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Collections Baur

This late 19th-century town residence of the rue Munier-Romilly, was acquired by Alfred Baur shortly before his death in 1951 with a view to exhibiting his Asian art collection to the public. This private collection presents a wide range of exquisite works of art acquired over a period of some 45 years by the Swiss collector, Alfred Baur (1865-1951). The permanent exhibition includes Chinese ceramics, jade and snuff bottles dating from the 10th to the 19th centuries, as well as Japanese prints, lacquer, netsuke, and sword fittings from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
The Baur Collection opened to the public on the 9th of October 1964. In 1995, major extension work was undertaken in the basement floors to allow the creation of temporary exhibition rooms as well as a seminar room equipped for university teaching of art history. The work was carried out by the office Baillif & Loponte under the direction of the architect Joël Jousson. The extension was inaugurated on the 4th of December 1997.
Since 1995, several donations have further enriched the museum’s collections. Temporary exhibitions are regularly organized several times a year.

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Permanent Collection

The collection of 756 works of Chinese ceramics brought together by Alfred Baur has now acquired a worldwide reputation. Selected for their perfection and the harmony of their forms and decoration, these pieces, presented on two floors of the museum, give an overall idea of the history of Chinese ceramics from the Tang (618-907) to the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Particularly well represented are monochromes from the Song period (960-1279), as well as Qing dynasty imperial wares produced in the kilns at Jingdezhen during the reigns of the Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong emperors (1662 to 1795).
Alfred Baur also collected over 500 snuff bottles, made from a variety of materials, from overlay and inside-painted glass, to rock crystal, agate, chalcedony, porcelain, lacquer, and ivory. The detail and precision of the workmanship which is apparent in these miniaturised scenes fascinated Baur as much as the technical perfection required to produce the much larger jade and hard stone vases of which he was also particularly fond. His collection of some 137 carved jade vessels, including vases, incense burners, and bowls, date from the 18th to the 20th century. Baur much admired the so-called “Mughal


26 April- 17 August 2007
Japanese lacquer from the Baur Collection
The collection of lacquerware assembled by Alfred Baur comprises almost eight hundred Japanese lacquers. The collector’s choice is tinged with a resolutely modern orientation: with a few rare exceptions, all the lacquers in the collection were executed between the 17th and the early 20th century, some pieces even having been commissioned from artists contemporary with A. Baur. This exhibition presents a choice of large document and writing boxes, delicate inrô (medicine containers) and incense boxes, elegant pipe cases as well as tea caddies. All of these pieces attest of Alfred Baur’s taste for perfection of execution and refinement of materials.
21 September – 4 November 2007
Tea Culture and Contemporary Ceramics
With the work of Philippe Lambercy, Edouard Chapallaz, Aline Favre, Claude Presset, Jacques Haeberlin and Se-yong Kim.
This exhibition is a homage to the first presentation of contemporary ceramics at the Baur Collection, organised in autumn 1966. Following the same theme, it traces the careers over the intervening four decades of the artists who were present at the original show: Philippe Lambercy (deceased in 2006), Edouard Chapallaz, Aline Favre and Claude Presset. In addition, Jacques Haeberlin, a student of Lambercy, and the Korean master Se-yong Kim are also represented. Reference is made to traditional tea culture, source of inspiration for European ceramics from the beginning of the 20th century, by a number of objects from the Museum’s collection.This exhibition is presented in association with the 10th Parcours céramique of Carouge.


Adults CHF 5
Students, seniors and unemployed CHF 2.50
Children under 16 free of charge

Opening hours

Open on Tuesday, from 2pm-6pm
On Wednesday, from 2pm to 8pm and Thursday to Sunday from 2pm -6pm.
Closed on Mondays, 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December, 1st and 2nd January.

Getting there

Buses number 1 and 8, bus stop Florissant
Bus number36, bus stop Eglise Russe
Parking available nearby in Saint-Antoine


Lift access, and fully accessible to disabled visitors


Membership costs 40CHF, or 50CHF for non-Switzerland residents, and provides unlimited free entry to the collection for two people, free entry to all conferences and exhibition openings, annual subscription to the Bulletin of the Baur Collection, and 20% of all publications of the Baur Collection.