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#Exhibit of the Month

The history of silverware goes back over 5,000 years, but only in the 3rd millennium BC, in Mesopotamia and Anatolia, the first pieces of processed silver were made. From there, the art of working with silver spread to Persia and to Europe, where already in Roman and Greek antiquity it reached a high level of skill. Many of the techniques used then, such as casting, embossing and engraving, are still used today.

The National Museum of History of Moldova possesses a rich collection of silver items, which in a special way reflects the everyday life of people of the 18th-20th centuries. The typological range of objects that make up the collection includes both secular and ecclesiastical silverware: fruit vases, bonbonnieres, cutlery, tea and coffee preparation and serving sets, salt-cellars, handbags, snuffboxes and cigarette cases, candelabra, as well as icon cases, chalices, pectoral crosses, candlesticks, and so on.

Products of renowned jewelers, such as Fabergé, Khlebnikov, Sazikov in Russia, Elkington in England, Christofle in France or Norblin and Fraget in Poland stand out for their special quality and luxury. A significant item in the museum's silverware collection is the teapot on a stand with a spirit lamp (bouillotte), made in the Christofle workshop in France.

The Christofle workshop was founded in Paris in 1830 by Charles Christofle. The workshop, which was the court supplier of the Emperor of France Napoleon III, the Emperor of Mexico and the Tsar of Russia, created decorative and household pieces of rare beauty. It was also highly appreciated by the Royal House of Romania, which granted the workshop a supplier patent. In 1842, Charles Christofle bought a patent for electroplating, a technique that involved first coating a metal base with copper and then with nickel and silver. It was this technique that allowed him to mass-produce silver tea sets, which were very popular at the time. Tea, brought to Europe in 1610 by the East India Company, was an expensive commodity that gradually gained popularity. The oldest preserved teapots, dating from the 1670s, were small. As tea gained popularity, larger teapots began to be produced, shaped to match the fashion of the time.

According to Christofle catalogs, the model was produced in 1868 and fascinates with its elegance and refinement. The teapot has a complex design including a pear-shaped container, the surface of which is ornamented with guilloché in the Louis XVI style of the late 1780s. In the upper and lower parts of the body it is decorated with a border with tulips on protrusions, and in the center, it has an escutcheon with an engraved double frame. The teapot is equipped with a folding basket-like handle decorated with triple rings, and a lid with a knob. There are two rivets on the teapot for attaching it to the stand. A spirit lamp with a straight handle and a device for lifting the wick is fixed in the middle of the stand. The item has the Christofle stamp and is made of nickel silver.

The teapot on a stand with a spirit lamp, made in the Christofle workshop, harmoniously combines the value of a unique object and a sample of a large industrial series.

Dimensions: H.: 43 cm; W.: 24 cm.

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General Director of NMHM

Eugen Sava, Doctor Habilitat of Historical Sciences

Education:
• Department of History, SUM (1983);
• Institute of History of Material Culture of AS of USSR (1985-1988) – doctorate;

Thesis „Kultura mnogovalikovoj keramiki Dnestrovsko-Prutskogo mejdurečja (kul'turno-istoričeskaja charakteristika, chronologija i periodizacija)". 1989, Leningrad, URSS.

• State University of Moldova (2003) – doctor habilitat.

Thesis "Cultural-chronological interferences in the Late Bronze Age in the Carpathian-Dniester area (Noua-Sabatinovka cultural complex)". 2003. State University, Chisinau.

Field of research: Prehistoric archaeology in the Carpathian-Dniester area
• Corresponding member of the German Institute of Archeology (Deutsches Arhaeologisches Institut), Berlin (2009)
• Honorary member of the Institute of Archeology of the Romanian Academy, Iasi (2010) 

Tel.: +373 (22) 24 43 25
Email: office@nationalmuseum.md

 

Deputy Director for Collections

Elena Postica, Doctor of Historical Sciences

Education:
• Department of History, SUM (1976);
• Institute of History of ASM (1998) – doctorate.

Thesis for the degree of Ph.D.: “Anti-Soviet Resistance in the Moldavian SSR (1944-1950)”.

Tel.: +373 (22) 24 15 61
Email: elena.postica@nationalmuseum.md; epostica@yahoo.com  

 

Deputy Director for Public Relations

Livia Sîrbu

• Education:Faculty of History and Ethnopedagogy of the State Pedagogical University „Ion Creanga” (2008-2010) - bachelor's / master's degree (2003-2010);

Tel.: +373 69 570 373
Email: livia.sirbu@nationalmuseum.md

 

Project Director

Lilia Zabolotnaia, Doctor habilitate of Historical Sciences

Education:
• USM Faculty of History (1984);
• Institute of History of the ASM (1998) - PhD.

