Romania’s Royal Court is the object of several projects of Casa Mureșenilor Museum from Brașov. Among these, we would like to mention the „Art and Ceremony at the Royal Dinners” exhibition organised in partnership with Peleș National Museum, opened at Brașov Museum till September 7th 2019. The theme recalls that back in 1885, Queen Elisabeth suggested, at the Court Ball, for the ladies to be dressed in the old and beautiful rural costume, the Romanian blouse and homespun skirt of their own initiative to be more original and to prove their patriotism. At some thematic balls, the national costume was mandatory.
246 cultural goods
The „Art and Ceremony at the Royal Tables” Exhibition is proposing the visitors a fascinating trip in the daily life of the royal families in Romania during 1866-1930. The exhibition includes 246 cultural goods of special value in the collections of Peleș National Museum, once decorating the royal dinners at Peleș Castle in Sinaia, the summer residence of the royal family.
Art and ceremony
Tourists coming to visit the exhibition are really curious and ask questions: How was the Court ceremony at royal dinners? What was the dress code? Who were the guests? Which were the culinary customs? What kind of plates and cutlery were they using? These are all frequent questions visitors ask.
That is why the temporary exhibition „Art and Ceremony at the Royal Tables” aims at bringing this subject first, following details of the daily life at Romania’s Royal Court.
Protocol and elegance
The table was elegant, the plates - Meissen china, the glasses – Bohemia crystal and the silver cutlery were all glowing in the chandeliers’ pale light. All the people present were waiting for the King to sit first, and when he left, everyone stood. No one could start another course before the sovereign. The Sovereign was starting conversation; there were lots of jokes and laughter. In the evening, after dinner, people were playing society games.
Ileana Gafton Dragoș