The 17th to the 20th Century circuit

Baroque

It starts with the art of the Baroque, in all its exuberance, as expressed in sculpture, religious objects and the richly decorated furniture and rooms.

Regency

The succeeding gallery is furnished as a salon, with monumental oak panelling in Regency style. The central and wall display cases contain a selection of fine caskets and snuffboxes of French and German manufacture, as well as beautiful items of Tournai porcelain.

Brussels tapestries and French furniture

Entering into the next gallery, the visitor finds Brussels tapestries designed by Jan van Orley (1665-1735), as well as French furniture from the transitional period between the Louis XV and the Louis XVI styles.

Liège suites

A little further are Namur cupboards and two small Liège suites, as well as luxurious and refined eighteenth-century table silverware, accompanied by candleholders, fans and miniatures.

China and Egypt

The gallery housing the Louis XVI furniture is given colour by five, large Chinese paintings. The suite of gilded wood in Directory style reflects the fascination developing at the time for Egyptian art. The whole is rounded off with a few notable examples of Empire furniture made by the Brussels cabinetmaker Jean-Joseph Chapuis (1765-1864).

The Magasin Wolfers

The final gallery is devoted to the artistic production of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, and offers a review of the major trends between 1890 and 1940 in respect of sculpture, glassware, ceramics and table silverware. All items are in display cases designed by Victor Horta to show the jewellery and decorative objects from the firm of Wolfers Frères. A substantial proportion of the collections is at the moment being kept in the reserves, awaiting new galleries for its display (these are the subject of a project currently under way).