Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral

Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

The Collection of Decorative Arts

Head: Tamara Mataija, curator

The Collection of Decorative Arts was established at the end of 2007 in the reorganisation and redistribution of the museum’s collections, which was led by curator Marica Balabanić-Fačini until June 2007. It was created from the former collections of: furniture, clocks, ceramics, glass, metals, locks and keys, fashion and accessories and sacral items. It includes about 1,500 items mainly connected with Rijeka and the surroundings, mostly dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Most of the material is stored by types of material in the museum’s storerooms, and one part is on shown in the area of the permanent display. Within the preventive protection regular viewings of the material are made and appropriate measures are taken.
The items of historical, artistic and artisan importance belong mostly to Central European cultural circles, the works of Austrian, Czech, Hungarian, German and Italian creators and factories. Particularly interesting in the collection are individual, artistically excellent examples of Late Renaissance to Secession periods, and groups of documentarily valuable items which represent the quality of life and economic circumstances in this region, especially in the atmosphere of the 19th century. They are mainly interesting items from local craftsmen and manufacture, and of varied private, public and sacral functions related to Rijeka and its environs, such as household items of practical and decorative purposes, representative equipment from the old town hall, and part of the valuable preserved inventory of Rijeka’s churches and monasteries.
The Collection of Decorative Arts testifies to the circumstances and cultural contexts of the development of Rijeka as a strong economic and commercial centre, plus with its complex, artistic and historical features it illustrates the social life of the people of this region as well as the distinctive multi-cultural identity of the city.