Manor from Droginia

The hallway has a hunting décor typical for Polish manor houses. Among the hunting trophies hangs a clock with hunting motifs from the second half of the 19th century and an armchair made of deer antlers stands by the fireplace.

A living room of this sort could be found in every manor house, and was where guests were entertained. The exhibition includes pieces of furniture from the first half of the 19th century: a sofa, oval tables, chairs and armchairs. Between the windows stands a high mirror and there is a silver candlestick and a vase on the commode below. The secretary desk with many drawers and a treasury that must have guarded many secrets is a very expensive piece of furniture. On the walls are portraits depicting the uniformed 19th-century owner of the manor, Kazimierz Bzowski, and his son Bogusław.

The lady’s room contains furniture from the second half of the 19th century. it was a refuge for the lady of the house in everyday life but when guests came to visit it became a meeting place for the women. A glazed cupboard in which very valuable porcelain and glass as well as Japanese objects of art made of ivory were kept is a sign of wealth. Next to the cupboard stands a table with knitting accessories. On a table against the wall is a samovar used for making tea and the little broom and dustpan next to it were for sweeping up crumbs from the table.

An aunt called a ‘resident’ lived in the manor house with the owners. She was a single lady who kept the lady of the house company. Such a person was often in charge of the pantry, supervised the servants and helped with the upbringing of young children. The furnishings of this small room come from different periods. Above the bed hangs a painting of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa and next to it is a kneeler used when praying and a bell to summon the servants. Porcelain figurines, cups and plates can be seen in the glazed cupboard. A homemade altar stands on the dresser: a carved wooden cross and metal candlesticks.

Next to this room is the bedroom with furniture in a variety of styles. It also served as a bathroom. In addition to the bed and a wardrobe is a cupboard with a jug and a porcelain bath bowl. All these objects are hidden behind an embroidered screen where there was also a night armchair that served as a toilet at a time when there was no plumbing.

The master’s study was a place for work and gentlemen’s meetings. The bookcase to the left is a reminder of the extensive collection of books owned by the Bzowski family. There is a writing set and a paperweight with a bust of Napoleon on the desk. A portrait of Kazimierz Janota Bzowski, the last owner of the manor house, hangs between the windows. Underneath is a small table where the tobacco smoking paraphernalia is arranged. Further against the wall is a large early 20th-century clock. There is also a leather-covered sofa and armchairs from the inter-war period in the study. Above them, on the wall hangs a decorative fabric to which a metal gorget with the crowned eagle and the Virgin Mary is pinned. A barometer and a small stoup for holy water hang next to the door. Photographs of former owners of the manor house are on display by the stove. To the right is a card table and a wardrobe in which old coin and map collections used to be stored.


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