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MALBORK CASTLE MUSEUM

A MASTERPIECE OF ARCHITECTURE OF THE LATE MIDDLE AGES THAT HOSTS ONE OF THE WORLD’S RICHEST COLLECTIONS OF AMBER

Definitely one of the most important monuments of Gothic brick architecture in Europe, Malbork Castle is located an hour drive from Gdańsk, the famous historic city and the capital of Amber. This remarkable complex was not created straightaway on the basis of a uniform project and architectonic design; its construction started somewhere in between 1270 and 1280, and knew subsequent changes over the years before the castle took the ultimate structure of today.

Agnieszka&Waldemar Góralscy, Brooch, 1977 collection magazine

Featuring high standard facilities and equipments, Malbork Castle is one of the largest tourist attractions not only in Poland, but also in Europe. It is highly praised as a perfect location for film shooting, concerts, performances and formal meetings, professional and scientific conferences.

Malbork Castle Museum occupies this true masterpiece of architecture of the late Middle Ages. Established in 1961, this museum of art and history hosts permanent exhibitions of weaponry, ornamental stones from Teutonic castles in Prussia, Gothic sculpture, stained glass and others. However, the true highlight is the Amber Collection.

In fact Malbork Castle history is closely linked with amber. During the Middle Ages, amber became the source of the commercial might of the Order. Mainly rosaries but also reliefs and figural sculptures were made from amber. In modern times, amber became one of the favourite materials of artisans making luxury goods such as small sculptures, goblets, caskets as well as small altars.

Wojciech Jakubowski, Chalice with conch, 1994 malbork collection magazine

The famous Malbork amber collection is considered to be the most diverse and comprehensive in its field in the world. It depicts both the natural richness of the forms and hues of the living stone as well as everyday use and jewellery items made of this material. The collection features amber in various contexts, the historic pieces with the most up to date acquisitions and new technologies. It contains examples of natural amber and a number of extraordinary works of the old masters, including amber craftsmanship masterpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries.

It is mainly famous for unique amber masterpieces which belonged to Polish Kings – Stanisław Leszczyński and Stanisław August Poniatowski. It also hosts several pieces made by prominent artists working in Gdańsk, such as Michel Redlin or Christopher Maucher.

“Origin” is the name of the piece of contemporary jewelry conceived and realized by the Lebanese gems’ expert and jewelry designer Claude Mazloum, which is underway to join the exclusive Malbork amber collection.
As its name indicates, this piece is artistically created to symbolize the life-giving origin. In addition to its conceptual design and the ideal mix of materials and colors used in the composition, the “Origin” stands out for its unique purpose; far from being a traditional jewellery piece, it has been designed to surround the entire upper part of the woman body, which includes the neck, shoulders, chest and back, thus embracing the heart that is the pulse of life. A true work of art reflecting on a new dimension of the unique richness of amber which has been explored by man over centuries.

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