Cesare Trombini’s baton

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Name: Cesare Trombini’s baton; Persons linked to the exhibit: Cezar Trombini, Michał Mankielewicz; Date: 1895; Country: Poland; Town: Warsaw; Materials: ebony, silver; Measurements: length 34,5 cm, diameter 1,3 cm, width of the tip at the widest point 3 cm; Ownership: Theatre Museum, Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera; Inventory number: MT/IV/24; Description:

The baton was made of ebony with richly decorated silver fittings. The base has the form of a flattened ball adorned with floral ornaments and small spheres, and a conic tip that also ends with a ball. The clasps on the wooden component are decorated with a simple engraving and a pearl ornament, and end with grips shaped like acanthus leaves. Attached to the tip of the baton is a small lyre with a star. Attached to the wooden component in the middle section is a decorative silver ribbon with an engraved dedication, interlaced with a laurel branch ornament. The top section contains a decorative monogram “CT” and a number “50” above it. The formal similarity to baton no. 82 of Monika and Tadeusz Strugała’s collection indicates this baton may have been manufactured at Michał Mankielewicz’s studio, which sold its products through a store at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw

; Inscriptions:

Czcigodnemu naszemu Dyrektorowi Cezaremu Trombiniemu na pamiątkę dnia Jego Jubileuszu 50 cio – letniej działalności Orkiestra Teatru Wielkiego Warszawa d. 11 maja 1895; [To our honourable director Cezary Trombini on the 50th anniversary of his artistic work – the Orchestra of the Grand Theatre, Warsaw, 11 May 1895.]

; Catalog card: Katarzyna Wodarska-Ogidel; Bibliography:

Katarzyna Wodarska-Ogidel, Cesare Trombini i jego batuta [in:] Teatr. Refleksy i refleksje. Zbiory Muzeum teatralnego w Warszawie, ed. Andrzej Kruczyński, Warszawa 2017

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