Faces & Flowers: Painting on Lenox China

  • CHARLOTTE, North Carolina
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  • July 16, 2009

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Innocence Plate Artist: Bruno Geye
Mint Museum of Art

Faces & Flowers: Painting on Lenox China, at the Mint Museum of Art, Sat, Aug 22, 2009 - Sat, Jan 30, 2010

Lenox china is often referred to as America’s greatest porcelain. The Mint Museum's exhibition features more than 70 objects, including plates, vases and decorative wares with exquisite paintings of orchids, figures, idealized women and landscapes.

Faces & Flowers highlights the remarkable talents of Lenox’s china painters, with works made by the firm’s leading artists for some of America’s foremost citizens, including orchid fancier Charles G. Roebling and Newark industrialist Franklin Murphy, who was governor of New Jersey from 1902 to 1905.

Walter Scott Lenox started the Ceramic Art Company in 1889 in Trenton, New Jersey (becoming Lenox China in 1906), with the ambition to achieve “the perfection of American porcelain.” To achieve his goal, Lenox hired the premier European and American porcelain painters of his time, including Bruno Geyer (Austrian, active late 19th – early 20th century), William Morley (British, circa 1869-1934), and Sturgis Laurence (American, 1870-1961). The quality and creativity shown in the wares from Ceramic Art Company/Lenox China surpassed the best porcelain produced in Europe at the time and enabled Lenox China to make its mark internationally. The company developed such a loyal following that it became the first American china to be used in the White House (during Woodrow Wilson’s administration).

The exhibition is organized and distributed by the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia. It appears at The Mint Museum thanks to the generous support of the Delhom Service League. An illustrated catalogue with an essay by the exhibition's curator Ellen Denker an independent scholar, is available for purchase in the Museum Shops.

For more information, see the Mint Wiki for authoritative online resource links, artist audio and video files, and catalog links to print resources. The Mint Museum Library creates and maintains the Mint Wiki.

Brian Gallagher
Mint Museum

Mint Museum of Art
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Charlotte, North Carolina

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