Pictured: Villeroy and Boch, design by Theodor Eyrich/Peter Winkel, View of the town of Mettlach, Villeroy & Boch Mosaik, Steinzeug u. Sanitärfabrik, Schloss Ziegelberg & Saareck, Church of St. Lutwin, alter Turm, bridge crossing Saar river in 1886, c. 1890. Delft painted ceramic with wood frame (modern), Gift of Bob and Colette Wilson. 
On View:September 9, 2023–June 30, 2025
Public Reception:Saturday, September 9, 2023, 4:00–6:00 PM 

A Traveler’s Guide to Mettlach: Villeroy and Boch – Exhibition Overview

A Traveler’s Guide to Mettlach: Villeroy and Boch showcases everyday life in the 1800s Mettlach, Germany. Scenes of everyday life in Mettlach have been documented and celebrated by Villeroy and Boch, a ceramic production company founded in 1836 when Jean François Boch and Nicolas Villeroy merged their ceramic businesses into what is now known as Villeroy and Boch.

The workers of the Mettlach factory came from diverse backgrounds, including art studios, archives, and museums. The varied backgrounds of the factory workers contributed to the artistic achievements of the Villeroy and Boch company. The Mettlach collection reflects German cultural experiences, societal interpretations, and mythology.

This exhibition shows scenes of love and relationships as well as larger themes of fantasy, offering an all-encompassing snapshot of the myriad facets of human life within Mettlach. A Traveler’s Guide to Mettlach, on view in the Robert and Colette Wilson Gallery through June 2025, presents concepts of life, laughter, relationships, and the day-to-day existence of the German people.

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