A museum with a great deal of charm housed in a modernist stained-glass building. Inside is an incredible Art Nouveau and Art Deco collection.
The Art Nouveau & Art Deco Museum of Salamanca exhibits its decorative arts collections that date from the Art Nouveau period at the end of the 19th century through to the First World War and the Art Deco period between the two Great Wars. It also has a collection of porcelain dolls, one of the largest collections of its kind in the world.
Visitors can marvel at furniture, jewels, fans, textiles, bronzes, porcelain pieces and glazes as well as other collections, giving them a wonderful insight into the artistic preferences of the bourgeois society of the period.
There are two collections of particular note due to the quality of the pieces and their size: the chryselephantine statuettes and the glasswork.
The word “chryselephantine”, of origin Greek (Chrysos, gold and Elephas, ivory), designates an ancient technique which consisted in combining these materials for the creation of statues. At the end of the nineteenth century, European artists, taking advantage of the great ivory stocks coming from the colonies, renew the technique by combining the ivory with the bronze. The Chryselephantine collection of the Museum is composed of more than 100 works created by sculptors. Most important Europeans authors are showcased, like Demetre Chiparus, Ferdinand Preiss, Otto Poertzel, Roland Paris, Joseph Lorenzl or Claire colinet.
René Lalique (1860-1945) is no doubt the greatest representative of the Glass Art Deco Although in the previous period was mainly devoted to the creation of jewels. It is notable for the use of colorless glass, or in some cases coloured with a single soft tone, and by the creation of blown and pressed pieces in which it represents in a very stylized way the flora and the aquatic world. Among his followers, It is worth mentioning to Ernest Sabino whose pieces acquire some reflexes anacarados thanks to the presence of some arsenic in the glass paste.
Emile Galle (1846-1904). Emile Galle (1846-1904). Creator of the famous School of Nancy is the major representative of ART Nouveau Glass creations. It is magnificently represented in the museum with its beautiful vases blown and folded glass with decoration inspired by observing the Nature. We can also enjoy a sample of beautiful lamps of Oriental inspiration. It completes this collection of Nancy with works of the Daum brothers-some in collaboration with Majorelle-, Curette, Paul Nicolas-With the spectacular green vase-and others.
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