National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus


Collection "Ceramics " is one of the largest and most representative collections in the National Historical Museum of Belarus, numbering 3720 units of corpus and 449 accessory items (as of 2010).

Collection reflects to some extent the history of pottery, handicraft technology development and industrial production of ceramics in Belarus during the 20th century. It presents the various forms of ceramics: household tableware, decorations for houses and fine examples of arts and crafts. Ceramics collection by its chronological order of creation can be divided into two parts: the items of the first half of the 20th century and that of 1950 to early 1990s. The collection presents the most famous pottery centres, once existed in Belarusian locations such as Haradnaja, Stolin district, Brest region; Ivianiec and Rakaŭ in Minsk Region, Dubroŭna in Viciebsk region, etc. The most interesting are pottery of the famous potters A. Takareuski, I. Hembitski, A. Trayanouski, N. Kuzminava, V. Tatarys, M. Simankou, I. Shopik, N. Naumovich, et al.

A significant amount of the museum collection consists of product specimens of ceramic enterprises in Ivianiec, Radaškovičy, Mazyr which allows demonstrating the achievements of ceramic production in the last decades.

The collection of items of Minsk and Dobruš porcelain plants includes works of the following authors: V. Leantovich, L. Bahdanau, H. Litvinenka, A. Fedus, V. and L. Kavalchuk, L. and M. Hatalski and others, as well as serial product specimens of these enterprises since the first days of their existence.

The collection of Russian Empire porcelain of the 18th-19th centuries is not numerous. It includes some specimens (vases, dinner and tea sets, plateaus, sculpture, etc.) of the Imperial porcelain plant and also porcelain plants of F. Gardner, A. Popov, M. Kuznetsov, etc.