A video series exploring the Gollcher Collection
Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum
HIDDEN DETAILS is a series of short features is produced by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti in collaboration with Palazzo Falson. In this series, curator, museum hosts and research volunteers of the historic house museum are invited to select a curious object of their choice from the varied collections of the museum and give their insight on things that may not always be what they seem.
These features will appear weekly via our YouTube channel and social media platforms, with the aim of keeping in touch with you, at least virtually.
Martin Banks, one of Palazzo Falson's long time research volunteers, has chosen a unique document on display in the Archaeological and Documents Collections Room. He reveals interesting hidden details on ‘The Scott Document’ that represents an illustrated battle plan for the British assault landing in Aboukir Bay, in March 1801.
Museum host, Hannah Portanier, has chosen her favourite object from Olof Gollcher’s collections - a bed warmer found in the kitchen at Palazzo Falson.
Martin Banks, a long time research volunteer, explores a fascinating item found in the Dining Room at Palazzo Falson, called a Vagueno.
Maria Eileen Fsadni, one of our Museum Hosts, has dedicated the fourth feature of the series ‘Hidden Details’ to a painting by Edward Lear. This work of art, which is displayed in the Carpet Gallery at Palazzo Falson, represents a picturesque site in the North of Malta called Fomm ir-Riħ.
Martin Banks, a long time volunteer, shares some words about chairs known as Lombard Chairs which are found in the Dining Room at Palazzo Falson
Abigail Pace, one of Palazzo Falson's museum hosts, speaks about a lady’s fashion accessory called a Posey Holder which can be found in the Small Collections room at the museum.
Martin Banks, a long time research volunteers, speaks about some of the Rapiers from Olof Gollcher’s collection. These Rapiers can be found in the Armoury at Palazzo Falson.
Chantelle Debattista, one of our museum hosts, has dedicated her Hidden Details feature to a Mirror belonging to Olof Gollcher. This mirror is found in the Sitting Room at Palazzo Falson.
Martin Banks, a long time volunteer, shares some words about the collection of Fans at Palazzo Falson. This brisé fan decorated in chinoiserie style decoration, is found in the Orientation room of the museum.
Caroline Tonna, curator at Palazzo Falson, speaks about the phenomenal collection of Venetian glassware in the dining room at the museum. The glasses are finely gilded and include the Bruno coat of arms.
Jeanette Ellul, one of our Museum hosts, kickstarts the second season of Hidden Details by dedicating this feature to her favourite item known as a ‘Nef’ which forms part of Olof Gollcher’s silverware collection.
In this episode, George Camilleri, one of our long-time research volunteers, discusses the correspondence between Olof Gollcher and Marchese Pier Nicola Gargallo, a Sicilian underwater archaeologist. They became friends, bonding over their shared interest in the field of underwater archaeology. Olof was a pioneer in the establishment of underwater archaeology in Malta and encouraged divers to search for artefacts.
In this episode, Martin Banks, one of our long-time research volunteers, returns to take a look at some Stiletto Daggers and the curious Chastity Belt both found in the Armoury at Palazzo Falson.
In this feature, Dr Anthony Azzopardi one of our long-time research volunteers sheds light on some of the coat of arms which decorate the 'Sale Nobili'.
In this feature, two small delightful paintings from Olof Gollcher’s remarkable collection are brought to our attention. These two works of art, found in the Drawing Room, are both related to pipe smoking. They are presented by Hanneke Jansen, our volunteer photographer at Palazzo Falson.
A passport issued in 1919 which belonged to Gustaf Gollcher (1854-1922), Olof Gollcher’s father, is the main focus for Jan Beunderman feature, a long-time research volunteer. Olof’s family owned a shipping business, so travelling was an inherent part of their life.
This is the final episode from our second season of ‘Hidden Details’. In this feature Ellen Beunderman, one of our long-time research volunteers shares some of her thoughts on the ‘proofs of nobility’ found in the Archaeological and Documents Collections Room at Palazzo Falson.