Applied Arts

The 190 item collection of applied arts is the result of purchases, gifts, state donations and objects linked to the University obtained in 1978–1995. As a result of the chaotic manner of replenishment the collection is rather erratic. It includes souvenirs and decorative moulds, different clocks, dishes, jewellery, candle sticks, a few swords, furniture given to the University by the Department of Economics, and honorary addresses and other objects made for the 350th anniversary of the University.

One of the most unique items in the collection is an Industrie-Comptois’ teaching aid from 1808, which was bought by the first Director of the Museum Johann Karl Simon Morgenstern from Weimar – a model of the Pyramid of Cestius.

The furniture includes the book- and display cases made in 1810–1820 based on the design of the University’ architect Friedrich Wilhelm Krause, and Edgar Johann Kuusik’s national style chairs from 1927. The collection also includes a 19th century ornate oak cupboard belonging to the Tartu branch of the State Bank of the USSR, and Empire and Biedermeier style furniture, desks, etc. used in the University.

The most important pieces of metal art are the communion set with bread box, spoon and chalice, and the bas-reliefs of Frederick Augustus I, King of Saxony, and Queen Maria Amalia Augusta made in 1819.

In 1982, a souvenir competition was held to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the University, which included a prize-winning porcelain vase with a view of the Main Building.