Ground floor: Cavalier Rooms

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.

Languedoc Faience 16th - 18th century

Vitrine 1 : La faïence du Languedoc, XVIe - XVIIIe siècle

The art of faience appeared in Montpellier at the end of the 16th century. The growth of demand...

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Italian Faience, 16th to 18th Century

Vitrine 2 : La faïence italienne, XVIe - XVIIIe siècle

During the Renaissance period the art of faience, known as majolica, developed in Italy. From the 15th century...

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South of France faience 18th century

vitrine 3 : La faïence du Midi, XVIIIe siècle

In the second half of the 18th century, faience makers succumbed to fashion and produced a large number...

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Faïence from Strasbourg and the East, 18th century

vitrine 4 : La faïence de Strasbourg et de l’Est, XVIIIe siècle

Strasbourg was one of the greatest faience centres in the 18th century. The Hannong manufactory mastered the low...

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Delft faience 17th - 18th century

Vitrine 5 : La faïence de Delft, XVIIe - XVIIIe siècle

The founding of the Dutch East India Company in 1602 led to the arrival in Holland of massive...

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Far East porcelain 18th - 18th century

Vitrine 6 : La porcelaine extrême-orientale, XVIIIe - XIXe siècle

Porcelain appeared in China in the early Christian period. It was made from an exceptionally white clay called...

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European porcelain 18th - 19th century

Vitrine 7 : La porcelaine européenne, XVIIIe -XIXe siècle

The secret of making porcelain was only discovered in Europe in the 18th century. The Meissen factory was...

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Languedoc gold and silverware 18th century

Vitrine 8 : L'orfèvrerie languedocienne, XVIIIe siècle

Montpellier, which saw the appearance of the town's hallmark around 1220, occupies a unique place in the history...

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French gold and silverware 18th - 19th century

Vitrine 9 : L'orfèvrerie française, XVIIIe - XIXe siècle

Pieces of civil gold which were destined for domestic and daily use reveal the tastes and customs of...

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Ground floor: The monumental staircase

L'escalier monumental

The staircase proportions and ornamentation add to the building's splendour. In keeping with the tradition of monumental staircases...

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