Pottery, Faience, Majolica


Ein seltenes Exponat: der SaurüsselThis section, newly designed in 2002, gives information about three different fascinating ways of making ceramics in the town and its region. There is the rural pottery, which has its origin in the Middle Ages, the faience of Carl Theodor's workshop and the majolica produced in Friedrich Nerbel's oven factory from the days of industrialization.

Kurfürst Carl Theodor, Gründer der Mosbacher Fayencenmanufaktur

• rural and artistic

The Nerbel sample collection (1872-1985) containing about 300 different pieces is the main part of the exhibition. It completes the museum's faience collection produced in Carl Theodor`s (1770-1836) workshop.

Together with the rural ceramic exhibits used by the common people in everyday life the ceramic collection is topped off.



Vitrine mit Exponaten • Modern presentation

The production process of everyday crockery with its various steps is shown in modern bright rooms, as well as the table culture of the 18th century and the decorative ceramics of the 19th and 20th centuries.

One can see various stages of pottery production where every single piece is produced individually. There are also original shelves, a workbench, and floorboards from the mould storage room of the majolica factory. Numerous plaster moulds, which were saved from decay, show the serial and industrial production of many identical items.

 • Colourful world

On display are simple dishes, humorous tiles and "best-sellers" from the 1970s. The items cover a wide range; now and then they are also the cause of surprises. 

Eine ScherzkachelEine ScherzkachelProducts from the most important German faience workshops of the 18th century served as templates for jugs of all shapes as well as decorative tiles from the era of historism. Moreover there are bowls, vases and ceramic figures designed by local artists from the times of the Art Deco up to the 1970s.

There are also examples of monuments and of the decoration of the facades of buildings.

Together with the description of the social, economic and cultural backgrounds a visit to this collection becomes a fascinating journey through the colorful world of ceramics.