Museo Nacional de Ceràmica y Artes Suntuarias, Valencia!!!

Ok this one turn out a long name …. and original me think… well here we go again staying for the end in Valencia, Spain. I have written several posts on the city but feel the brief mentioned of the museum were not enough. Therefore, here is my humble post on the Museo Nacional de Ceràmica y Artes Suntuarias or National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts González Martí.

The Museo Nacional de Ceràmica y Artes Suntuarias “Gonzalez Martî” -Palacio Marqués de Dos Aguas. or simply the Ceramics and Arts museum. A gorgeous baroque building richly decorated with what it shows! Of course, Valencia. The main entrance by Calle Cultura , 6 also entrance by Calle Poeta Querol, 2 , and located in the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. . It is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10h to 14h and from 16h to 20h. Sundays and Holidays from 10h to 14h. -Closed every Monday of the year, and January 1, May 1, December 24, 25 and 31 and two local holidays. Admission is only 3 Euros!!!


The Ceramics and Arts Museum was created on February 7, 1947 from the donation to the State of the Manuel González Martí ceramic collection, opening as a museum on June 18, 1954. For seven years the collection was based at the founder’s private home, while the restoration of the Palace carried out between 1950 and 1954 was being carried out, the date on which the National Ceramic Museum was definitively installed and the palace was purchased by the State in 1949 to locate the ceramic collection. After its first rehabilitation to adapt the rooms as a museum, since then numerous interventions have taken place that include the restoration of the property, improvements to its infrastructure and the renovation of the museum spaces. In 1990 the museum closed to undertake a new restoration of the building, reopening its doors to the public in 1998. In 1969, having increased its funds with numerous objects of furniture, clothing, painting and other collections of the Valencian tradition and its indigenous authors, it was arranged that the Museum should display, along with ceramics, objects of sumptuary art, and renamed National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts González Martí.


On the ground floor, after passing the hall, there is the patio de carruajes or carriage yard, as its name indicates, it was the old courtyard where carriages were kept and there were also stables for horses and dogs. There are exhibited the carroza de las Ninfas or carriage of the Nymphs, dated 1753, that of the Marquis of Llanera, in the empire style, and a sedan chair, in the Rococo style, also from the 18C.  To tour the first floor what were the private rooms of the Marquises of Dos Aguas, all decorated with stuccoes and wall paintings, are furnished with part of the original furniture such as the Ballroom, the Red Room, the Salita oriental, the so-called of the Porcelain with the original furniture made in Dresden with inlaid ceramic plates, as well as Meissen porcelain lamp and sconces along with some figures. In the bedroom there is a large white Carrara marble bathtub and the ceiling is decorated with paintings made in 1862. In all these rooms you can admire paintings and various objects, clocks, vases, etc. as a complement to the exquisite decoration of the time.

From its first years of creation the museum received valuable and numerous donations from collections of ancient costumes, its presentation was made with the costumes placed on wooden mannequins in natural color, so as not to distract the viewer’s attention, these dresses were presented with accessories of umbrellas, hats, blankets or fans. There are a series of twelve decorative fragments of Coptic textiles, highlighting a tabula decorated with grape leaves dated between 140-380 AD, another fabric with polychrome bands from 210-390 AD and a fragment with a decoration on a dark background with patterns bichrome, surely taken from geometric mosaic models, dated between 250-420 AD.

Among Manuel González Martí’s varied collecting was painting. Although part of it passed into the hands of its heirs, the museum collection maintains some works such as an Immaculate Conception (1860) by the Valencian painter José Vicente Pérez y Vela. A piece found in the Museum’s chapel is a Saint Vincent Martyr, purchased in 1917, from an anonymous author dating from the early 17C and from the exclaimed Cistercian monastery of Santa María de Benifasar. There are two oils that represent San Francisco de Asís and San Vicente Ferrer, surely they were the doors of the tabernacle, and could be works of the painter Nicolás Borrás, disciple of Juan de Juanes, since they bear a great resemblance to works by this author conserved in the cathedral of Orihuela. Although most of the paintings are of a religious nature, you can see 17C portraits of Louis XVI, King of France and his wife, Marie Antoinette of Austria, copies of originals from the same century that are kept in the Palace of Versailles. Some other contributions come from various donations from private collections or from the artists themselves, most of the 19-20C.

The Second floor (3rd US) has been dedicated to the display of ceramic for use or decoration or as an architectural element. Of the content of the Ceramic and arts Museum they emphasize the collection of medieval Christian ceramics coming from Manises and Paterna; a set of ceramics from antiquity: Greek, Iberian and Roman; a production of Valencian medieval tiles and productions of the Royal Factory of Alcora. The first collection donated by its founder Manuel González Martí, consisted of some 6,000 pieces, mostly ceramics, ranging from medieval times to popular earthenware from the 19C. It is exposed distributed in the various rooms of this second floor of the palace. Moorish Hispanic ceramics are well represented, mainly with pieces from the Valencian area of ​​Muslim workshops, including those from the 13-14C decorated in green and manganese, with a white watertight cover, those with metallic reflections and those that used cobalt blue.

In a specially adapted room, the representation of a typical Valencian kitchen is preserved, as designed by Manuel González Martí, with tiles for skirting boards and friezes together with decorative panels from the 18-19C. The decoration of this room is complemented by ceramic vessels and popular copper objects from the same period.


The Culture and Sport Ministry on the Ceramics and Arts museum in Spanish: Min Culture and sports on the Ceramics and arts museum

Tourist office of Valencia on the Ceramics and Arts museum in English: Tourist office of Valencia on the Ceramics museum

Of course, we did not have time to see it all as were walking along seeing all in our sight, but it is sublime and worth coming back for it. Hope you have enjoy the fabulous Ceramics and Arts Museum of Valencia.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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