Founded in 1885, the three generations of the Friedrich Goldscheider company produced over 10 000 different ceramic models.
Thanks to two significant endowments, the MAK has extensive holdings of the company’s figures, masks, and ceramic art. This
exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate this popular manufacturer in the history of Viennese ceramics.
The cooperation of Friedrich Goldscheider’s sons Marcell and Walter Goldscheider with sculptors and ceramicists such as Josef
Lorenzl, Walter Bosse, Alexandre-Louis-Marie Charpentier, Dina Kuhn, Michael Powolny, Arthur Strasser, and Vally Wieselthier
greatly contributed to the success of the company. Many of them were in close contact with the Vienna Secession or the School
of Arts and Crafts and as such were able to guarantee a high artistic standard. Furthermore, Arthur Goldscheider, another
of Friedrich Goldscheider’s sons, managed to establish a prosperous sister company, La Stèle, in France.
Aryanization brought the success story of the Goldscheider company in Vienna to an abrupt end in 1938. The Goldscheider brothers
were able to set up new businesses after emigrating to the U.S.A. and England. After the Second World War, Walter Goldscheider
returned to Vienna, but in the 1950s his financial circumstances forced him to sell the license for the Goldscheider brand
to the German company Carstens, which ultimately sounded the knell for the family business. Today, Goldscheider ceramics are
collectors’ items that are sought-after around the world.
Curator: Rainald Franz, MAK Glass and Ceramics Collection
With representative holdings of ceramics from Austrian production from the sixteenth century until today, unique groups of
objects such as the legacy of the Wiener Porzellanmanufactur (Vienna Porcelain Manufactory) and the extensive collection of
tiled stoves, hafner ware, and majolica of the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The MAKs Ceramics Collection is
one of the foremost collections of its type in the world.