Watch: 18th century Porcelain on display at Inquisitor’s Palace

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Curator of the National Museum of Archeology Nathaniel Cutajar explained that the ‘Inquisitor’s Porcelain in 18th Century Malta’ exhibition at the Inquisitor’s Palace in Birgu mainly consists of European Porcelain.

Cutajar told that these artefacts were removed from the Palace when the Inquisitor left in 1798.

The Ministry for Culture described how the exhibition is an innovative attempt at presenting archaeological materials recovered during the 1998 excavation of a cess-pit and from later recoveries in the prison area. It specifically highlights a group of early porcelain; a privileged group of artefacts which allows them to explore the culturally refined characteristic of the Inquisitor’s establishment in 18th century Malta.

During the launch, Minister for Culture Owen Bonnici stated that “this exhibition is yet another way of shedding light on our country’s historical aspects which may not be very well known”. Bonnici explained that part of the Government’s cultural strategy is to ensure that the community has access to its history and heritage.

It is believed that in the 18th century, porcelain was synonymous with elite dining habits and was kept in the residences of the powerful, including at the Inquisitor’s Palace.

The exhibition focuses on a small but important group of 18th-century porcelain and stoneware fragments found within the Inquisitor’s Palace, the only baroque inquisitorial complex still open to the public in Europe.

The Inquisitor’s Porcelain in 18th Century Malta is part of an ongoing study which will result in a better understanding of the inquisitorial establishment in Malta. The exhibition is taking place at the Inquisitor’s Palace in Vittoriosa and will be open to the public until 31st December 2019. Admission is included in the museum’s regular ticket price.