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Museu Romàntic
Can Llopis façade

The Can Llopis Romanticism Museum (Catalan: Museu Romàntic Can Llopis) is a museum located in Neoclassical-style building in the centre of Sitges and is part of the Barcelona Provincial Council Local Museum Network.

Erard Frères. Harp. Paris, 1800-1830
Erard Frères. Harp. Paris, 1800-1830
Porcelain doll in period dress. France, 1877
Porcelain doll in period dress. France, 1877

Displays

The sobriety of the decoration on the outside of the building contrasts with its colourful interior, which takes the visitors back in time to plunge into the everyday atmosphere of a well-to-do nineteenth-century family. In the different rooms on the main floor (the music room, the ballroom, the dining room, the bedrooms) are a succession of items of furniture of different styles, mural paintings, Meissen porcelain, Murano and Bohemian glass, musical instruments, clocks and numerous objects for personal use. In addiction, one can follow the development of the different lighting systems that existed in the nineteenth century, from oil lamps to the advent of gas lighting.

The first-floor gallery and the garden are the most attractive and evocative parts of the house. In the gallery can be seen two walls decorated with children's scenes and, on the paving, a "Bis Bis" from the Napoleonic era, a game consisting of forty-nine polychrome tiles, with which the Llopis family and their guests amused themselves.

The cellar, were the Llopis family made their famous Malvasia, also deserves special attention. Today the Hospital de Sant Joan Baptista [ca] is the owner of the brand, and the vineyards bequeathed by the last heir of Casa Llopis, on condition that the institution should preserve the cultivation and the quality of Sitges Malvasia.

The second floor of the Museum Romàntic, which used to be the staff quarters, has since the 1970s housed the curious collection of dolls and toys belonging to the writer and illustrator Lola Anglada, who donated it to the museum. The collection contains more than 400 items from the seventeenth century, plus numerous items from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They are made from wood and papier-mâché, porcelain and there are also some clockwork dolls endowed with music and movement.

Lola Anglada's collection isn't a result of the wish to find unique specimens, but of a sentimental urge to recover in the poses and clothes of these dolls the lost ways of life of nineteenth-century society.

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