- Museum or Interpretation Centre
Nestled in an outbuilding of the Saint Martin Abbey (built in the 18th century), the Musée des arts décoratifs features fantastic items including an impressive collection of Tournai china from the 18th and 19th centuries.
China birds - quite a story
The 'Aux oiseaux de Buffon' table service was commissioned by Philippe, Duc d'Orleans in 1787 (and later acquired by George IV when Prince of Wales) was originally designed to feature 1,500 different elements and could be used as well for serving hot drinks after dinner than breakfast in bed.
The museum also highlights the remarkable craft skills of local silversmith and pewter makers, as well as a large collection of coins produced in Tournai between the 12th and 17th century for French and Spanish kings.
Aside from the decorative side, these items present the fashions of the time, and remind visitors of the economic and technological story of the region.
The Musée des arts décoratifs can only be visited on request. Please contact the local Tourist Office.
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