Exhibition "Irreplaceable witnesses of time"
16 April 2012
Press Office of the Amber Museum
There are items of the palatine Paskevich family heritage – the former owners of the mansion complex in Gomel in the exhibition. Their palace interiors were decorated with works of clock art, which demonstrated at the same time mastership of European bronzers, sculptors, cabinet makers and enamelists of 18-19 centuries.
Clocks were more luxury items than mechanisms measuring time then. They were delicately decorated, put in beautiful mounts, were often completed with sculptural groups. The later collection pieces made mostly in the end of 19 – early 20 century are distinguished with laconic artistic shaping that means slow transformation of clocks to an item of wide use.
Walking through the exhibition “Irreplaceable time witnesses” guests will see one of the unique showpieces – wall cartel clock of the middle 17th century in a case of fancily curving bronze floral sprouts and shells with black enamel symbols of minutes and hours and with two ornately shaped pointers. At the time they were considered as typical French clock. Looking today at this item from the past you might like to imagine not only its owners, whom it measured the time, but at the first place those persons, who’s hands and talent made it.
Look at the old clocks, listen to the march of time you can in the exhibition in Kaliningrad Amber Museum until 10 June.
Opening ceremony programme includes: presentation of the best showpieces, show of the contemporary clocks collection from salon Chronos, romances and dance performances about clocks, also theatricalized tangling of guests with “threads of time”.