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Ludwigsburg Residential Palace
Wash basin and pitcher made of Ludwigsburg porcelain, circa 1750. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

Ceramic showpieces from five centuriesThe ceramics museum

Unique treasures of ceramic artwork are presented in the Landesmuseum Württemberg, located on the second floor of the new central building. Taking up approximately 2000 m2, displays include Ludwigsburg porcelain as well as objects of medieval stoneware art through to 20th-century ceramic art.

Detail of a water pitcher with Grisaille enamel, circa 1810. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Andrea Rachele

Courtly table culture.

Frivolous shepherds and Venetian masquerades

The research collection of Ludwigsburg porcelain, consisting of 2,000 pieces, is a highlight. Richly decorated sets and centerpieces give an impression of the decadent splendor of courtly dining culture. Groups of figurines give a sense of the daily life lived in the Rococo period. The Landesmuseum Württemberg's large collection on display at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, includes the best examples from all of the important manufacturers of the18th and 19th century.

Maiolica bowl with images from mythology, circa 1560. Image: Landesmuseum Württemberg

Maiolica bowl with images from mythology.

Precious souvenirs from Italy

Gaudy and scarce: Italian Maiolica fills an entire exhibition room in the ceramics museum. The Landesmuseum Württemberg has the second largest collection of these crowning achievements of ceramic art in all Germany. The nearly 800 pieces are the result of Duke Carl Eugen's pronounced fondness for Italy. He purchased the pieces from art dealers in Augsburg and Nuremberg. Most are painted with figurative motifs from antiquity and the Bible.


The second largest Maiolica collection.

Children at a museum rally at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Michael Fuchs

Splendid king's vases were used as royal gifts.

From Historicism to the Modern Era

Ceramics of the 19th and 20th centuries are characterized by a wide range of different styles and techniques. Artists from the Art Nouveau to present day were especially adventurous. During that time, ornate vases were created on a royal scale in the large porcelain factories, such as Meissen, Berlin or Sèvres. They constitute some of the most impressive examples in the exhibition.

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