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The wide range of the fine arts exhibits (artistic craftsmanship, painting, sculpture, photography) is housed on the Palace’s first floor, creating the so-called piano nobile. The architectural embellishment as well as mobile interiors’ decoration, mainly from the first half of the 19th century, when the palace was furnished for the first time after the extension of the old manor house, preserved in the original site, when the Palace was the seat of the Lubomirski family of Przeworsk. These museum’s pieces determine a principal profile of the successively completing collection that was dispersed after the II World War.

The Museum interiors, according to its historical function, have a character of apartments, state rooms and auxiliary rooms. Their historical functions are emphasized by appropriate selection of exhibits. An important role play old collection inventories and photographs of the interiors from the period before the II World War, recollections, stories of close relatives and also familiarity with objects deriving from the Palace of Przeworsk presently being a part of collections in other museums. Up to these days, preserved old interior’s decoration is consisted of the classical stuccoes, occasionally filled up with elements of the epoch of neostyles – window and door woodwork with stylish furniture and door locks made of guilt bronze, mirrors built in wall panels, chandeliers adapted to plafonds, wall lamps, mosaic parquets.

While gathering collection, the preferred exhibits have a palatial character of Classicism, Empire and Biedermeier style, harmonising with original elements of the interior decoration and completing a simple collection of objects extant after the Lubomirski family of Przeworsk. The latter ones include chest of drawers in the Duchy of Warsaw and the Biedermeier style, Empire chandeliers and wall lamps, Carrara marble fireplaces, craved in biscuit porcelain mythological theme set, sofa in style of Louis XVI , a plaster cast of Apollo Belvedere, a portrait of Henryk Lubomirski in the uniform of Chevalier of Malta ( the last four exhibits belong to works of art regained by the Museum for the Przeworsk Palace).

Although the Palace, build in the age of Classicism, was a place of cultivating artistic traditions of old historical epochs and a living residence, accommodating to new artistic tendencies. Therefore there were objects deriving from the period of its rebuilding c. 1800 in the Classical-Preromantic style as well as works of art form the period of neostyles and even the twentieth-century Modernism. The first ones are represented by the late Renaissance German stool carved on the back with motive of pelicans and two Baroque stools and pieces having character of Historical School e.g. mirrors in Neo-Baroque frames, Neo-Baroque bench or a grand piano in decorative case, 1865. So the Museum has gathered works of art from these periods however solely when they are accordant with an original style of the interior. According to above-mentioned principle, the following groups of exhibits were gathered in seven Palace’s interiors (stately, residential and ancillary character) and open to the public.

The State Staircase and the Hall on the First Floor: travel suitcase, three portraits of Austrian Emperors of the Galicia period (18th -19th century), set of carved Neo-Renaissance stools with the coat-of-arms “Nałęcz” on the back and two big panneaux with tournament decorative theme – stately, historiated canvases by a Matejko’s student – Franciszek Żmurka. The built-in glass-case in the staircase architecture displays an exhibition of silverware and faience referring to the historical period, when the Palace was a residence of the owners and ancestral silverware were stored there.In the passage to the bedroom a nineteenth-century big copy of the Sarmatian woman’s portrait is exposed.

The Dining Room: suite of furniture in the Biedermeier style, two glass-cases with a set of china tableware (incomplete) Austria Schlagenwald and England – Elbogen the second half of the 19th century and c.1900 and also two pieces of the ancestral service of Henryk Lubomirski – Vienna 1807, on the walls china exhibits: Vienna, Meissen, Korzec The 18th century and the first half of the 19th century and a decorative Japanese plate, 19th century; on the little tables wine-jars, a crystal cup with the coat-of-arms “Drużyna” (a related family – the Potulickis), a bowl to cool glasses, Petersburg, the18th century and a plateau for fruit, the 19th century. A Persian rug derives from the same period. A painting framed in glass – gouache on paper, landscape with ancient temple, signed Burnat 1788.

The Ballroom: A group of objects dominates here - memorabilia belonged to the Lubomirski family of Przeworsk: a concert grand piano by the Berlin firm Bechstein, 1865; a Louis XVI triple sofa, a set of wall lamps – Biedermeier, classical chandeliers and a three-piece set of biscuit mantelpiece sculptures with mythological theme, three wall mirrors historiated in gilt frames, a wicker two-level planter and a portrait of the Lubomirski family on horses in the park of Przeworsk 1910, by Zygmunt Rozwadowski. The exhibits complete later Museum’s acquisition: pair of portraits of a lady in the pink bonnet and an officer of the army of the Warsaw Duchy period signed "Kokular pinx. 1830" (on the lady’s portrait), portrait of a woman in the Biedermeier style and count Rozwadowski in uniform of the army officer of the Warsaw Duchy, oil on canvases, the first half of the 19th century, a mirror in the Neo-Renaissance frame and the Empire wall clock and also set of furniture: a sofa, a little table and four Louis Philip chairs, a set consisted of six chairs, sofa and armchair in the Louis XVI type.

The Pink Salon: also called “The Mirrored Salon”. From the time of the Lubomirski family the Classical stucco works by Fryderyk Bauman were preserved from the first decade of the 19th century with additions by Antoni Bauman in the Neo-Rococo style from the second half of the 19th century, a Classical Chandelier as well as fireplace made of the Carrara marble with a delicate relief of the garland motive. The furniture that are displayed here such as an inlaid chest of drawers with mounts of the horsemanship of the Warsaw Duchy motives and built-in four wall mirrors. All these exhibits, gained by the Museum, refer to the general style of the interior e.g. a mantel clock in the style of Louis XVI by the Viennese firm of Frietz Richter, two Rococo armchairs (mid-18th century), an Empire oil portrait of the proprietress of the residence of Krasne near Rzeszów – Amalia Skrzynecka nee Skrzyńska (wife of general Skrzynecki), a Neo-Rococo rest furniture with tapestry á la Aubisson (four armchairs and a sofa), a glass-case with sliverware and platters from the 19th century (mainly in the Classical and Neo-Rococo style), a uniaxial corner glass-case with porcelain and faience trinkets such as a little porcelain carriage (Germany, 1859), a Neo-Rococo sprinkler toy (Germany, 4th quarter of the 19th century), a sugar bowl – Chinoserie, the 19th century. Noteworthy are two platter planters (one of them is a beautiful, refined exemplar of the Art Nouveau style) and a little Turkish carpet from the 19th century. This particular exhibition is completed byan early 19th century house grand piano (in deposit) by the firm of Petroff.

In the following order one can see: the princess’ boudoir, the prince’s study, bedroom and the wardrobe and also sideboard room called “handy kitchen” with preserved extremely interesting original built-in cupboards and elegant glass-cases for chinaware.

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