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MAAD - Ansembourg Museum

Photos 12053519.JPGThis museum which has no display cabinet, is devoted to the European decorative arts of the 18th century, and in particular the outstanding products of Liège in this field, evoking the art of living in that period. In it you can admire a splendid collection of carved and inlaid (marquetry) furniture in the Louis XIV, Regency, Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, as well as tapestries, leather hangings in the manner of Cordoba, glass chandeliers in the manner of Venice, clocks, and ceramics, etc. The Ansembourg mansion, listed on Wallonia's major heritage register, offers a remarkable illustration of the transitional Louis XIV-Louis XV style. This old private residence belonging to Michel Willems was built between 1738 and 1741. His grand-daughter, Marie-Anne-Victoire, who inherited it, was the wife of Joseph Romain, count of Marchant d'Ansembourg and lieutenant in the guard of Prince-Bishop François-Charles de Velbrück. The house has retained its original decoration: carved woodwork (shutters, mantelpieces, wainscotting, doors and window piers), ironwork, stucco marble fireplaces, ceiling paintings, and paintings above the doorways.
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