The City of Prague Museum

The Fragile Beauty of Prague Stoneware

The Fragile Beauty of Prague Stoneware

Out of the Museum Buildings, Troja Chateau, U Trojského zámku 4/1, Prague 7 – Troja

1. 4. 2016 – 30. 10. 2016

The exhibition presents a unique collection of Prague stoneware, enshrined by the City of Prague Museum, which was once part of every burgher’s household, imitating the appearance and certain qualities of the porcelain ware of the nobles.

The Prague fine stoneware factory, founded by four burghers of Prague on Na Poříčí Street in 1791, was the first one of its kind in Bohemia. It produced dining and drinking sets at affordable prices, decorated with genre paintings, romantic landscapes, and figures of saints. On a small scale, the factory also produced stoneware figures with topics from history, mythology, and Mozart’s operas. Figurative stoneware is closely connected with a talented modeler Jan Votýpka who worked for the Prague manufacture for a short, yet not inconsiderable time.

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