Stunning vibrant flowers (that never wilt or lose their color) and beautiful birds (that never roam from their perch) are specialties of Boehm Porcelain, one of the world’s most famous makers of floral, wildlife and religious porcelain sculptures.
Other than at its Trenton, N.J., showroom, it’s rare to see more than a few at a time in one location. But now through April 14, more than 60 early works from the Boehm workshop are on view at the Mark Twain Library in Redding.
All the works are from the private collection of KT Carter, whose wildlife photography exhibit, “Birds of Winter,” also is on display.
Edward Marshall Boehm (1913-1965) was a self-taught American sculptor who achieved enormous fame and success during his lifetime for his porcelain designs.
His company continues in the same Trenton studio that he founded in 1950; http://boehmporcelain.com. Many of the works sell for thousands of dollars.
From the White House to the Vatican, Boehm Porcelain is renowned. Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev and every U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower has collected Boehm, according to its website, which noted that such museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hermitage in Moscow and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., are among its prominent patrons.
“Boehm porcelain is the only American art form to have two dedicated rooms in the Vatican Museum in Rome,” the website reports. June Miles, who is affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, is show curator.
“The exhibit is a wonderful opportunity” to see these exquisite pieces, said collector Carter.
The Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Road, Redding. Hours are Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon -5 p.m. Free. 203-938-2545.
— Phyllis A.S. Boros