OSTROBOTHNIAN MUSEUM Museokatu 3, 65100 Vaasa | Tel. +358 6 325 3800 Open Tue–Sun 10–17, Mondays closed. Admission fees 7/5 €, under 18s free of charge.
THE PORCELAIN ROOM
In the porcelain room on the Hedman Floor, about two hundred porcelain items are on display, with almost every well-known manufacturer of porcelain represented. Two examples are Chinese export porcelain which dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, and plates with bird motifs from French Sèvres, from the late 1700s. German ceramics are also well represented by for instance Friedrich Elias Meyer’s allegorical sculptures Spring and Autumn, made in Berlin in the 1760s; and the miniature sculpture The Crushed Eggs, made at the factory in Meissen in the 1700s.
Blue and white faience, typical of the factory in Delft, is also on exhibit, along with the Delft master Pieter Adriaensz Kocks' Chinese-inspired polychrome plates from around 1700.
New ceramic materials from England are represented by Josiah Wedgewood’s jasperware tea set from the 1790s, which was brought to Finland for the prospective king in 1918. When the plans to establish a monarchy were abandoned, the items were sold to Stockmann’s antiques department and then bought by Hedman.
The museum’s extensive collection of Russian porcelain is well represented at the exhibition. There are several items here which were made at the imperial porcelain factory for the various palaces, for example a pair of decoratively painted ornamental urns. The more recent “Revolutionary porcelain” is represented by cups and saucers from 1921.
There are also ceramic items on display in the room interiors on the Hedman Floor. For example, in the Renaissance Lounge there is Italian majolica pottery from the 16th and 17th centuries. Amongst these are ornaments from the potteries in Abruzzo, Savona and Urbino. One of the finest pieces is a sculpture from Florence depicting a praying angel. It was made in the studio of the della Robbia sculptor family sometime between 1440 and 1529.
THE MUSEUM SHOP AND CAFÉ NOVA The museum’s publications, as well as literature and postcards, Ostrobothnian craft and design products are available for purchase at the museum shop. In the café there is a wide selection of coffees, as well as soft drinks, confectionary, cakes and pastries. The museum shop and Café Nova are open during the museum's opening hours.