Art and Crafts from the 16th to 19th Century

A wood-panelled room from Laax (Graubünden, Austria) dated 1625 is the centrepiece of applied art collection featuring objects from the Renaissance to the early 19th century. It encompasses glass vessels, ceramics, porcelain, musical instruments, silver, shoes and furniture. Special highlights are the “Darmstadt Waistcoats”, which are shown alternately. In 1805, Baron von Hüpsch in Cologne bequeathed his extensive collections to Landgrave (later Grand Duke) Ludewig I of Hesse-Darmstadt, including eighteen extremely rare parts of garments dating from the 17th century, all of which probably originated with bourgeois Cologne families. As such, the museum possesses the world’s most comprehensive holdings of outerwear from that time. The oldest piece dates from 1610/20, the most recent 1665/75, meaning that the waistcoats and bodices provide a survey of the 17th-century fashion. 

Kunsthandwerk 16.-19.Jh

Kunsthandwerk 16.-19.Jh

Dark red waistcoat, probably Cologne, circa 1610 – 1620 Silk, linen

Kunsthandwerk 16.-19.Jh

Waistcoat with lace trimming, probably England, circa 1660 Silk, parchment inserts

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