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Brisé fan
Brisé fans are a type of folding fan with overlapping decorative sticks, held together by a cord or ribbon threaded through them. This type of fan, which appeared in Europe at the beginning of the 17t...
Alof de Wignacourt Medal (Obverse)
This exceptional medal featuring Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt (r. 1601-1622), and dating to 1607, is extremely rare. The obverse features the bust of the Grand Master facing left, while on the reve...
Turkmen Chuval
A chuval is a large storage bag for the transportation of clothes and household things. Just the front panel of the chuval is usually seen in the west, as the bag face was easier to display, and many ...
Oriental Rug
Oriental Rug
Victorian Double-Ended Scent Bottle
The history of scent bottles goes back to the Ancient World, and the earliest perfume containers were made out of simple glass, alabaster or stone to hold valuable and scented oils such as musk and fr...
One of the Display Cabinets in the Refectory
This display cabinet includes a number of small eclectic collections, such as bronze petards (maskli), locks, various weights and measures, and pewter wares. Pewter is a tin-based alloy composed prima...
Hanging Oil Lamp
This oil lamp is made of brass and hangs from three chains which take the form of twisted ribbons, each interspersed by a round knop. The lamp itself is a hollow bulbous container, with a wide opening...
Model of a ship
This wooden ship model is one of several in the Palazzo Falson Collection. Ships featured greatly in the Gollcher family fortunes. Captain Olof’s grandfather had settled in Malta in 1848 setting up a ...
Il-Baqra
This lidded horizontally-long earthenware container is known in Maltese as il-baqra (the cow), and was used for cooking stew. It stands on four squat legs, and has a head-shaped protrusion on one side...
Folding Fan
The first folding fans to be produced in Europe were inspired by examples brought over from the Orient, and by the 16th century Italy became the first European country to make them. They were soon to ...
Kitchen Fireplace Tiles
The room Capt. Gollcher affectionately called his ‘trattoria’ is dominated by a large fireplace, which is decorated with colourful maiolica tiles showing individual folk figures in 18th century costum...
Gold Filigree Hair Comb
Filigree work requires a high degree of precision and skill, and is composed of a thin fine wire of usually silver or gold that can be curled, twisted or plaited into intricate motifs. The shaped wire...
Carved Walnut Armchairs
Highly ornate heavy armchairs probably dating to the early 17th century. It is likely that they were produced in North Italy. These armchairs are characterised by a very heavily carved back and stretc...
Gold Zecchino (Obverse)
Gold Zecchino (Obverse) A number of the coins from the collection at Palazzo Falson belong to the time of the Order of St. John, and the above example is a rare gold zecchino of Grand Master Martino G...
Carthaginian Bronze Coin
One of the oldest coins in the collection, this Carthaginian Bronze coin dates to the period 250-210 B.C. The head of Tanit is represented on the obverse, while the head and neck of a horse, a typical...
Persian dagger
This Persian dagger, with its double-edged curved blade and “I”-shaped grip has the characteristics of the traditional Jambiya. However, it does not contain the narrow central rib along the blade inte...
Maltese 18th Century Silver Reliquary
Prominent amongst the collection of ecclesiastical silver, is the Rococo period Reliquary on display in the chapel. Its design centres around an oval glazed relic box which is intended to hold a fragm...
Icon of the Virgin Eleousa
This icon of the Virgin and Child is of the traditional Eleousa type, also known as the Virgin of Tenderness or Mercy. The iconography of the Eleousa usually depicts the faces of the Virgin and Child ...
Gioacchino Lebrun, Late 18th Century Maltese Silver Covered Jug
This covered jug, which graces the Dining Room table, is one of the finest examples of Maltese silver belonging to the time of Grand Master De Rohan (r. 1775-1797), and was one of the exhibits in ‘The...
Silver Model of a Queen
This silver model of a Queen bears the marks that associate it with the Neresheimer firm in Hanau, which was founded in 1890 by August and Ludwig Neresheimer with Jean Schlingloff. Hanau was an import...
Silver Sugar Basin
Maltese Early 19th Century Silver Sugar Basin
Diana and Actaeon, oil on canvas, 150x127cm
In Greek mythology Diana was the virgin huntress and one of the twelve gods and goddesses of Olympus. She was also identified with the moon goddess Luna, and as such she wears a crescent moon on her b...
Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-1828), Coastal Scene with Fishing Boats, oil on canvas, 40x60cm
Richard Parkes Bonington was born in Arnold near Nottingham in 1802, but moved to Calais with his family at the age of 15. His father, also called Richard, was a provincial drawing-master and painter....
Attributed to David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690), Tavern Scene, oil on canvas, 30x24cm
This painting features a theme that was most popular in 17th century Flemish art - drinking and dancing merry-making peasants, portrayed at feasts or in taverns. In his lifetime Teniers was recognised...
