A rich exposition

The Accorsi-Ometto Museum was opened in 1999 by Giulio Ometto,

who gave life to the great dream wanted by Pietro Accorsi

 

The Accorsi-Ometto Museum of Decorative Arts is a dream that Pietro Accorsi realized by bequeathing his estate to a cultural foundation, so that it might awaken people’s interest in antique furnishings and make them more familiar with figurative art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

The Accorsi-Ometto Museum tells the story of the collection created out of passion and a love of beauty by Pietro Accorsi (1891-1982), one of the most important Italian antique dealers of the 20th century, and Giulio Ometto (1942-2019), his spiritual heir and president of the Accorsi-Ometto institution for over twenty years.

Inside the museum is a series of 25 furnished rooms that evoke the spirit of the 18th century in all its splendour, housing almost 3000 objects, each with its own history. For example, there is the “doppio-corpo” double-body folding cabinet by Pietro Piffetti, one of the most inventive Italian cabinet-makers of the 18th century: created in 1738, this remarkable piece of furniture challenges the laws of gravity and is considered by critics today to be “the most beautiful piece of furniture in the world”.  Or the ceremonial tray made by Neapolitan craftsmen and given by Pope Benedict XIV to the Marquess Del Carretto of Gorzegno. Or La venditrice di Amorini (The Cupid Seller) in Meissen biscuit porcelain, dating from 1790-1800 and modelled on the famous Roman fresco in Stabiae.

The various rooms along the museum itinerary recreate the atmosphere of a distant time; the three bedrooms reveal a wealth of fine and extremely elegant furnishings; the dining-room, with wall panels evoking oriental gardens, underlines the importance of chinoiserie in the decorations of the period.

In the kitchen, the daily toil of the time is still evident, with an abundance of copper pans on the walls, shelves full of majolicaware, and all the furniture needed for everyday life.

The visit concludes with the rooms devoted to the collections of porcelain (Frankenthal, Sèvres and Meissen) and majolicaware (Fratelli Rossetti and Giovanni Antonio Ardizzone) and the valuable collection of snuffboxes, silverware and objects made of crystal, mother of pearl and tortoiseshell. All are from different production sites and places of origin, mainly dating back to a period between the 18th and 19th centuries, and are mounted on elegant supports of gilded bronze, following the typical taste of the period.

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