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Seladonschale, Chinesisches Porzellan der Ming-Zeit in mittelrheinischer Fassung, zwischen 1434 und 1453, Museumslandschaft Hessen KasselKatzenelnbogischer Willkomm, before 1453Nautiluspokal, 16. Jahrhundert, MHKGallé-Vase with Hortensienmotivs, MHK„Carlton“, 1981

Museum of Hessian History
Collection of Applied Art

The princely collection of the Hessian landgraves, which had already been exhibited in the Fridericianum, is at the core of a collection of Applied Arts (previously the Handicraft and Sculpture Collection). Entitled “SchatzKunst 800–1800” (Treasures of Art 800–1800), the inventory, which has since doubled in size many times over, was last on display in the Museum of Hessian History. 

In addition to medieval sculptures, altars, craftwork and sacred objects, the collection also features large portions of the treasuries and silver chamber, but also valuable works from the art chamber of Wilhelm IV and Moritz the Scholar. The museum also houses Baroque art from the court of Landgrave Carl, a historic glass collection of Wilhelm VIII and a no less significant historic amber collection, ivory collection, Hessian faiences, porcelain from Meißen, Kassel, Fulda and objects from the princely gallery from China and Japan. The inventory of jewellery, sculptures, textiles, furniture and the Hessian coin cabinet with coins, medallions and gems are also both extensive and significant.

Online Catalogue of the Post-Antique Cameos

Online Catalogue of the Ottoman weapons

The collecting themes in applied arts from 1840 focus on Historicism, Art Nouveau and handicrafts of the Modern age. Design in the form of Bauhaus, the 50s to 80s and Post-Modern in particular are represented.

Due to renovations in the Museum of Hessian History, which began on 3 November 2008, the Collection of Applied Arts is temporarily closed.

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