Majolica Mania Transnational Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915 Susan Weber, Eleanor Hughes, Catherine Arbuthnott, Paul Atterbury, Gaye Blake-Roberts, Claire Blakey, Jo Briggs, Julius Bryant, Miranda Goodby, Caroline Hannah, Kathleen Eagen Johnson, Martin P. Levy, Earl Martin, Laura Microulis, Ben Miller, Sequoia Miller, Rebecca Wallis

Publication date:
14 Apr 2020
Bard Center
888 pages: 305 x 241mm
1,200 color + b-w illus.
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Colorful, wildly imaginative, and technically innovative, majolica was functional and aesthetic ceramic ware. Its subject matter reflects a range of 19th-century preoccupations, from botany and zoology to popular humor and the macabre. Majolica Mania examines the medium’s considerable impact, from wares used in domestic settings to monumental pieces at the World’s Fairs. Essays by international  experts address the extensive output of the originators and manufacturers in England—including Minton, Wedgwood, and George Jones—and the migration of English craftsmen to the U.S. New research including information on important American makers in New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia is also featured. Fully illustrated, the book is enlivened by new photography of pieces from major museums and private collections in the U.S. and Great Britain.

Susan Weber is director and founder of the Bard Graduate Center.

Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
(April 27–August 9, 2020)

Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York
(September 25, 2020–January 3, 2021)