“Art Nouveau Amphora” at Figge Art Museum, Davenport – until June 16


Today the Lewis Gallery at the Figge Art Museum opens the new exhibition Art Nouveau Amphora that will be on display until June 16. The museum is located in Davenport, just 246km (or 153 miles) from Chicago.

The exhibit is a collection of magnificent works of artistic pottery displaying sinuous plants, elegant women, youthful maidens, bizarre mythical beasts, venomous dragons, and other from the late-19th and early-20th Centuries. The works demonstrate the shifting tastes and artistic styles of Art Nouveau with its striking glazes and gold accents.

Amphora’s goal was to create luxury porcelain objects, and a collection from the company received the highest award at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the same year it received the Gold Medal at the San Francisco Exhibition.

In 1894 and 1895 Amphora opened a second and third factories producing terracotta and faience items, and production in the US and Europe raised. Starting in the late 1890s, the Art Nouveau style was evident in the designs of Eduard Stellmacher and Paul Dachsel, and Amphora collections received countless awards until 1904.

Art Nouveau Amphora will be on display with regular museum hours Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays) and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free with $4-7 museum entrance.

On May 6 at 18:30 the author and collector Byron Vreeland will speak about the exhibition.

Figge’s Art Museum was formed in 1925. Originally it was a collection of European, American, and Spanish Viceregal art has grown to include works by American Regionalist artists, an extensive collection of Haitian art, and contemporary works, housed in a landmark glass building on the banks of the Mississippi.

For more information about the exhibit CLICK HERE (museum site).