Poland, since 1790
Originally designed in the late Fifties and early Sixties, these monochrome birds and animals were made in the historic factory in Cmielow in Poland where porcelain has been in production since 1790.
After a break in production of nearly forty years the present owners have literally recovered the original moulds from the basement. Some are sadly beyond rescue but others have been saved, needing some twenty years for this process to be completed. Indeed the employee responsible for the repair work, Czeslaw Wosiek who has worked in the Cmielow porcelain factory for almost fifty years, has recently been awarded a medal by the Polish government for his services to the Art and Culture of the country.
Undoubtedly inspired by the work of Picasso and Henry Moore the Cmielow Collection includes stylish cats, elegant giraffes, and streamlined birds amongst others. Every piece is carefully hand made in the finest porcelain before being decorated again by hand. Each one is numbered and comes complete with a certificate of authenticity showing the sculpture number, the year of the original design and the name of the sculptor.
The sculptors who created the designs originally in Cmielow have spread throughout the world and become famous in their own right. They include one of the founders of the Emotionalism art movement Lubomiren Tomaszewski, Hanna Orthwein, Henryk Jedrasiak & Mieczyslaw Naruszewicz.