Friday, February 18, 2011

Musée Mandet

As of January, the Musée Mandet in Riom has reopened after one year of extensive renovations. Installed in two hôtels particuliers, one classic, built with distinctive volcanic stone of Volvic from the 18th century and the other mostly built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Originally founded in 1866 to display the portraits of important personalities of the Auvergne region, the museum rapidly expanded its art collections with paintings and sculptures from Antiquity to the 19th century.

 "The musée Mandet underwent a spectacular development in 1983. Boosted by a donation from the Richard spouses, art amateurs and collectors from Riom, it doubled its exhibition area and bought some
1500 pieces - paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewels, ivories, tapestries, furniture, enamels, copperware and silver and gold plate – that illustrate the main periods of the history of art, up to the XIXth century. These rich collections, in particular the civilian gold and silver pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries, were the point of departure in 1990 for the creation of a fund of contemporary decorative art based on gold and silver plate, from the 1950s to our day, under the impulse of Marie Josée Linou, chief curator of the museums of
Riom Communauté."

Now that you have a bit of background information, enjoy these beautiful comtemporary pieces. You can find more by following the link.
Hiroshi Suzuki (born 1961 in Miyagi, Japan), vase Aqua Poesy IX, 2005, silver © Karine Joannet - Vice-Versa

Mike Sharpe (born 1979), Teapot bug, 2003, silver plated copper © Karine Joannet - Vice-Versa

Marie Ducaté ,Vase Homme-papillons femmes-papillons, dans les fleurs 2000.
Dépôt du FNAC © Karine Joannet - Vice-Versa
photos of 3 art works from art-of-the-day


  1. Fascinating and beautiful.

    Love the vase!

  2. Au nom de mes ancêtres Auvergnats, Riomais, et Chatel-Guyonnais, je ne dirais qu'un mot : Fouchtra!

  3. i've never actually WANTED to be awfully rich, until i contemplate the possibility of acquiring exceedingly beautiful things. and then it seems like such a good idea.....

  4. the tea pot is amazing.
    and such a young talent.

  5. I followed both links and come back to the Suzuki vase being my favorite. The museum sounds like a place well worth making a detour for.

  6. i loved this. and mad for the bug teapot. thanks G.

  7. I have really enjoyed these lovely works of art, thanks to your post.

  8. I think the Marie Ducaté vase is what Madame X would like in butterflies and flowers.

  9. To All: Thank you for your enthusiasm.

    HbD: Interesting idea, Great Eye. Mme X and the vase both show their feminine advantages with the same swayed stance.