Types of Stoneware

Mettlacher ceramic elements and its manufacturing techniques

Historism shaped the art in the second half of the 19th century. Stylistic elements from the classical work of art , the Middle Ages , from the art of the 15th - 18th century tooked center stage of artistic creation and addressed exactly the feelings of the people of that time.

In addition, the Middle East (the mysterious Orient) and, above all, Japan had a great influence on the Western European artists and the stylistic elements were incorporated into their own creations. Until the World Exposition of London in 1851 the influence from Asia was rather insignificant. After that, European artists began to copy and imitate this art eagerly.

The Islamic stylistic elements with their expressive patterns and colorful glazes were also a sensation for Western Europe. It is therefore not surprising that this enthusiasm also came to Mettlach and found its way into the ceramics. Thus, many details of Mettlacher products such as dragon handles and elephant trunks, certain body postures and gestures of persons as well as cherry blossom branches are arranged in an "Oriental expression".

Mettlach was not at that time as famous as the metropolises of the art scene - Munich , Darmstadt , Berlin , Paris or Brussels . One can nevertheless notice that from the beginning Mettlach followed historicism in the production of ceramics. The produced ceramic products were not only technically perfect but also valuable expressions of stylistic and artistic values of this era.

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