AN EMPHASIS ON DAILY LIFE
In harmony with the other collections, the applied arts section establishes a transversal dialogue in accordance with the museum’s encyclopaedic approach. The collection provides an understanding of the crafts, technical developments and human activities over time, and notably those of the Geneva region and its industries.
This diversified section covers the fields of goldwork, silverwork and copperware; antique musical instruments; textiles, including tapestries, lacework and costumes; and furniture. The Armoury Room, with its reflections of the Escalade episode when the city repulsed the assault of the Duke of Savoy’s troops in 1602, reveals some magnificent examples of arms from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.
The return of the group of clocks, watches, enamels, jewels and miniatures enriches an already considerable collection inherited from a number of 19th-century Geneva museums (Musée Académique, Musée Archéologique and Musée d’Arts Décoratifs). These works will find the setting they deserve in the soon-to-be renovated and enlarged museum.
23,000 decorative and utilitarian objects
20,000 watches, clocks, utensils, jewels, trinkets, enamels and miniatures
6,000 arms & armor
900 musical instruments