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Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
The precious metals collection has been growing over one hundred years since the foundation of the Museum. In the first quarter of the century the collections were formed mostly from gifts and bequests by significant patrons of the Museum, such as Jan Baron Neuberg, Vojtěch Baron Lanna and renowned goldsmiths like Václav Němec. In the 1920s the Museum acquired a significant number of items from the Republic’s “golden treasure“, in exchange for items of precious metals which had no artistic or historical value. After the Second World War various transfers of the state property contributed to the growth of the Museum’s collections, and even more significantly purchases and gifts.

Around 10,000 items of precious metals and materials are housed in the Museum’s Treasury. The largest part is the collection of jewellery. Among them, from the technological point of view, the most interesting are the pieces from the 19th century. The collection of watches is also significant, their cases being a document of stylistical, and their mechanisms of technological, progress. A remarkable collection of liturgical utensils reflects the high standard of the craft, mainly in the Baroque era. The collection of table ware is also diverse in style, and it reflects the increased demands in the area of table setting and serving food throughout the centuries, from the Gothic to the beginning of the 20th century.

The collections also include medallions, plaquettes, not only from precious, but also base metals, ivory, small wax statuettes, and articles made from precious stones.

Rings
Europe, Czechoslovakia, 1930s
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