L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, opened to the public in 1974, was founded by the late Mrs. Vera Bryce Salomons, she dedicated the Museum to her friend and teacher, Prof. Leo Arie Mayer. The museum exhibits one of the foremost collections of Islamic art and Antique Watches & Clocks. Many internationally renowned scholars took part in the establishment of the Museum, attracted to both its research activities and to the challenge of bridging the gap between the two cultures.
Watches & Clock collection
The world-renowned Sir David Salomons collection contains more than 180 watches and clocks. This important, beautiful and rare collection came into being thanks to Sir David’s knowledge of horology and to his prosperity. The collection’s most significant and special timepieces are the ground-breaking group of clocks by Abraham Louis Breguet (1747-1823). The inventor of some of the greatest technological innovations in modern watch-making, Breguet was among the most influential individuals in modern horology. Most of the watches that were returned to the Museum were made by Breguet, including watch number 160, known as the "Marie Antoinette".
Islamic Art Collection
The Museum’s permanent collections constitute one of the most important exhibitions of Islamic art in the world. The collections represent the various period of Islamic rule, from the seventh to the nineteenth centuries CE. The exhibits present the numerous styles that characterized the different dynasties, from the first Umayyad caliphs to the Ottoman period, which marks the end of the Muslim Empire. The Museum’s exhibition halls are arranged in chronological and geographical order, in accordance with the various dynasties.
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