Our final “Your Favorite Brands” feature for this month highlights the sculpture artistry of Edward Marshall Boehm. Boehm porcelain figurines have set a standard by which all other porcelain pieces are judged. The lifelike qualities of these sculptures have to be seen to be fully appreciated – they are astounding! We offer a magnificent variety of amazingly detailed Boehm sculptures this month. Examples of these museum-quality pieces include “Gardenia,” “Wedding Rose,” “Azelea with Hosta,” and others from the Floral Sculptures pattern, “Downy Woodpeckers,” “Hummingbird on Cactus,” “Indigo Bunting” and others from the Boehm Figurines-Birds collection, “Panda-Reclining,” “Harp Seal Pup,” “Rabbit At Rest,” and others from Boehm Animals and many, many more.
The history of Boehm begins with a talented young boy who had a affinity for wildlife and art. Edward Marshall Boehm was born on August 21, 1913 in Baltimore, Maryland. Originally, Boehm studied farming at the McDonogh School in rural Maryland. At sixteen, he left the school to work as a manager at the Longacre Farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where he first began to develop a love of animals and their behaviors. After serving in World War II, Boehm married Helen Franzolin and the two moved to Long Island where Boehm worked as a veterinarian’s assistant. It is said that the Boehm’s small apartment became a menagerie of dogs, cats, tropical fish, and birds during this time. These pets were the first inspirations for Boehm’s sculptures, and his interest in these animals led him to model dogs, birds, and horses. Throughout the 1940s, Boehm immersed himself in the study of various types of ceramic glazes, colors, and the properties and permanence of color when applied to porcelain. In 1949, Boehm and his wife opened a small porcelain studio in Trenton, New Jersey. While Edward Boehm cast porcelains in Trenton, Helen Boehm relentlessly marketed her husband’s works in New York City. In 1951, the Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased a small figurine from Boehm to exhibit in the American wing of the museum. A write-up regarding the purchase appeared in “The New York Times.”
Following a successful showing of his work, Boehm’s popularity quickly grew. His Trenton studio blossomed into a beautiful estate that was marvelously appointed with plants and animals from around the globe. In 1954, Boehm presented a casting of one of his animal figurines to Mamie Eisenhower, wife of President Eisenhower. With his art being displayed at the White House, Boehm was assured a long and successful career in ceramic sculpture. By the end of the 1950s, Boehm’s work was exhibited in Buckingham Palace, the White House, and the Vatican. In 1957, the White House commissioned a work entitled “Prince Phillip On His Pony” to be presented during the historic visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip of England. After Boehm’s death in 1969, his wife continued the company they started together, and Edward Marshall Boehm Studios continued to receive recognition from royalty and heads-of-state alike. The White House commissioned a series of figurines to be presented to each of the heads of the member nations of NATO during a world tour by President Nixon. In 1981, Buckingham Palace commissioned a number of sculptures that were to be used as the table centerpieces at Princess Diana’s wedding. More recently, Boehm Studios presented Hillary Clinton with the “First Lady Hillary Clinton Rose.” At the time of the presentation to the first lady, President Bill Clinton was given the “New Generation Eagle.” Today, a wing of the Vatican Museums is fittingly named for Edward Marshall Boehm.
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