The ceramic collection of National Peles Museum stands out for both its coherence and diversity. It contains more than 5000 pieces, acquired successively by King Carol I since the beginning of his reign, from the Universal Exhibitions of Vienna, London, Paris, as well as from the royal house suppliers. The pieces originate from celebrated European and Oriental pottery workshops of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and also from more ancient workshops.
Decorative plate (End of the 19th century) by Torelli workshopPeleș National Museum
Fond of beauty, which she turned into a creed, Queen Marie (1914-1927) continued the collecting tradition initiated by the first King of Romania.
Statue (End of the 19th century) by Capodimonte workshopPeleș National Museum
She acquired Art Nouveau ceramic pieces in order to decorate the Pelișor Castle, her private residence.
Brüle-parfum vase (Mid 18th century) by Ilmenau workshopPeleș National Museum
Jewelry case (1770/1770) by Sèvres workshopPeleș National Museum
Expanding the collection
In the 1970s, under the communist regime, the museum initiated a program to acquire art from private collections and used bookstores, which increased its value. The core collection was enriched with pieces coming from Germany (Meissen, Frankenthal, Ilmenau, Rosenthal, Hamburg, workshops in Berlin), Italy (Florence, Faneza, Capodimonte, Montelupo, Urbino), France (Sèvres, Rouen, Marseille, Golfe-Juan), The Netherlands (Delft), England (Wedgwood, Doulton, Copeland, Mintons), Spain (Talavera, Toledo), Denmark (Copenhagen), Russia (Moscow and St.-Petersburg), etc.
Urn (1764/1773) by Netherlands workshopPeleș National Museum
Oriental ceramics contain art pieces from China, Japan (Imari-Arita, Satzuma), Iran and Turkey (Iznik).
Amphora (End of the 19th century) by Ginori workshopPeleș National Museum
Candy box (1920/1920) by Nora SteriadiPeleș National Museum
In the royal collection, of course, also includes some Romanian art pieces, manufactured by ceramic artists like Nora Steriadi.
Decorative vase (1900/1900) by Copengahen workshopPeleș National Museum