From its invention by the Minton factory in the late 1840s, the taste for historiated and brightly glazed wares known as majolica quickly spread to other manufactories around the world, stimulated by their success at the international exhibitions. This conference sets out to examine the production of late 19th- and early 20th-century majolica as a global phenomenon and to explore aspects of its manufacture, marketing, consumption and taste from an international perspective. It is the intention of the conference that a comparative approach to majolica production in Britain, France, Scandinavia, Hungary, Portugal and America will illuminate not only the history of majolica itself, but its wider place within contemporary national and international cultural debates about design and taste in the age of industrialization.


9:30am
Susan Weber
Founder and Director, Bard Graduate Center
“Welcome”



Andrew Morrall
Bard Graduate Center
“Introduction”


9:45am
Rebecca Wallis
Curator, Ceramics and Glass Section, Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass, The Victoria and Albert Museum
“Majolica and the South Kensington Museum”


10:15am
Oliva Rucellai
Museum Curator, Museo Richard-Ginori della Manifattura di Doccia, Sesto Fiorentino (Florence)
“Maiolica Made in Italy: Renaissance Revival from Forgery to Eclecticism”

10:45am
Coffee Break

11am
Yassana Croizat-Glazer
Independent Researcher
“Fueling the Fire of Invention: The Myths of Bernard Palissy”


11:30am
Cristina Ramos e Horta
Senior Curator, Museu de Cerâmica, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
“The Work of Portuguese ‘Neo-Palissy’ Ceramist Manuel Mafra (1831-1905) and the Great World’s Fair Exhibitions of the 19th Century”


12pm
Panel Discussion


12:30pm
Lunch Break

2pm
Susan Weber
Founder and Director, Bard Graduate Center
“Swedish Majolica: Rorstrand and Gustavsberg”


2:30pm
Orsolya Kovács
Curator, Collection of Applied Arts, Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs, Hungary
“The Imitation and Adaptation as Ground of Aesthetical Revival: The Zsolnay Ceramic at the End of the 19th Century”


3pm
Coffee Break

3:15pm
David L. Barquist
The H. Richard Dietrich, Jr., Curator of Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art
“American Majolica, 1870-1900”


3:45pm
Arthur Mehlstäubler
Art Historian, Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe
“The Majolica Manufacture of the Grand Duke of Baden in Karlsruhe, Germany: The First 30 Years, 1901-1931”


4:15pm
Panel Discussion


4:45pm
Reception


RSVP is required.

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