Bourgeoisie room / music room of a middle-class family

The heavy entrance door originates from a house in the Market street. It is decorated with ‘Maskarons’ (grotesque masks) which were believed to keep away evil spirits. Several houses in the town of Feldkirch still have artistically decorated entrance doors.
To the left of the doorway is a smoking chair, to be sat upon astride so that one could smoke one’s pipe in peace.
In the glass cabinet to the right of the entrance pewter ware, oil lamps and various musical instruments are on display. In former times, there were many tin workers in Feldkirch. Above this cabinet there is a clock in Empire style, and next to it a portrait of the clockmaker Johann Baptist Jenny who made this clock.

In the centre of the room stands a “Wirtshaustisch” (table in an inn) with a polished slate stone. With such slate stone tables, hot dishes could be stood on the table or during card games (locally called “Jassen”) the results of the games could be noted down in chalk. On the left side of the room are various keyboard instruments such as the giraffe piano made by the piano maker Alois Kalb from Dornbirn (1801–1856).


A rarity is the portrait of the “Beggar boy eating gruel” by Jacob Franz Zipper (1664-1736). Zipper was born in Feldkirch and later worked in Northern Italy.