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Groesbeeck de Croix

Photos 12053469.JPGThe museum presents outstanding collections of applied arts with utilitarian objects and decorative arts from the 18th century: furniture, gold- and silverware, earthenware, porcelain, glass, crystal, paintings and sculptures. They can be grouped in two selections: products from Namur, and foreign sites. The Namur furniture illustrates the development of styles from the 17th century to the early 19th century. Artists from beyond Namur: sculptors: Laurent Delvaux, Richardot, Coysevox; painters: Tiepolo, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Vivien, Doncre, Jeurat, Lemoine etc. Glassware: Zoude and Vonêche. A mansion in the Louis XV style, rebuilt between 1750 and 1753 to plans by the architect Jean-Baptiste Chermanne at the bidding of count Alexandre François de Groesbeeck. A former refuge of the abbey of Villers-en-Brabant from the 13th century to 1688, it retains a 17th century façade on the garden side. By the interior organization of the rooms, its sense of light and the interior decoration (woodwork, rocaille stucco, leather hangings, painted canvases, tapestries etc.) it reflects the art of living in the 18th century. The main courtyard gives onto a garden of pruned box with asymmetrical motifs which develop around an axis leading to a pavilion. On the side, an orangery, and a very old tulip tree.
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