A ceramic and glass exhibition of the collections belonging to King Carol I is held at the Peles Castle

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Considered to be one of the most important historical buildings in Romania, being a unique, Peles Castle has recently opened the series of temporary exhibitions with elements that are deemed as parts of the most important decorative art collections in Romania. This is the exhibition called “Artele focului” (“The Arts of Fire” – e.n.), where visitors can admire part of the ceramic and glass exhibits from the collections belonging to King Carol I, the first king of Romania, at whose initiative the Peles Castle was built.

The first temporary exhibition in 2018 was opened at the end of January at the Peles Castle. The exhibition called “Artele focului” will be opened until May 16, 2018; the visitors can see here a part of the ceramic and glass exhibits from the collections that belonged to King Carol I. The access is free, and the visiting days are Wednesday, between 11.00 and 16.15, and from Thursday to Saturday, between 9.15 and 16.15; the exhibition is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

The ceramic, floor tiles, faience and porcelain collections of the Peles Castle have a well-established place in terms of number and value. Being meant to provide color to the royal interiors, the royal ceramic and glass from the Peles and Pelisor Castles are included in the national heritage as some of the most important decorative art collections in Romania. You can find here vessels, cups, lamps, decorative plates created in the renowned workshops of the world. Some of the highlights that can be admired are the Wisteria lamp made by the famous Luis Comfort Tiffany especially for Queen Maria, in the ‘20s, when she visited the United States of America, and the vessel called “The Heavenly Muse” made by Emile Galle. The exhibition also brings together some pieces of ceramic and glass from famous workshops in Italy. Besides, academician Razvan Theodorescu, who was present at the opening of the exhibition “Artele focului” at the Peles Castle in Sinaia, mentioning that he is pleasantly surprised that King Carol I was a great lover of Italian ceramics, which translates into a very special refinement, wished to state: “Peles was transformed into a place of research, as well as a place of exhibitions. The exhibition Artele focului highlights the taste of high class hobbyists which is reflected in the decorative art that enlivens the interiors of the castle”.

In their turn, the organizers of the exhibition held at the Peles Castle wished to say: “Designed to fulfill a triple function, the representation function, the political decision function and the cultural settlement function, the Peles Castle, the royal summer residence, continues to be one of the most important museums in Romania, due to the special variety and value of its collections. Along with the famous painting collection that included more than 200 paintings, King Carol I laid the foundation of a remarkable decorative art collection that was gradually formed over half a century of ruling, by important purchases of furniture, weapons, tapestries and carpets, pieces of precious metal, glassware and ceramics, as well as creations of the most famous workshops and manufactories of that time. Under this vast artistic project, the collection of ceramics, floor tiles, faience and porcelain of the Peles Castle has a well-established place, both in terms of number – the collection consists of more than 5000 pieces –  and value. The pieces of ceramics honor the European authors and ceramic centers known at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the older workshops. Being meant to provide color to the royal interiors, the royal ceramic and glass from the Peles and Pelisor Castles are included in the national heritage as some of the most important and coherent decorative art collections in Romania.”

At the opening of the exhibition, it was also mentioned that the ceramic and glass pieces exhibited at the Peles Castle until the half of May, 2018, as well as other spectacular objects, are also presented in a catalogue that bears the name of the exhibition – “Artele focului”. The catalogue has 256 pages, and academician Razvan Theodorescu said that it is “an enviable one, both in terms of presentation and content. This is why, in the year of the Centenary of the Great Union, such a catalogue of art could be also sent abroad, to let everyone see that, with the treasure from Peles, we knew how to be true Europeans in the 100 years since the Great Union”.