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- Author designed by Wojciech Brzega
- Date of production 1930
- Place of creation Zakopane, Poland
- Dimensions height: 230 cm, length: 178 cm, width: 74 cm
- ID no. MS/119-A
- Branch The Pieniny Mountain Museum named after Józef Szalaya in Szlachtowa
- Style zakopiański
- Object copyright Nowy Sącz District Museum
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
Wojciech Brzega was a designer of furniture which can be found in the collection of the Pieniny Museum, and which was made in the Zakopane style at the request of Jan Wiktor, a writer. The most impressive exhibit is an oak sideboard. It is one of the elements of a full set of furniture in the Zakopane style which can be found in the Pieniny Museum.
The Zakopane style was applied to the construction of guesthouses and furniture and the manufacture of household appliances, clothes, porcelain, musical instruments, and souvenirs. Elements of the culture of the highlanders also penetrated the work of composers and writers. One of the close associates of Stanisław Witkiewicz was Wojciech Brzega, who, in 1904, together with Wiktor Gosieniecki, published a collection of furniture designs entitled, Zakopane style – the dining room. This contained patterns of new tables, cupboards, chairs, and beds, in which highlander-style design and ornamentation were used. The furniture was made of sycamore, spruce, ash, mountain elm, apple tree, and oak. The decoration included sculpture, polychrome, and, sometimes, marquetry, for which yew, mountain pine and sycamore wood were used.
The basis of the wardrobe is formed by a two-door chest. The door panels are decorated with carved motifs of rosettes and a half-sun. Decorative pegs have been embossed over the rosettes. Under the chest top, there are two drawers with decorative metal handles. On the upper part of the cupboard is a centrally located niche, below which there is a drawer with a motif of two rosettes and two glass cabinets on the sides. The upper part and sides of the cupboard are finished with decorative ornamentation.
The cupboard is one of the elements of the full interior furnishing in Zakopane style held in the Pieniny Museum. The remaining ones are: a large inlaid table with eight chairs, a small table, two benches, a cabinet clock, a bookcase, an armchair, a decorative shelf. These furniture items were used to furnish Jan Wiktor’s flat, which was located in Szczawnica in the “Szalay” villa, on the street which today bears the name of the writer.
Elaborated by Barbara Węglarz (Nowy Sącz District Museum), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved