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Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915

Bard Graduate Center Gallery / New York / Art

“That sideboard would be gorgeous,” a decorator once said to me, “with a display of majolica on the wall above it.” What’s majolica?, I wondered. A make-believe country? A magic spell? Turns out it’s both those things—and more. A type of English and American ceramics of the 19th century, colorful and whimsical, majolica reflects the Victorian interest in botany and zoology, the eye-popping cabinet of curiosities. The first exhibition on this subject in almost four decades, “Majolica Mania” includes approximately 350 objects. As a foretaste of the upcoming show, an online presentation, with illustrations, explores themes such as sources and styles, British and American factories, marketing, and majolica in the home. —L.J.

Bard Graduate Center Gallery 18 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024, United States
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