Doctoral thesis: "Formation and establishment of the urban market in Moldova at the end of the 16th century -  the beginning of the 18th century"
Post-Doctoral thesis entitled "The status of women in medieval society in Moldova and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (XIV-XVII centuries). Comparative study"

Tel.: +373 (22) 24 43 25
Email: lilizab61@gmail.com

 

Chief Accountant

Angela Marchitan

Education: International Management Institute, Chisinau (2006)

Tel.: +373 (22) 23 82 69
Email: angela.marchitan@gmail.com

 

Departments

Curatorial Department

Head: Irina Goncharova

Education: State Pedagogical Institute named after Ion Creanga (1978)

Tel.: +373 (22) 23 82 82 

 

Restoration Department

Head: Ecaterina Bondarenco

Education: Department of History, SUM (1980)

Tel.: +373 (22) 23 82 84 

 

Department of Public Relations and Museum Education

Head: Natalia Popovici

Education: State Pedagogical University named after Ion Creanga (1992)

Tel.: +373 (22) 24 04 26
Email: natalia.popovici@nationalmuseum.md 

 

Exhibition Department

Head: Victor Toi

Education: Department of History, SUM (1983)

Tel.: +373 (22) 24 13 48
Email: victsoi@rambler.ru

 

Informatics Department

Head: Lilia Calughin

Education: Department of Library Science and Bibliography, SUM  (1992)

Tel.: +373 (22) 24 36 71
Email: lilia.calughin@nationalmuseum.md  

 

Publications and editorial marketing Center

Head: Aurel Zanoci, Doctor of Historical Sciences

Education:
• Department of History, SUM (1991);
• State University of Moldova (1993-1996) – doctorate.

Thesis for the degree of Ph.D.:  “The Getae-Dacian Fortifications in the Area outside the Carpathians in 6th – 3rd centuries B.C.”

Tel.: +373 (22) 23 82 79
Email: aurel.zanoci@nationalmuseum.md

 

Library and scientific archive

Head: Mariana Balan

Education:
• Department of Letters, SUM (1995);
• Department of Post-University Studies, SUM (1997)

Tel.: +373 (22) 24 36 69
Email: marilibr@mail.ru  

 
Research Departments

Archaeology

Head: Gheorghe Postică, Dr. habil. in history, university lecturer

• Moldova State University, Faculty of History (1976), licentiate studies.
• M. V. Lomonosov State University in Moscow (1988), doctoral studies.

Ph.D. thesis: "Pottery of Central Moldova of the late 1st - early 2nd millennia AD as a historical source".

• Moldova State University (2006), postdoctoral studies.

Habilitation thesis: "Early medieval civilization of the Prut-Dniester region (5th-13th centuries)".

Tel.: +373 68 896 767
Email: gpostica@gmail.com   

 

History and Museology

Head: Anuta Boldureanu, Doctor of Historical Sciences

Education:
• Department of History, SUM (1994);
• Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of ASM (2003) – doctorate.
Thesis for the degree of Ph.D.: “Ottoman Coin in Moldova (1512-1603)”

Tel.: +373 (22) 23 82 85
Email: anuta.boldureanu@nationalmuseum.md

 



 

 


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Abolition of Autonomy. Bessarabia – a New Tsarist Colony
Period of Relative Autonomy of Bessarabia within the Russian Empire
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Formation of Independent Medieval State of Moldova
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#Exhibit of the Month

The history of silverware goes back over 5,000 years, but only in the 3rd millennium BC, in Mesopotamia and Anatolia, the first pieces of processed silver were made. From there, the art of working with silver spread to Persia and to Europe, where already in Roman and Greek antiquity it reached a high level of skill. Many of the techniques used then, such as casting, embossing and engraving, are still used today...

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Visit museum 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
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The National Museum of History of Moldova takes place among the most significant museum institutions of the Republic of Moldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific reputation.
©2006-2022 National Museum of History of Moldova
Visit museum 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Phones:
Secretariat: +373 (22) 24-43-25
Department of Public Relations and Museum Education: +373 (22) 24-04-26
Fax: +373 (22) 24-43-69
E-mail: office@nationalmuseum.md
Technical Support: info@nationalmuseum.md
Web site administration and maintenance: Andrei EMILCIUC

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The National Museum of History of Moldova takes place among the most significant museum institutions of the Republic of Moldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific reputation.
©2006-2022 National Museum of History of Moldova
Visit museum 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Phones:
Secretariat: +373 (22) 24-43-25
Department of Public Relations and Museum Education: +373 (22) 24-04-26
Fax: +373 (22) 24-43-69
E-mail: office@nationalmuseum.md
Technical Support: info@nationalmuseum.md
Web site administration and maintenance: Andrei EMILCIUC