My go to to Colonial Penang Museum was one thing of a shock. I had anticipated it to be concerning the British colonial interval in Penang however as an alternative this spacious home comprises a improbable assortment of vintage furnishings, attractive stained glass home windows and a whole bunch of priceless ornaments, artworks and collectibles. When it comes to sheer high quality of the reveals, this needs to be among the many prime museums in Malaysia.
In the course of the colonial period, the British created the circumstances for Penang to turn into a vibrant, cosmopolitan free port attracting profitable retailers and merchants from all around the world who amassed large wealth and appreciated to point out it off. Chinese language and Peranakans (Baba-Nyonya) notably thrived below British rule they usually emulated and sought favour with the English by constructing sprawling European fashion mansions and filling them with the most effective that cash may purchase from Europe, China and elsewhere.
The founding father of the museum Madam Jasmine Tan assembled this excellent assortment of artefacts over half a century, gathered from the mansions of those rich retailers within the leafy, opulent districts of George City, Penang and elsewhere within the area.
I had a guided-tour around the museum by Alvin. I’m not usually a fan of guided excursions however Alvin was most educated, cheerful and entertaining.
There are such a lot of lovely items on this museum which you’ll have to see for your self however listed here are a couple of of the highlights:
This charming 19th century white Carrara marble statue of a sleeping lady by R. Bigazzi of Florence graces the doorway corridor. The pillow seems to be so lifelike it’s tough to consider it’s product of stone.
This elegant French desk, circa 1890, by famend craftsman Francois Linke, could be fairly useful. The same one was on sale not too long ago for over US$160,000.
There are a variety of splendid stained glass home windows on present, depicting non-religious topics, created by celebrated Irish artists similar to Kathleen Quigley and Hubert McGoldrick and well-known English artist and designer William Morris.
Alvin, my information, confirmed me the key compartments on this exquisitely carved Indian-made captain’s desk.
East meets West on this fabulous bridal desk and chair set carved in conventional Chinese language fashion and topped with Venetian glass etched with dragon and phoenix designs. The color is the reflection of the stain glass window above.
Even this comparatively plain cupboard is particular as it’s constructed from huanghuali wooden, an more and more uncommon and extremely coveted sort of rosewood which maintains its lustre after a long time of use.
This card desk as soon as belonged to David Brown (1778-1825) who turned the biggest land proprietor in Penang and one of many pioneers in establishing profitable clove and nutmeg cultivation on the island.
Some gadgets from Eu Tong Sen’s mansion are on show similar to this marble bathtub. Eu Tong Sen (1877-1941) was a number one businessman in Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Like all good museums there’s a present store promoting a variety of tasteful gadgets similar to these spoons recovered from the ‘Desaru’ shipwreck of a Chinese language junk stuffed with ceramics which sank off the coast of Johor within the 1830s. There are additionally hand-painted fragrance bottles, handmade jewelry and way more.
Within the backyard is a treehouse perched on prime of a once-mighty angsana tree, from the place the photograph on the prime of this web page was taken.
For those who like vintage furnishings, artworks and nice issues you’ll not wish to miss this museum. Top-of-the-line museums in Malaysia for my part.
Open each day from 9.30am to six.30pm.
The precise location is marked on this map:
7 Jalan D.S. Ramanathan (Scott Highway),
Pulau Tikus, 10350 George City, Penang, Malaysia
GPS: 5.429156, 100.306396
Contact 04-2288561 / 012 5288005 for extra data.
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