Ceramic wall art, panels and plaques

Vintage 60′s Italian modernist wall plaque

Ceramic panels and plaques adorned the walls of many homes in the 50′s and 60′s and were a regular feature in decorating. During this era, contemporary design was strongly influenced by Italy, France, Scandinavia and the United States. The Italian input into home furnishings appeared early in the postwar period and their adoption of modernist/abstract styles helped define the “ contemporary look ” of this time. They added more flair to the modernist features which were already prevalent in Scandinavian design. Unconventional shapes and forms were combined with bold, striking colours so as to compliment the radical, innovative architecture that was also popular then. The ceramic panels and plaques were an ideal vehicle for expressing the characteristic geometric, modernist designs and shapes. Their generally larger size was needed to accommodate the flourishing creativity of this progressive era.

Carla-Daalderop-bruggeman-473x481 Dutch sculptress Carla Daalderop-Bruggeman

 I Am the True Vine, 1959, Prince Willem Alexander School, Tiel.

Woman bird hat ceramic plaque – Stig Lindberg

Gustavberg – Sweden

Mid Century gypsy dancer with tambourine wall panel

Mid-century gypsy with accordion wall panel

Mid Century Modern Italian Ceramic Wall Plaque

Stig Lindberg – Gustavberg


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Cubist still life ceramic bowl plaque

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Mid-century wall art clock

Hornsea Pottery Peace dove wall plaque


Lute still life gravel art panel


Lars Bergsten Mid Century ceramic plaque

Eleanor Smurova

Eleanor Smurova

Hugo Brouwer potter relief   – 1965

1960′s Italian Glazed Ceramic Wall Plaque with Lava Glaze surround and stylized girl with coloured enamel decoration.

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Large flat Africanist ceramic plate/plaque VALLAURIS 1950

signed Gabriel Fourmaintraux

Stig Lindberg


Italian vintage modernist ceramic wall plate – Ruffinelli Assisi

Spanish dancer wall plaque

This wall mural was created by Dutch artist Cor Dam for the Anne Frank School in Gouda, Netherlands.

Art Nouveau  wall plaque pair - Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Ceramic relief sculpture – Stan Bitters

Duncan Ceramic Products – Fresno,California

More recent examples of ceramic wall art :

African wall plaque -Chief and Queen

Girl in a Blue Headwrap

Ceramic Mosaic - -Ilona Brustad

Sleeping Woman with Bird Screen – Stephen Gardiner

Fig 3A

Stephen Gardiner

Thai wall art

“Framed Landscape/Face Wall Tile” - David Stalbey

Low relief carved earthenware, decorated with a wax based patina.

Two Lovers Wall Tile

Ceramic artist David Stabley has been working with clay for over 30 years. His current work is inspired by dream imagery and his desire to create fantasy situations. He is fascinated by the mysteries of the universe and inspired by works of Marc Chagall, Grant Wood, and Pablo Picasso.

I am interested in telling stories about dreams and fantasy, and inviting the viewer to participate in my work.


“Abstract Space 4-Tile Wall Piece”

 Janine Sopp wall art

” Propelling Forward ” – Janine Sopp

Ceramic artist Janine Sopp creates one-of-a-kind pieces and collections in her studio in Brooklyn, NY. She spent the first seven years of her career designing clothing and textiles. With this rich and varied experience, she traveled across Europe and Morocco, where she uncovered her deeper artistic desire of molding clay. The artist favors clay because it is a responsive medium that indulges her passion for texture and color.

Richard Bent, artist blacksmith, and Jan O’Highway, mosaic and ceramic artist.

” Nine Tiles ”  - Liza Halvorsen

Lori Katz


Thai restaurant wall plaque depicting traditional Thai village lifestyle

Photo – Ray Evans

 Winged Horse Plaque – Pegasus -Anne Shulenberger

” Here’s my winged horse plaque after its second raku firing. It was quite drab after the first firing so I painted it some more with various underglazes and glazes before putting it back into the kiln.  As you can see, unfortunately it broke in two during the process – but otherwise it turned out much better this time. “

This stylized Art Deco tile plaque features a horse and foal. Executed in the Egyptian Revival style by Walter Bosse  - Worked at the Karlsruhe pottery and produced fanciful animal forms. 1930′s

Wall tile – Kate Reynolds

Abstract ceramic wall plaque

French Canadian artist Denise Cantin – 70′s

Huge three story mid-century styled wall mosaic located in Munich; artist unknown.


The Fall of Icarus – Picasso

Commissioned in 1957, the trapezoid-shaped mural is located in the main hall of the conference building at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

THE composition had to be cut in order to fit the architectural structure of the hall, which is why Picasso’s signature is missing, and at the time Unesco thought the mural was too modern.

The 40 panel mural was initially titled “The Forces of Life and the Spirit Triumphing over Evil”, but was renamed in 1958 by George Salles, who gave the mural its current title, “The Fall of Icarus”.

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Pablo Picasso 

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Mid-Century Mosaic Wall Art

Mid-Century Mosaic Wall Art

German ceramicist Marianne Starck

German ceramicist Marianne Starck


Roger Capron – Soleil 1

Doyle Lane Clay Assemblage

Doyle Lane -Clay Assemblage

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Querubim Lapa – Comptoir Suisse, 1957

Jose Renau - Halle Neustadt, Germany

Jose Renau – Halle Neustadt, Germany

Over 10 story high abstract ceramic mosaic mural.

modern ceramic tiles panel

Mid-Century modern ceramic tiles panel


Winking at Reality by Mary-Ann Prack 1993 – Glazed Ceramic Wall Sculpture

Laura McCaul,-Nuthatch

Laura McCaul, Nuthatch. Blackware

Maurice Beane Art and Design

Ugo Lucerni - Girl With Yellow Flower 

mid_century jester wall art

Mid-century jester calypso wall art - Turner Mnf.Co

Raul Coronel Miles mural

Raul Coronel Miles mural


Raul Coronel Miles mural

The 70 ft long mural was fabricated in Coronel’s California studio and shipped to Elkhart, Indiana where it was installed by ceramist Brent Bennett in the cafeteria of the “Bayer Building” in 1966.

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Alexander The Great – Valsamakis Panos wall art


Helmut Schäffenacker, Germany

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Schaffenacker ''Wall Keramik''

Schaffenacker ”Wall Keramik”, Germany

Helmut Schaffenacker

Helmut Schaffenacker

Ejvind Nielsen

Ejvind Nielsen

Bing & Grondahl wall art panel

Bing & Grondahl wall art panel

Buddha wall plaque

Buddha wall plaque


50′s Italian wall plaque with a lava glaze background.

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Ego Lucerni girl with starfish

Ego Lucerni –  Girl with starfish


Stig Lindberg Gustavsberg ceramic wall art

Stig Lindberg Gustavsberg ceramic wall art

Ugo Lucerni Europa and the Bull ceramic

Ugo Lucerni – Europa and the Bull ceramic wall panel


Renate Rhein wall panel for Roenthal

‘Still Life’ - Renate Rhein wall panel for Roenthal


Abstract Street Face

Brazillian artist Andre Muniz Gonzaga

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1 Comment

  1. Johan Ericsson
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I have à ceramic plate with the same motive as “Dancing Gypsy” above. Who has manufactured that? On my plate it says Viker Germany. I am not sure about Viker?
    Best regards
    Johan Ericsson

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