Visiteurs de passage, laissez de côté ce que vous croyez savoir de la Bourgogne. Vous entrez dans le pays Châtillonnais. Les photographies de Claire Jachymiak vous accompagnent, elles sont une invitation au voyage, la matérialisation du regard qui ne se pose pas forcément là où on l’attendrait, avec une acuité et une grâce inusitées. Elles sont un appel à aller voir par soi-même, à profiter des étonnements et des richesses, à arpenter ce pays déployant un charme discret et serein.
The Museum of Pays Châtillonnais - Trésor de Vix is located in Châtillon sur Seine. It is an essential stop on the Celts’ road. The tomb of the Lady of Vix was discovered in January 1953. It is the most prestigious princely burial place of the late first iron period (around 500BC). The Lady was lying on a burial wagon; she was adorned with precious jewels; among which a gold torque, a masterpiece of Celtic goldsmith’s work. Next to her stood the famous bronze vase; its size is extraordinary (1.64m high) and of wonderful quality.
It is one of the most impressive expressions of Greek art. The mysterious Lady of Vix invites one to a journey through space and time, from her tomb to her palace, along the walls which protected her town, and back to the distant worlds of the Greeks and the Etruscans.
The numerous discoveries made in the Châtillonnais region are unveiled as you pass through the exhibition rooms to continue the journey from Gallo-Roman times to the 19th century.
Mass production is not contemporary. As far back as antiquity, workshops and artisans organized their production to meet the demand of customers regarding some very popular items. Successful items showed a match between their shape and their purpose. Signatures or maker’s marks, which can be compared to the present trademarks and brand names, began to appear.
Artefacts appealing to the many, mass production, maker’s marks are features which are close to contemporary industrial design.