Furniture

The initially modest collection of painted furniture has grown considerably, basically since measures were taken to safeguard cultural artefacts in Transylvania in the early 1990s. In the meantime, the collection includes the entire typology of Transylvanian furniture, including the regional differences, covering the period from the 17th to the 20th century. The museum primarily focuses on painted furniture. The collection includes exhibits from all well-known Transylvanian centres of painting: Livezile (Jaad)/northern Transylvania, the Rupea (Repser) region, especially Beia (Meeburg), Caţa (Katzendorf) and Viscri (Deutschweisskirch), as well as Sighișoara (Schäßburg) and the Sub Pădure (Unterwald) region, displaying, for example, furniture with veneer imitation painting. Besides clothing and storage chests, it is mainly seating benches with or without backrests, tables with drawers, armchairs and footstools, and the “high bed” that complement the museum's collection. A special type of furniture is the roof chest.

In addition to the comprehensive collection of rural-style painted furniture, the museum also houses a small but valuable collection of historic furniture from urban homes in the era of the 18th and 19th century.