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In 2012, with the support of the National Cultural Fund (NKA), the Museum of Applied Arts modernised its collection inventory system, and launched a new online collections database. The database currently contains about 38 000 entries with photographs and descriptions, and is constantly expanding.

The database gives detailed descriptive data on the art works, a brief description in words, and a bibliography. The identification, data and description of the art works are based on publications by Museum staff, and so include the most up-to-date information. Users can access each item from the main page by several routes: simple and complex search, browsing by Museum collection, and through thematic virtual exhibitions compiled for ease of navigation.

Based on material in the collection database, the museum has recently joined a number of thematic online databases, making new approaches to objects in the collection possible. As can be read about in other parts of this website, our most important artworks are also available in the system of the Google Art Project, while an increasing number of Art Nouveau objects can be searched and browsed in the Europeana portal as well, thanks to the Partage Plus project.

Thematic databases

Schreiber & Neffen database

The aim of the project was digitising the firm J. Schreiber & Neffen’s pattern books and catalogues dating from 1874-1945 to preserve important documents from the central European glass manufacture history as the European cultural heritage. The digitised collection accessible on these Web pages will allow researchers and those interested in the history of the Czech glass manufacture to acquire new pieces of knowledge of the company’s production assortment, the use of various glass technologies, methods of glass refining, important clients, or other items. The database also contains objects from the Museum of Applied Arts, and is accessible in English language as well.

Gothic Ivories Project

The Gothic Ivories Project is an online database of ivory sculptures made in Western Europe ca. 1200-ca. 1530 and neo-Gothic ivory pieces. The Project was launched in October 2008 at the Courtauld Institute of Art. The last comprehensive survey of Gothic ivories contained over 1300 items and was published by Raymond Koechlin in 1924 in his seminal three-volume work Les Ivoires gothiques français. Since then, however, many more ivories have surfaced in auction houses, and private and public collections; valuable articles and catalogues have been written; scientific examination and increasing expertise have all shed more light on these exquisite objects. It is now time for another survey, a ‘Koechlin for the 21st-century’. The Gothic Ivories Project is a database which aims at including all readily available information on every surviving Gothic and neo-Gothic ivory, accompanied by at least one image.

The database now includes photos and descriptions of about 3800 ivory carvings - including 13 pieces from the Museum of Applied Arts.

Catalogue of painted church furniture in Hungarian public collections

This database, developed together with the Museum of Ethnography, contains information, photos and documents about 15th-19th century painted wooden ceilings and church furniture from the Carpathian basin, kept in Hungarian public collections.


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