The Ethnographical Museum of Câmpulung, located on Republicii Boulevard at no. 5, is hosted by one of the oldest houses in town. The house was built in the first part of the eighteenth century, in 1735 more precisely, and it belonged to a local boyar of the time, one whose name was Ștefănescu. The building was renovated in 1928 by Dumitru Ionescu-Berechet, a local architect    who was a student and collaborator of Statie Ciortan, himself a student of Ion Mincu, the fin-de-siécle architect who sought to create a so-called Romanian style in architecture, in fact a version of the local Art Nouveau style which combined the folk motifs with the regional (vernacular) ones, and these in turn with religious-Byzantine themes. Accordingly, Ionescu-Berechet adopted for the Ștefănescu house (it is in fact called the Gică Ștefănescu villa after the name of the last owner and inheritor, a lawyer by his profession) a design that makes strong references to the vernacular style of the region (e.g. see the wooden pillars on porch and on the upper floor, doors, entrances, as well as gates). The religious references can be noticed too, like the three-lobe design of the windows, balconies or verandas, as well as floral patterns, often met in Byzantine art. In the first years of communism, the building was donated by the Ștefănescu family to the Romanian Academy, and since that time it became an exhibition space, first hosting the City Museum, and afterwards (starting 1977) the Ethnographical Museum.

Apart from a rich collection of peasant costumes of the area, as well as interesting wood objects, the museum located in Ștefănescu house has on display a small but representative collection of ceramic objects. The visitor can see various pieces, from pots and plates to stoves, all of them generously decorated. They come from all the major historical and ethnographical areas of the country so we can say that the museum is one of Romanian ceramics, and not only of the Muscel area (the ethnographical part of the county where the museum and the city is located, namely Argeș.  

5 thoughts on “Ceramic Objects at the Ethnographical Museum of Câmpulung (Argeș county, Romania)

    1. Thank you very much for your comment. Yes, ceramic stoves are so beautiful, in any style or design. My personal favorite are those round in shape and featuring white tiles. I think I saw most of these in northern Europe, but not sure if it`s typical to the area.

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