Collections

A house museum on the elegant Passeig de Gràcia.

Casa Amatller is the only Casa Museu in Barcelona that preserves an extensive collection of exceptional artistic value.

Antoni Amatller was a bourgeois with great aesthetic concerns. His interest in decorative arts, glass and photography greatly influenced his desire to complete the decoration of his house with incredible works of art. For this and thanks to excellent artistic advice from Monsignor Josep Gudiol i Cunill, he was able to buy works of various periods and different artistic categories, and that to date are preserved in original form in the House and can be enjoyed during the visit.

Among the different works we highlight paintings, the existence of a Romanesque altarpiece from around 1200, a Hispanic Flemish table by Bartolomé Bermejo, Baroque still lifes, a painting by Ramón Casas, pictorial photographs by Rogent, contemporary jewellery by Lalique and archaeological glass collections of incalculable cultural and historical value.

Glass Collections

The archaeological glass collections accumulated by Antoni Amatller, and continued by his daughter and the Fundació Institut Amatller d’Art Hispànic, could form an authentic museum specialising in these decorative arts through its more than 750 pieces representing different styles, historical moments and places.

The collection of this type of pieces is linked to the marketing of chocolates, as Antoni Amatller took advantage of his travels throughout Europe to acquire new objects. In fact, the origin of the collection stems back to a sales representative of Chocolates Amatller established in Seville, who alerted the industrialist in 1894 of the opportunity to buy the Caballero-Infante collection, with numerous Hispano-Roman glasses.

Most of these pieces are exhibited on the main floor of the building being another attraction of the visit to the Casa Museu.

The whole of the existing archaeological glass collection is made up of different collections collected during the 20th century and is divided into the following collections:

  • Caballero-Infante Collection – Francisco Caballero-Infante Zuazo was an important historian, Arabist and archaeologist. He excavated the ruins of the imperial city of Italica and was able to acquire 211 pieces of glass, mainly from Roman Hispania. After this purchase, Antoni Amatller began to select archaeological glass to complement his first pieces.
  • Franz Merkens Collection – The artistic advisor to Antoni Amatller, Monsignor Gudiol, advised the chocolatier in 1905 that this collection was for sale, with a select list of 33 objects from the Roman Empire in Germania.
  • Hakky-Bey Collection – From this Turkish antique dealer based in Paris he purchased three lots at auction, with Islamic glass works.
  • Durighello Collection – Teresa Amatller’s first acquisition for her father’s collection. They are Phoenician and Galilean pieces brought directly from 19th century archaeological excavations.
  • Prats-Sedó Collection – Family of collectors, the part of 347 archaeological glasses was sent directly to the Fundació Institut Amatller d’art Hispànic.
Una casa museo en el elegante Paseo de Gracia