LONDON, 20 April 2005
The Marton Museum from Croatia is pleased to announce a presentation of the new Marton Museum catalogue of its Sevres Porcelain Collection to be held at 3pm April 26th, 2005, at the Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London W1.
The catalogue was written by Selma Schwartz, one of the world´s leading experts of Sevres porcelain and the curator of the Rothschild Sevres collection at Waddesdon Manor. The presentation in London will be followed by a month long exhibition of the Sevres Porcelain Collection at the Arts and Crafts Museum (Muzej Umjetnost i Obrt) in Zagreb, Croatia.
The collection comprises pieces from the eighteenth and nineteenth century produced at this world famous French porcelain factory. The width and depth of the collection not only affords one a fascinating view into the various items being made by Sevres at the time, from cheese dishes to salt cellars, but also displays a dazzling array of decoration styles and themes spanning decades. The sheer beauty of these works of art, each one a veritable masterpiece, is complimented by their cultural significance. Each piece is a testament to the lifestyles of the European social elite in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, while many have authenticated aristocratic provenance and can be traced to their original royal owners.
Sevres porcelain, so named because of the Parisian suburb where the factory is now located, was founded in the early eighteenth century as a reply to Meissen porcelain, which was being exported in large quantities to France at the time. Although the soft-paste Sevres porcelain was technically closer to glass than to true porcelain in composition, the innovative shapes, beautiful painted decoration and intricate guilding soon brought the factory fame across Europe. The company was originally located at Vincennes, but was soon moved to Sevres adjacent to the main residence of Madame de Pompadour, who soon became the manufactory´s principal patron and customer. Although at one time all the company shares were owned by Louis XV, in 1793 ownership passed to the Republican government of France. The factory continues in production to the present day.
Beginning in the 1960s, Mr. Veljko Marton has been collecting various art pieces from all over Europe including: porcelain, glass, silverware, furniture and paintings. Mr. Marton´s collection grew to the point where he decided to share it with the general public. What followed was his first exhibition, held at the National Museum of Arts & Crafts in Zagreb, with visitors numbering in the thousands. This exhibition was so successful it led to the recent creation of Croatia´s only privately owned Museum, The Marton Museum. The Marton Museum, located just outside Zagreb in Samobor, is Croatia´s only private museum and houses one of the country´s most important art collections. It counts many masterpieces of continental European art, ranging from the seventeenth to nineteenth century, among its displays.
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