Ethnographic Collection - World
The collection comprises objects bequeathed by the Hütterott family from Trieste, owners of Rovinj's islands of St. Andrew locally known as Red Island (on the site of a former Benedictine monastery, the family constructed a villa intended to become the centre of the Cap Aureo climate resort), Maškina, Šturaga, St. John, while their mainland properties included Montauro, Monte Mulini, Monvi, Lone, Punta Corrente and Škaraba from 1890 to 1945, the year their property was confiscated.
These objects are souvenirs, i.e. everyday and decorative items transported home as a memento of family business meetings and visits. As a honorable Japanese consul in Trieste, Georg von Hütterott frequently travelled to Japan, so that the most valuable items of the collection come from Japan. The collection also comprises items from other countries, the Far East, Africa, North America and Oceania.
The collection deals primarily with the culture of travelling and with the collecting ambitions of prosperious families at the turn of the twentieth century. Interestingly enough, the summer residence on St. Andrew's Island had a special room where the family showcased its collection.
The process of reorganisation of collections of the Department of History and the Department of Ethnography is currently underway and the collection will become a constituent part of the Hütterott Collection integrating all the items belonging to the family now part of various other collections.
More information available in: Doblanović– Marić –Milaković–Ujčić; Obitelj Hütterott. Ostavština. I. part, Pazin-Rovinj, 2008.