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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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Publications Journal „Tyragetia"   vol. X [XXV], nr. 2


Ion Ungureanu, a destiny enlightened by the Morning Star
ISSN 1857-0240
E-ISSN 2537-6330

Ion Ungureanu, a destiny enlightened by the Morning Star

Tyragetia, serie nouă, vol. X [XXV], nr. 2, Istorie. Muzeologie

Keywords: Ion Ungureanu, director, minister, drama, Morning Star.

Abstract: On September 8th, 2015, the National Museum of History of Moldova hosted an exceptional cultural event dedicated to the celebration of the 80th anniversary of prominent cultural figure - Ion Ungureanu, actor and director, ex-Minister of Culture of the Republic of Moldova, Artist of the People, Laureate of the National Award, holder of the Order of the Republic.

The event began with the opening of the exhibition "Ion Ungureanu, a destiny lightened by the Morning Star" bringing together more than 230 photos, documents, books, theater programs and posters, prizes, awards and other relics that reflect important aspects of the life and work of one of the most prominent figures of the national culture.

The artistic activity of actor and director Ion Ungureanu includes 13 roles in theatre plays, 21 roles in radio shows and 27 roles in "Moldova-film" and "Mosfilm" productions. He staged 26 plays in theatre and 8 plays in television.

Theseus, Malvolio, Dr. Dorn, von Walter; "Birds of our Youth", "Holy of Holies" and "White Church" by I. Druță, "Minodora" by A. Strâmbeanu, "Nameless Star" by M. Sebastian, "Radu Stefan, the First and the Last" by A. Bu-
suioc - these are just some of the roles and performances that glorified this wonderful actor and director.

In 1970s famous Russian actor Mikhail Ulyanov considered Ion Ungureanu in line with such the greatest directors of the Soviet theater as Georgy Tovstonogov, Iury Liubimov, Anatoly Efros and Oleg Efremov.

The exhibition is a first attempt to valorise through exhibition the cultural and political work of the actor, director and public person Ion Ungureanu. The phenomenon of Ungureanu is yet to be studied, and the lesson of dignity and verticality given by this outstanding personality is yet to be assumed by contemporaries and generations to come.

List of illustrations:
1. The exhibition poster.
2. Debut on the stage of Kremlin Theatre and Vahtangov Theatre. Ion Ungureanu as Alexandru Damian in the play "Wild Flowers" by C. Condrea, 1960.
3. Ion Ungureanu (poet Boris Grădinaru) and Vladimir Zaychuk (driver Toader) in the film "When a person is not in his place", "Moldova-film", 1958.
4. Ion Ungureanu playing inspector Lodze in the film "Favorite", "Moldova-film", 1976.
5. Minister of Culture and Cults Ion Ungureanu at the event of re-opening of the monument to Stefan the Great after its restoration and relocation, August 31, 1990.
6. Sequence from the opening of the exhibition "Ion Ungureanu, a destiny enlightened by the Morning Star".
7. Fragment of the festive event dedicated to the anniversary of the actor and director Ion Ungureanu, National Museum of History of Moldova, September 8, 2015.

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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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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