Painted furniture


Trunk, 1797, Lower Silesia
Trunk, 1797, Lower Silesia

        Representative and high value collection of painted furniture stands out among all the exhibits gathered by the Museum. The group of ca. 600 hundred items includes wardrobes, sideboards, chests of drawers, wall cupboards, clock units, tables, stools, cradles, beds and household items such as cast spoon holders and salt cellars. Most of them are likely to have originated in local workshops; however they all were enormously influenced by a strong neighbouring furniture manufacturing centre in Herrenhut situated close to Żytawa in Lusatia region. Most furniture was dated to 18th and 19th century.

Chest of Drawers, 18th/19th century, Lower Silesia
Chest of Drawers, 18th/19th century, Lower Silesia

        Both the form and the manner of painting refer to bourgeois and court Baroque furniture.
        Its ornamentation features moulded cornices while its dark coloured texture is modelled after veneer, intarsia or marble. Ornaments showing edifices, landscapes, birds or flower bouquets incorporated in separate fields encircled with a fine line or moulding give the furniture its unique character. Additionally the exhibits are embellished with all sorts of fittings, handles and decorative locks.

Wardrobe, 18th/19th century, Lower Silesia
Wardrobe, 18th/19th century, Lower Silesia

        Pained folk furniture survived sporadically in Lower Silesian houses until the WW II; however since mid 19th century they were being dominated by new city-like fashion.

Case spoon holder, 19th century, Lower Silesia
Case spoon holder, 19th century, Lower Silesia



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