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Villa Abegg The Founders’ Private Home is now a Museum – Guided Tours by Appointment, Daily from 30 April to 12 November 2023

The mansion built in the Baroque style of northern Italy over fifty years ago is in need of renovation. The roof is being replaced and the windows’ stone reveals restored. Inside the villa, the historical panelling and mirrors, doors and wallpapers, chandeliers and antique furniture have been carefully wrapped up and “put to sleep” for the duration.
A few of the works of art will be temporarily exhibited in the museum.

Making a guest appearance in the museum: Silk chinoiseries These two lengths of cloth from the Villa Abegg normally hang in an upstairs room that is not open to the public. They show several unusually large figural scenes, one above the other, and presumably were once intended to cover the walls of a chinoiserie room. │ Silk, Holland (Amsterdam), ca. 1750, inv. no. 99 a–b

Making a guest appearance in the museum: Exquisite porcelain This elegant, exceptionally fine dessert service made by the Sèvres porcelain manufactory is one of several such sets used on festive occasions at the Villa Abegg. It counts among the gifts that Emperor Napoleon I had set aside for Pope Pius VII in 1805. │ Parts of a dessert service, pâte tendre (soft porcelain), France, Sèvres manufactory, 1801–1805, inv. no. 3.292.01

Spacious Entrance Hall The interior architecture of the hall in Northern Italian Baroque style quotes the grand staircase of Palazzo Madama in Turin. The inlaid marble floor finds its model below the arcades of the Doge’s Palace in Venice.

Memories of Venice Painted Venetian commodes, tables and chairs revive the eighteenth century. The furniture of this room also includes a mirror and a chandelier of coloured glass.