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September 30, 2011   
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If you feel like taking a trip out of town, consider Karczew, 30 kilometers southeast of Warsaw where a late-Baroque palace houses a Museum of Interiors. If nothing else, the palace is worth visiting for its walls decorated with monumental genre scenes that illustrate verses from poems by Horace. The pictures were painted in the en grisaille (different shades of gray) technique at the end of the 17th century.

While at the museum, take the opportunity to see a new exhibition of furniture adorned with images using several graphic and painting techniques. The exhibition is housed in the palace’s Fresco Rooms, which have just opened to the public for the first time in the museum’s history. Some of the most noteworthy items on display are two cabinets, a bone-encrusted one from the early 16th century and a 17th-century cabinet ornamented with architectural motifs and produced using an Italian decorative technique called scagliola.

Items from the 17th century are displayed alongside Italian and Italian-style furniture veneered with real and fake ebony and encrusted with engraved bone. One of the items is a remarkable table on a richly carved neo-Baroque base from the latter half of the 19th century. The table top is covered with a mosaic with a number of pieces dating back to antiquity. There is also a collection of travel gear, including a small piano and a briefcase with four views of Vienna painted by famous miniaturist Balthasar Wigand.

The main exhibition is enhanced with a collection of miniature portraits, including three portraits of the daughters of Louis IV from 1868, a late classicist portrait of Maria Walewska painted by French miniaturist Marie-Victoire Jacquotot, and two portraits made by Jacquotot’s apprentice Elisabeth Lothon.

The exhibition also features 18th-century outfits and accessories, including hand-painted, gold-plated and lavishly decorated fans made of ivory, mother-of-pearl and tortoise shell.

M.R.

Museum of Interiors, branch of the National Museum in Warsaw, Karczew, 49 Zamkowa St.
Open through Oct. 30
Thu.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tickets zl.10 (normal) and zl.5 (discount)
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