Collection of Jewellery and Metal Art
The jewellery collection, established in the year of 1946, includes over 2200 jewellery pieces by more than 130 authors. The oldest exponents time-wise are the 19-century national jewellery. The nucleus of the collection is formed by the jewellery from the 1950s-1980s that reflects well the changes and innovations occurred within the local context and the historical background. The collection also provides a good overview of the more recent jewellery including the works of the younger generation, whose preferences lie with international approach and taking liberties at the usage of material, in the technical as well as aesthetic sense. From the 1960s onwards, jewellery has been one of the most fascinating areas in Estonian applied arts, the new ideas of various times have been expressed quickly and flexibly here, retaining simultaneously the connection with tradition. In addition to unique jewellery pieces, the museum collection also includes samples of serial production and artist’s limited series of the Art Production Factory of the ESSR. The museum acquired them in 1976, 1981 and 1997.
Merike Alber – curator of jewellery and metal art collection.
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