Monuments of jewelery at museum treasures

The exhibition “Monuments of jewelery at museum treasures” is based on the materials from the fund of precious metals of Lviv Historical Museum. Some items were provided for exhibiting by Lviv Art Gallery, Lviv Museum of Religion, Museum of Ethnography and Crafts of Academy of Sciences in Ukraine in Lviv.

The exhibition includes the objects of artistic silver of different purposes - applied and ceremonial, particularly sacred. Chronological framework for the origin of the collection objects covers the interval from the end of the 16th century to the early 20th century - extremely interesting, eventful period in the history of Lviv and Galicia. Geography of the origin of museum items near Lviv covers important centers of jewelry in Austria, Poland, Russia, Germany, namely those countries with which our land was united by close trade and cultural ties, and partly by common historical destiny.
In the first part of the exhibition the Museum visitors can have a look at the complex of units which have not only artistic but also a significant historical value. They are related to important events in the history of Lviv, with life and work of prominent city citizens. Among significant items in this section there are the items of Lviv goldsmiths: seal of Lviv goldsmiths’ workshop (appr. 1600), symbolic keys of the city (18th century), Ceremonial chain of Lviv Presidents (1892), silver model of the City Town Hall (1920-1930).

The second part of the exhibition represents antique wares of European artistic silver, which come from the Lviv private collections, late 19th - early 20th century, including the collection of famous Lviv antiquary, historian and writer V. Lozynsky (1843 - 1913).

In general, the exhibition represents about 150 items of silver art. The exhibition is complemented with thematic works of graphic and paintings.