The newly-presented display collections offer a journey of discovery into a rich material heritage: lavishly embroidered fabrics, precious jewellery, hand-crafted pipes and snuffboxes, rare clocks, ceramic tableware, richly carved day-to-day items and more. Pride of place goes to the museum’s most valuable possession: a traverso flute manufactured by reputed instrument maker Rippert in Paris around 1695. Two audio samples are also provided to convey the wonderful tones of this restored boxwood and ivory instrument.
At the centre of the displays is the tastefully designed presentation of table and bed linen, clothing and accessories from various Engadine families. Many of these pieces feature the cross-stitch embroidery patterns that are typical of the Grisons, some of whose motifs have been copied down through generations. Items used for christenings and other celebrations and rituals boast particularly elaborate silk embroideries. Sleep is a further fascinating theme: the exhibits include a colourfully embroidered valance for a four-poster bed, and a splendid formal sheet that would have been fetched out of the dowry chest to grace the childbed for visitors.