Azerbaijan Rug
Palazzo Falson has an impressive collection of over eighty Oriental rugs, twenty-one of which are from Azerbaijan. Historical sources claim that Azerbaijan was one of the most important centres of fla...
Calabrian School, 16th Century Style, Holy Family with Saints
This icon is painted in oils on panel. It was first attributed to a 16th century Calabrian School by John Cauchi in the first published catalogue of this collection (J.A. Cauchi, Catalogue of Painting...
Metal Icon Pendant of the Nativity
Metal icons were popular in the 18th and 19th century, and are largely associated with the Old Believers, a conservative sect of Russian Orthodox Christians. These icons were portable and durable, wit...
Figures in Ecclesiastical Costume
Naively painted and of greater documentary value rather than artistic merit, this painting probably dates to the late 18th century. The artist is unknown, however, the costumed figures appear to relat...
Mannerist Style Brooch
This Mannerist style brooch which is displayed in the jewellery cabinet was evidently a prized family piece and was carefully reproduced down to the smallest details in the bronze portrait bust of Ola...
Micallef & Giglio Fob Watch
This watch is the only one in the collection which has a Maltese connection. Written on its face is S.tor Micallef & Giglio à Malte. Salvatore Micallef was a securely documented 18th century Maltese c...
Isaac Hasius watch, Late 17th century
This watch is the oldest one in the Palazzo Falson collection and is signed Isaac Hasius Haerlem. Its outer case is made of tortoise shell inlaid with silver. The elaborate dial includes an outer ring...
Early 19th Century Vacheron Constantin Fob Watch
This open-faced quarter-repeating fob watch by Vacheron Constantin dates to the early 19th century, and its dial bears subsidiary seconds and Roman numerals. Vacheron Constantin, still operational tod...
Robert Robin Fob Watch, c.1797
This unique watch is undoubtedly one of the most valuable pieces in the Palazzo Falson collection. It is signed Robin a’ Paris No. 2, and was made in Paris around 1797 by Robert Robin (1742-1799). Rob...
Illuminated Manuscript, 1636
This manuscript written on paper contains a polychromised full page miniature with decorated border, highlighted in gold. The painted roundel within the border, features the Madonna and Child with St ...
German Illuminated Manuscript
On of the pages of this illuminated manuscript is a miniature featuring a full armorial bearing of a nobleman. The shield is surmounted by two crowned helmets each carrying a separate crest and full m...
Dell’Istoria della Sacra Religione et Ill.ma Militia di San Giovanni Giersolimitano, Parte Seconda by Giacomo Bosio
Dell’Istoria della Sacra Religione et Ill.ma Militia di San Giovanni Giersolimitano, Parte Seconda by Giacomo Bosio
Persian Helmet
The featured bowl-shaped spiked helmet is known as a Kulah Khud, and is mounted with an adjustable nasal guard, two plume holders, and a chain mail neck guard suspended from the skull. This helmet is ...
Persian Shield
This round convex shield, which is also referred to as sipar, is etched with figures in Persian style costumes, and various foliage patterns. This shield also features a damascened band of Kufic scrip...
Miniature Pistol
The firearms section in the Armoury includes a fine collection of British, Italian, French and Spanish flintlock pistols. There are also some French-style flintlock pistols that were made specifically...
17th Century Coffer
The Maltese senduq, or coffer, was one of the earliest pieces of furniture in the home, as well as one of the most important. It was probably introduced into Malta when it was under Arab rule. Early c...
Table Cabinet
The earliest cabinets, known as table cabinets, were created for the storage of papers, jewels, and other valuables. Designed to stand on tables or other chests, they came into fashion in the 16th cen...
Maltese 17th Century Formal Armchair
This armchair is decorated with cotton plant carvings on the wooden finials and stretcher, and its leather seat and back are attached to the frame by means of circular brass studs. The coat-of-arms of...
Silver Flatware
Silver flatware bearing coats of arms of Knights of the Order of St John
Silver Coffee Pot
Tea was not generally popular in the Maltese Islands prior to the advent of the British, and coffee pot manufacturing in Malta can be traced back to the last quarter of the 17th century. In 1615, a Ve...
Charles Beale II (1660-1714), Portrait of a Man, 1684, oil on canvas, 65x63cm
Dating to 1684, the featured portrait is by Charles Beale, who hailed from a family of painters. Both his maternal grandfather and his father were amateur painters, and his mother, Mary Beale (1633-16...
Edward Lear (1812-1888), Fomm ir-Rih, 1866, watercolour and pen on paper, 24x45cm
Lear (1812-1888) was an English artist, author and traveller, who today is probably best known for his Nonsense verses, and the whimsical poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’. Throughout his life, Lear tra...
Mattia Preti (1613-1699), Lucretia Stabbing Herself, oil on canvas, 209x155cm
One of the most important paintings in this collection is Lucretia Stabbing Herself by Mattia Preti, which was attributed by Professor John Spike, a noted authority on this artist. The story of Lucret...
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