Figurines are Fun: Whimsical 18th and 19th Century Statuettes

Friday, January 27  from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


The Burgwin-Wright House Museum presents, “Figurines are Fun”, a pop-up exhibit featuring whimsical 18th and 19th Century Statuettes from the museum collection In tandem, the museum presents the opening of local photographer Mike Bryand’s show “A View of Historic Wilmington.”

Bryand’s show will remain on display until February 20. The historic items from the Burgwin-Wright House collection will be showcased on Fourth Friday Gallery Night only.


“Figurines are Fun” will feature colorful porcelain statuettes manufactured in Meissen, Germany, in the 19th century. Porcelain was referred to as ‘white gold’, and the manufacturing process was a closely guarded secret. The fanciful pieces were used by royal courts and wealthy Europeans as table centerpieces and decorations.
The showpiece of “Figurines are Fun” is a beautiful example of a rare Meissen Figurine. The delicate statue was produced in a colorful style known as Dresden porcelain, popularized in the 19th century by a revival of the Rococo st...yle of the 1700s. Originally used as a condiment stand, the figurine depicts a man in ornate 18th century dress. Clad in yellow knee britches, a lacey tunic and a jacket decorated with tiny flowers, he sits barefoot, with painted lips and a powdered wig, holding an oval serving dish between his tiny hands.

Stop in every month to see a display of one-of-a-kind 18th and 19th century objects from the Burgwin-Wright House Collection.



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