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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

COLLECTION OF MUSEUM OBJECTS- BRAN-FURNITURE

The Bran Museum is the holder of some valuable and diverse collections of museum objects, some of them belonging to the treasury of the national cultural patrimony. The collections are structured according to the main fields namely history, art history, ethnography, recognized in the thematic of the three departments of the museum: Castle, Medieval Customs Point and The Village Museum form Bran. Of great value is the collection of white weapons and fire arms, underlining the military purpose fulfilled by the Bran Fortress in the Middle Age. Of great importance are also the collections of decorative art (furniture, ceramics and silvery) and fine art (sculpture and wood paintings), having as source the old royal fund, diverse acquisitions and donations.
From the furniture collection:
1. The baldachin bed, manually manufactured at the beginning of the XVIII century from diverse types of wood: lime tree, alder-tree, nut tree, spruce fir and oak tree, having a sculptured decoration specific for the Italian baroque period, was received as a gift by Queen Maria from the actress Marioara Voiculescu. Remarkable are the two panels from the back, a bas-relief sculpture of religious scenes: “The birth of Jesus” and “The pray of the Magus”. The two compositions are flanked by three cable moulded columns with creeping stalks and caps with acanthus leaves. Two similar columns, of enlarged sizes, also surrounded by creeping stalks support the baldachin made up of decorated caskets with sculptured cherubs. The panel from the frontal side of the bed is decorated with a frize of characters in époque clothing, and the motif used on the gable of the bed, with floral ornaments, having an escutcheon with a horse, a vulture and a lion, is also used on the interior of the door, entering the room with painted beams from the second floor of the castle.

2. The chest, dated 1692, sculptured in sycamore maple wood, ornamented in the style of the German Renaissance, belonged to the royal family, decorating during the inter-war period the “Yellow saloon” of Queen Maria from the 1st floor of the castle.

3. The small table made of nut tree wood, with two ornaments of forged iron, blending together under the panel, reminds of the Spanish tables and bears on the traverses the cross symbol of Queen Maria.

4. The neorococo glass case, from the late XIX century, belongs to the saloon set punched by August Bembe from Mainz. The elegant and delicate line of the glass case is completed by the gilded finishing, painted with flowers, landscapes and a feminine character in époque clothing framed in tondo.

5. The neorococo desk, from the late XIX century, belongs to the saloon set punched by August Bembe from Mainz. The beauty and elegance of the piece is conferred by the system of excessive curves and counter curves, inspired by the forms of the shells. The gilded piece is painted with flowers, landscapes and two characters wearing époque clothing. Using colors of great preciousness and beauty, the chromatic range perfectly harmonizes with the ensemble.

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