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Gulbenkian museum - carpet and tile gallery

 

A biography of Calouste Gulbenkian (also available from the Museum) notes that he insisted on only buying the most perfect example of any particular genre of art: the best-preserved Greek coins and medallions, the best-preserved examples of Egyptian art, Persian carpets and tiles, 18th century furniture, etc., etc. This gallery houses some of his collection of beautiful Persian carpets. When you see any object in this gallery you can be sure you are unlikely to see any finer example anywhere else in the world.  The museum can display about 1,000 objects - the total collection numbers over 6,000 objects.

Gulbenkian museum - carpet and tile gallery

 

A biography of Calouste Gulbenkian (also available from the Museum) notes that he insisted on only buying the most perfect example of any particular genre of art: the best-preserved Greek coins and medallions, the best-preserved examples of Egyptian art, Persian carpets and tiles, 18th century furniture, etc., etc. This gallery houses some of his collection of beautiful Persian carpets. When you see any object in this gallery you can be sure you are unlikely to see any finer example anywhere else in the world.  The museum can display about 1,000 objects - the total collection numbers over 6,000 objects.

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Dec 2016, 02:19
I like the manner in which things are displayed here, Tom.
Tom Wilson: They do a very good job, Ray - it's one of the best-organized museums I've ever seen.
Wow - some collection!

I like your POV for this!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth - it is an amazing collection. You'd probably be interested in his Lalique collection:
https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/publication/rene-lalique-at-the-calouste-gulbenkian-museum/
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Dec 2016, 06:56
The best of the best then Tom, obviously worth an hour or two of anyone's time
Tom Wilson: Indeed it is, Chris.
That's a high standard, Tom, of which he can be proud. That's why there are museums...for those such as he.
Tom Wilson: Astrid and yourself should put Lisbon on your bucket list - you won't be disappointed!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Dec 2016, 07:47
Yes, I heard of this world-famous museum. It must be a delight to admire all these beautiful objects. You should show us some more details.
Tom Wilson: Well worth a visit if you haven't been to Lisbon, Philine - I've shown one or two examples already and there are some more to come smile
Treasures beyond price
Tom Wilson: Indeed they are, Bill - I can't even imagine what the collection would now be worth. A single gold Greek coin would probably set you back £2,000 - and he bought a stack of them smile
Then it is surely well worth a visit Tom.
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Chad. And the neighbouring HQ of the Gulbenkian Foundation has a gallery of modern art - which I haven't yet seen: https://gulbenkian.pt/cam/en/modern-collection/ - I do wonder what he thinks of the way his money is being spent smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Dec 2016, 08:01
I haven't heard of Calouste Gulbenkian before, so I looked him up. It seems money was not his issue and the world his oyster. And a good guy as well.
Tom Wilson: Oh, a very famous man in the oil business - known as Mr. 5% because of his way of taking 5% of any oil sales agreement smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 5 Dec 2016, 10:20
He must have been a very rich man
Tom Wilson: H was indeed, Lisl - gained mainly through negotiating deals in the oil business and taking a stake of 5% in any such agreement - hence his name "Mr. Five Per Cent"
I like some of the wall hangings (or rugs on walls) very much.
Tom Wilson: Some of them are rugs, some are tiles - I'm sure you'd enjoy a visit to the place, Mary.
J'aime beaucoup le premier tapis bleu et blanc.
Tom Wilson: Il n'est pas un tapis, mais une image en tuiles smile
I like the carpet on the outside wall on the left. Oh to have the money to buy the best, and not the second best!
Tom Wilson: That's composed of tiles, Brian - difficult to see the difference in a photo. And, yes - old CG didn't put up with second best. He also assembled probably the world's finest collection of the work of Renée Lalique:
https://gulbenkian.pt/museu/en/publication/rene-lalique-at-the-calouste-gulbenkian-museum/
The light is very beautiful and I like very much the reflections of the characters on the ground as well as the composition of this expo
Tom Wilson: Thank you, Marie - it's a very lovely museum, with beautiful objects.

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