Throughout the Altonaer Museum there are many ceramics to be found,
because, from the 17th to the 20th century, there were so many potteries
and faience producers manufacturing crockery, stoves, tiles and
decorative objects in Northern Germany, the Baltic area and the
In the 17 original farmer’s parlours, attention must be drawn to the tiling with which well-off home and farm owners, captains and sailors decorated their “best room”. The tiles are painted with biblical themes, pastoral scenes, landscapes and animals and with repeat or wallpaper designs in blue and white, manganese purple or in bright colours.
Usually manufactured in the Netherlands and North Frisia, the tiles were a valuable and easy to care for wall decoration which also protected the walls from damp from the outside. The wide variety of the tiles from the 17th to the 19th century is also shown in the museum with a systematic collection of boxes of tiles which are to be found in the stairway. There are also grand ornamental tiles and tiles depicting children playing, crafts and trades, soldiers, ships and marine animals, together with large valuable tile tableaus demonstrating the changing tastes and fashions of the times.
The Altonaer Museum takes part in the project “Ton-Spuren. Keramik in
Nord- und Mitteldeutschland”.
Mehr Informationen unter: www.keramik-spuren.de