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From the Collection–Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Two-Handled Urn

Last week, we looked an amazing example of large-scale Meissen porcelain sculpture.  This time, we’ll look at another beautiful work of Meissen, this two-handled urn. This sizable object has a great presence (it’s about a foot tall).  What immediately draws … Continue reading

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From the Collection–G. H. van Hengel, Jr., Chandelier

This fantastic chandelier is currently on view in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s east galleria.  It hangs there to represent the European collections in our reinstallation display–and I think that is does a great job! Dating to the early 18th century, … Continue reading

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From the Collection–Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Augustus III, King of Poland

Believe it or not, this imposing sculpture is made out of a material that we usually associate with teacups and figurines for our end tables.  That’s right–this two-and-a-half feet tall man is made out of porcelain! But it’s not just … Continue reading

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German Tankards and Steins: Part 8–Character Steins

Ready for some more laughs? In this post, we’ll be looking at more German steins meant to be amusing. The industrial revolution of the nineteenth century meant that more goods could be produced quickly and more people could afford those … Continue reading

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German Tankards and Steins: Part 7–Humorous Mettlach

Drinking games have long been a source of entertainment.  One only has to look at the proliferation of puzzle jugs dating back to the sixteenth century to see this.

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