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


( retrorocketgirl )

Cubist still life ceramic bowl plaque

( end of history store )

Mid-century wall art clock

Hornsea Pottery Peace dove wall plaque



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.

( AnSeTa )

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

“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.

Janine-Sopp-wall-panels-475x394“Abstract Space 4-Tile Wall Piece”  Janine Sopp wall artA7418-002l

” 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

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  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

  2. Khalil Layous
    Posted May 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm | Permalink


  3. Jeanne
    Posted January 26, 2016 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I have the set of the gypsy dancer and accordionist wall plaques. Can you tell me who the artist and/ or studio that created them? Thanks

  4. Wendy Maddox
    Posted March 28, 2016 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I have a wall installation of 5 pieces by Vallin. 3 medium size pieces and 2 large. The are done in the Etruscan style, horse, lion with bird, ram and a large centerpiece of abstract circles. The texture and colors are amazing. I cannot find anything on the artist. His signature varies in style but all are signed Vallin or B. Vallin. The carry another mark that looks like a large C surrounding an H E. I am very good at research but I am stumped. I believe these pieces to be from the 60’s. They were purchased by my grandparents from a place called Artz I believe. The sales tag is still attached. Any information regarding the artist would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Roger Schreiber
    Posted May 29, 2016 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    We have a wall grouping of three brown colors with a stamp on back of N- 14 originallly bought at k-mart for 29.97 . Thirty years ago still love them.

  6. Christiane Schneider
    Posted September 18, 2016 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for ceramic mural tiles by G. Galian (Perpignan) 1960. Can you give me some directions? Thank you.

  7. Robbie I. Hood
    Posted September 19, 2016 at 8:04 am | Permalink


  8. Josh W Plunkett
    Posted December 29, 2019 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I have recently acquired a Wall plaque that has an Abstract white, black and blue design. It is Signed P.P. on the front and the backside is marked Italy.

    Thank you for any help!

  9. Craig Howell
    Posted September 15, 2022 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I worked for Stan Bitters for a short time and his work is still being made at the age of 85. Remarkable work ethic.

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