Biron family, von,  /  ,   - Gross Wartenberg

The Silver Room in Gross Wartenberg castle, around 1909

family von Biron
Creators of the collection:

At the end of the 18th century a huge art collection of Peter von Biron, Duke of Courland (1724-1800) was moved to Silesia. Several hundred works of art were exhibited in Sagan, which was the Duke's main residence. Another part of the collection was located in the castle of Gross Wartenberg, which, along with the whole Gross Wartenberg country state, was inherited after Peter von Biron's death by his brother Karl Ernst. Because of an objection by the curator of Peter's daughters and the ensuing lawsuit the inheritance passed to Karl Ernst's son, Gustav Calixt, only in 1803.

Duration of this collection in Silesia: beginning of the 19th century - 1945
Description of the collection:

In the Gross Wartenberg castle there were numerous portraits of the family members by artists such as Hartmann Barisien, Anton Graff, Josef Grassi and Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun. The pride of the collection were masterpieces of old masters, e.g. "The Portrait of Two Patricians" by Gianbattista Moroni. The palace interiors contained also an impressive display of arts and crafts, featuring porcelain and glass objects, clocks and arrases.

Categories of works of art in this collection: Painting (16), Sculpture (3), Applied arts (3)

Piotr Łukaszewicz, Obraz Élisabeth Vigée–Lebrun i zbiory sycowskie, [in:] Marmur dziejowy. Studia z historii sztuki, Ewa Chojecka and others (ed.), Poznań 2002, p. 381-388

Localization: Gross Wartenberg (Syców) - castle of von Biron family (the building no longer exists)
Authors of this entry:
  • Piotr Łukaszewicz
Published on: 01 / 12 / 2009
Project co-financed by Ministry of Labour and Social Policy under Government Project – Civic Benefit Fund.
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