Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Door For Horses And Chandeliers / Una Puerta Para Caballos Y Arañas

La versión español está después de la versión inglés.

SAN GERALDO AND I finally visited Málaga's Museum of Glass and Crystal. The museum holds a collection spanning centuries, and is also the home of exceptional examples of the decorative arts. It's all contained in a restored 18th-century house in the old artesan neighborhood called San Felipe Neri.

We walked through the first door into a large entry hall. That led into the the central open-air courtyard (now covered by a glass roof). San Geraldo and I had to bend down to get through the next door; although we were told they would open the larger door for the horses (the stables used to be out back).

Today's photos are mostly of the house. The glass and art will come next time — or the time after that. One of the owners gave us a superb guided tour. He was charming and brilliantly knowledgable.

The crystal chandelier (araña de cristal — araña also means spider) in the final photo is one of a pair handed down from the family of another of the museum owners. Alas, it wouldn't fit in our elevator (not to mention our dining room).

SAN GERALDO Y yo finalmente visitamos el Museo de Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga. El museo tiene una colección que abarca siglos, y es también el hogar de ejemplos excepcionales de las artes decorativas. Todo está contenido en una casa restaurada del siglo XVIII en el antiguo barrio artesanal llamado San Felipe Neri.

Caminamos a través de la primera puerta hacia un gran hall de entrada. Eso condujo al patio central al aire libre (ahora cubierto por un techo de vidrio). San Geraldo y yo tuvimos que inclinarnos para pasar por la siguiente puerta; aunque nos dijeron que abrirían la puerta más grande para los caballos (los establos solían estar afuera).

Las fotos de hoy son en su mayoría de la casa. El vidrio y el arte vendrán la próxima vez, o el tiempo después de eso.

La araña de cristal en la foto final es una de un par heredado de la familia de otro de los dueños del museo. ¡Ay! no cabría en nuestro ascensor (sin mencionar nuestro comedor).


REVIVING A NEIGHBORHOOD.
REVIVIENDO UN BARRIO.


THE ORIGINAL 18TH-CENTURY TILE AND STAIRS.
EL AZULEJO Y LAS ESCALERAS ORIGINALES DEL SIGLO XVIII.

THE FLOOR ABOVE THE GLASS ROOF HOUSES THE THREE MUSEUM OWNERS' APARTMENTS.
EL PISO SOBRE EL TECHO DE CRISTAL CONTIENE LOS APARTAMENTOS DE LOS TRES DUEÑOS DEL MUSEO.
THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY IN THE GIFT SHOP.
NO TENÍAN NINGUNO EN LA TIENDA DE REGALOS.

18 comments:

  1. You could hoist it up the outside of the building, maybe it comes apart. There is always a way to get it through the door. I don't have the ceiling height for it in the condo, the other house however . . . but we are going to sell it later this year.

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    1. Travel:
      Too bad YOU won't soon have room for it. You'd have to buy both, though. Value is around 350,000 euros for the pair. Then again, they're not for sale. So sorry.

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  2. I love all the colored glass, and the tile on the stairs. Reminds me of a lot of the smaller museums we saw on last years trip to Buenos Aries.

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    1. mistress maddie:
      At one point, we had our art glass collection on glass shelves in our dining room windows (until the collection got too big). The color and light were glorious. I love those stairs. 300 years of stories!

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  3. What a beautiful building, can only imagine what the owners apartments look like. I can't stand plastic but really do love coloured glass

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    1. Cheapchick:
      The collections in the museum are wonderful. Art glass. Utilitarian glass and crystal. Centuries of family portraits and furniture.

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  4. can't wait to see more pix; and a clever re-purpose of an old building!

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    1. anne marie:
      There were also beautiful back gardens, which I didn't get pictures of. And rooftop gardens, too. Surprisingly large once you got inside.

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  5. I lovethe Spanish tiled staircase!

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    1. Bob:
      So do I. And to think it has survived three centuries.

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  6. Love that tiled staircase -- gorgeous!

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    1. Debra:
      That was a huge hit for me, too.

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  7. Fascinating place. Hope you took lots of photos for us.

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    1. Wilma:
      I didn't take as many as usual. I might have to go back. I didn't want to be rude and keep walking away during the private tour.

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  8. I read this as a door for horses and spiders.

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    1. Spo:
      That's what I was aiming for although I might have better expressed myself if I had said "Chandeliers And A Door For Horses / Arañas Y Una Puerta Para Caballos."

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  9. You only get magnets and shirts in the gs anyway

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    1. Adam:
      Actually they had some fun small items in the gift shop. But I forgot to stop on my way out. (But no magnets and shirts.)

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