is Coming!

As Valentine’s Day approaches on February 14th, we are inundated with cards depicting Cupid, armed with his bow and arrow to find his mark and inspire true love. Less familiar today are the images of Cupid riding on a dolphin that prevailed in classical art. In ancient mythology, Cupid was

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