The White Gold – Porcelain Collection at the Querini Stampalia di Venezia

porcellane_04Statues, cups and little plates, tea, coffee and chocolate services from the Eighteenth to the Nineteenth Century, hatching the “perfume of a past period”, rebuild the taste of the world that has thought and produced them, making you enjoy the magic of a time, now far away.

They are almost 200 pieces realised from the most important European manufactures of Porcelain, which belong to the Marton Museum of Samobor in Croatia and in exhibition in the rooms of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia di Venezia museum until March 27th 2011.

Real masterpieces of common use which enrich the collection of a Venetian patrician house of the XVIIIth century. “The enchantement of the white gold. Porcelains from the Marton Museum”, organised by the Fondazione Querini Stampalia di Venezia and the Marton Museum, exposes a selection of the most precious porcelains of the Croatian collection. Founded in 2003 by the entrepreneur Veliko Marton, the Marton Museum conserves more than one thousand works: paintings, furniture, silver, clocks, Bohemian glass and a very rich collection of porcelains from the Eighteenth to the Nineteenth Century: from Sèvres to Saint Petersburg, From Meissen to Paris, Vezzi or Doccia, with a predilection for Vienna.

From the collection of “Viennese Porcelains” you will be alble to admire objects from the Austrian manufacture from the period of Du Paquier and Marie Therese. During the reign of the first woman Imperator of the Holy Roman Empire, the life at the court reached its apogee, pervaded by the Tardif baroque and rococo spirit and by the beginning of the Enlightenment period. The duality and the suavity of the porcelain were perfect to express the trait of festivity of the Rococo style: the splendid statues destined to the interior design and seventeenth century tables are the perfect testimonies. All of them are stored at the Marton Museum and exposed in the Querini Stampalia Collection, real miniatures masterpieces.

From the group of “Vincennes/Sèvres Porcelains” have been chosen artefacts that are symbols of the period of production which begins to the debut of the Vincennes manufacture and the end of the XVIIIth century. An extraordinary example is the “Couple of Dutch Vases” from 1761, one of the few works from the ingenious design conceived to hold plants and flowers. Unique is their background colour, the rare “petit vert”, used only during some years around 1760 and different from the more famous “bleu céleste”. Another testimony of the regal manufacture, is the “Plate” of the service given by Louis XVI to the Archduke Ferdinand, Governor of the Lombardy, and his wife Maria Beatrice d’Este, visiting Paris in 1786. A particular attention is given to the porcelain of the “Imperial Manufacture of Saint Petersburg”, today still not famous, but which very interesting, also for its rarity. Enrich the exhibition thirty Russian pieces, between them a wonderful “Glasses Refresher” (1799/1802) part of the “Wurttemberg Service” and realised for the Great Duchess Caterina Pavlona.

In the oval forlders are reppresented the Fontana Bandusia di Tivoli and the Ponte Salaro. An important group of porcelain represents the production of the queen of the European manufactures: “Meissen”. For the first time are exposed out of the main seat, some productions of the XVIIIth century from the manufacture “Gironi di Doccia”: figures, putti and table glassware. One of the most original creation of the Tuscan fabric is the decoration said “a bassorilievo istoriato” (in Italian, “storied Bas-relief”), represented at the exhibition with a cup and its plate from 1760. The decorative themes of the “storied bas-relief” are, normally, inspired in the “Metamorfosi di Ovidio” and are taken back from some grave marker of the XVIth century which belong to the collection of the Este dynasty of Vienna or in some medals of Soldani Benzi.

Apart from the Marton Collection, the visitors can admire, for the first time in Venice, precious objects from private collections famous all over the world; between these exquisite gallantries of a private gathering of London, we can note handiworks of the Casa Eccellentissima Vezzi from the Triestine collection of Giovanni Lokar and extraordinary pieces of Richard Cohen from New-York. The exhibition is an invitation to enter in a world of sophisticated quality objects , unique creations, in which the harmony and the refinement of forms reach the most interesting facet.


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Castello 5252 – 30122 Venezia
tel. 0412711411 – fax 0412711445



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