In the ground floor rooms, which were originally the communal spaces of this town house, a contemporary exhibition space displays the collections of ceramics, gold and silver. The trail is symbolically opened by the historiated dish from the Fontana d’Urbino workshops which was a gift from François-Xavier Fabre in 1825. This was the first art object to enter the Musée Fabre's collections. The dish dates to 1543 and marks the starting point both historically and chronologically for the ceramics collection.
French faience is well represented with an important collection of apothecary jars attributed to Montpellier and pieces from 18th century table settings from important faience centres such as Moustiers, Marseille and Strasbourg.
The collections of European porcelain are dominated by Meissen and Sèvres. Porcelain from the Far East is represented by pieces from the East India Company.
The trail ends with a collection representing Montpellier silver and goldsmiths from the 18th century with exceptionally important historic pieces such as the masterpiece by Marc Bazille dated 1782.