Bedroom, Hipolit House, Kraków

In the 18th century, as part of the building's modernisation, the walls and ceilings were decorated with rococo paintings with a motif of pastel-coloured wreaths of flowers and leaves. The delicate, colourful inlays in the rococo Chippendale-style furniture compliment the wall decorations. They form a set and the style itself was incredibly popular in 18th-century England. The most important thing is, of course, the bed and the sheets piled high upon it. Next to it, on the wall, hangs a bed warmer (1690) and under the bed is a faience chamber pot from the German Villeroy & Boch factory decorated with art nouveau motifs. Next to them are a small table and chairs, of which there might be many because guests were often entertained in bedrooms. On the wall hangs a beautiful French rococo pendule en cartel-type clock (cupboard-console clock) made in the Louis XV style around the mid-18th century by Simon Francois Festeau. In the 18th century, the chest of drawers became a very popular piece of furniture. Its drawers mostly stored clothes and on the top, there usually were various small appliances and decorative trinkets. Similar trinkets were also placed on the corner cabinet. There is also a mirror in the bedroom as was already quite common in those days. The one hanging here was made from Venetian glass in the 18th century in Italy. In the corner stands an English cabinet-floor clock made by Henry Thornton. It is adorned with Chinese motifs imitating lacquer that  were very fashionable in the 18th century. A hundred years later, the Far East was back into fashion. The 'sepet' (cabinet) from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries is an example of this. Simplicity, on the other hand, is a feature of the table clock by Gotfryd Krosz, the royal clockmaker who worked in Kraków and brought renown to the clock makers’ guild. The clock is made of several types of wood: oak, linden, and beech. It comes from the 1890s and is equipped with a day counter. Although it is modelled after a palace interior, the bedroom is located in a burghers' house. Therefore, the dishware used here is made primarily of the commonly-used tin, known as 'the silver of the poor'. Among them are interesting examples of dishware, most of which comes from Germany, particularly from Saxony, an important centre of European tinsmithing, along with a milk jug, sugar bowl, candle holders, and a chocolate melting pot for warming and serving this delicious novelty imported from overseas.

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