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Between 2010-2014 the Museum of Applied Arts was part of the Art Historical and archeometrical research of haban ceramics from public and private collections in Hungary, the goal of which is to prepare a database and catalogue. The research is funded by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA), and the other partners in the research consortium are the Hungarian National Museum and the Institute of Geochemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The collection of Haban pottery at the Museum of Applied Arts is likely the largest and most significant such collection in all of Hungary and the neighbouring countries (Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic). The collection consists of about 300 Haban ceramics from the 16th and early 17th century, and of an additional 300 so-called post-Haban objects, as well as stove-tiles and complete stoves.
The exhibition Haban myth, which was showed at the Museum in 2007 and surveyed Haban objects in private collections, shed light to the fact that research on the museum’s collection is largely outdated. For a modern survey of the history of Hungarian ceramics – an important early chapter of which is Haban ceramics – new basic research, in fact a coordinated research programme is be needed.
The research project of the consortium aims to catalogue Haban ceramics in Hungarian public and private collections. Results of the detailed analysis will be entered in a computer database surveying Haban ceramics from the mid-16th century to the early 18th century, an approximate 1600 objects. The research will also provide the basis for a new catalogue raisonné of the museum's Haban ceramics.

More information about the project (poster by Anna Ridovics)

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