SERIES OF EXHIBITIONS “TREASURES OF THE ROYAL COMPOUND”
OPENING OF “PATINA OF THE ROYAL SILVER” EXHIBITION
Belgrade, 25 November 2011 - “Patina of the Royal Silver” exhibition, second of a series of exhibitions under the general title “Treasures of the Royal Compound”, was officially opened by Mr. Dragomir Acovic, Chairman of the Crown Council, and Mrs. Ljiljana Miletic Abramovic, acting director of Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade, in front of distinguished historians, members of diplomatic corps and media, this evening at the Royal Palace. This exhibition for the first time introduces the public to a rare and exceptional cultural heritage of the Royal Palace’s silver collection.
The Royal Art Collection has been created over almost a century. Very rich and unique, with items of unparalleled historic and artistic value, this collection was kept from the sight of public for a long time. That was the main reason for organizing these exhibitions, and to make public aware of unique items of exquisite craftsmanship and extraordinary beauty.
Items displayed are pieces of decorative and practical value, made of silver, silver with gilt, in combination with precious and semi – precious gems, ivory, crystal glass and other precious materials. These items represented symbols of Royal dignity of Karadjordjevic Royal Family. Especially interesting are silver tea sets, which were used by Her Majesty Queen Maria, grandmother of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander, who organized tea sessions for noble ladies of that time on a regular basis. Royal silver collection preserved exquisite works of famous silver workshops of Faberge, Khlebnikov, Bragin, Aucoc, as well as English and French masters from middle and end of Nineteenth century.
The exhibition “Patina of the Royal Silver” will be open to the public free of charge, at the Royal Compound from Saturday, 26 November until Tuesday, 6 December at 11am and 1pm. Anyone who is interested should contact the Office of HRH Crown Prince Alexander on 011 306 4014 and confirm their attendance at least one day in advance.