European Handmade Porcelain
Villeroy & Boch (1748)
From the tiles in New York’s Holland Tunnel and on the Titanic and to custom dinnerware on the Orient Express trains and at the Vatican, Villeroy & Boch has surely left its mark on history. Maintaining its high-profile today, Villeroy & Boch products have been used TV shows and movies, such as House of Cards, American Horror Story and Ocean’s Eleven.
Villeroy & Boch is a trusted international lifestyle brand, offering sophisticated tabletop and home décor products that showcase European design and expertise in ceramic production. Family-owned since 1748, it is one of the largest producers of premium porcelain and ceramic products worldwide.
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918 - 2006)
Danish painter, designer and artist in ceramics, silver, bronze, textiles, and graphics. Educated at the Royal Academy of Arts Copenhagen, Bjørn started working with ceramics at Lars Sybergs Studio. Later he opened his own workshop in 1952.
Globally acclaimed as painter, stage and poster designer, designer of tapestry, pottery, metal wear and ceramics. He is regarded as one of the most imaginative and versatile artists.
Characteristics of Wiinblad’s work include whimsical round-faced people, dressed in vaguely 19th century costume. They are often surrounded by natural elements; twining vines, floral wreaths, and fantastical trees. When Wiinblad employed colour, he did so with great assurance. His colour choice is saturated and strong, sometimes almost psychedelic and often supplemented with gold or silver tones.
Museums around the world have Wiinblad’s work in their collections. Among these are the V&A in London, MOMA in New York and Stockholm’s National Museum. His large series of ceramics and tapestries have been used for hotel decorations in Japan and the US. For the World Trade Center in Dallas he designed a large Scheherazade tapestry styled from the Arabian Nights.
Wagner & Apel (1877)
Located in Lippelsdorf, a tiny village in the Thuringian Forest, W&A has been run by the Wagner family since 1877. Their line of exquisite, fine porcelain figurines gained fame throughout Germany in the early part of the century. All the figures were designed exclusively for the company and hand-painted, as they still are.
Today, “Wagner & Apel 1877″ carries on its proud tradition with a staff of only 15 people. The small output and high quality of the product makes the line extremely collectible. Pieces are marked with the W&A blue bottom-stamp.