The treasures of the State Record Office. Part II

Reggio Emilia State Record Office, corso Cairoli n. 6

13 April - 7 June 2019 - Exhibitions





    Monday – Friday 09:30-12:30


    Special opening times:

    Saturday 13 April  h. 17:00-20:00

    Sunday 14 April    h. 17:00-20:00




The rooms of the State Record Office Museum. II

       Gonfalone Carlotta Aglae




Continuing with the rearrangement of the Institute Museum, it is now time to complete the description of the plans, maps and drawings located in the Seals Room.


I dodici mesi   


Of varied and composite nature, the collection ranges from the large plans of Reggio by Giovanni Andrea Banzoli to the much smaller, but fundamental, plan of Luigi Manzotti and that of the department of Crostolo, all the way up to the small but refined engraving of the twelve months of the year.



   Carta da gioco: Fante di Coppe

  In addition to the collection of various types of objects, there are also fascinating materials: ancient playing cards and scoreboards for what are now called board games, documents that are useful in their own way for reconstructing a social climate and an evolving typographic activity. 


Carte dagioco: Re di Fiori   




The oldest dated sheet of Pela il Chiù was engraved by Ambrogio Brambilla in 1589 and published in Rome by G. B. Panzera da Parma: it became the model used by all printers for the next two centuries. The first Gioco dell’Oca, a game similar to Snakes and Ladders, was published in 1598 in Rome by the publisher Lucchino.


The great success of these games meant that their supply in the sector remained almost unchanged throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Italy.

              Gioco del Pela il chiu


The version shown here has a different engraving to Brambilla’s: the vertical arrangement of the oval instead of horizontally and the presence of a single owl in the centre in place of the two crowned owls that flanked the three dice in the original. Pela il Chiù’s game was one of the most popular games until the beginning of the 19th century.


Sigillo Guardia Nazionale   






The cataloguing and description of the matrices preserved in the Institute Museum is completed with the different Seals.


    Sigillo dell'Arte dei Falegnami


The generic name of this collection of seals reflects its composite formation. The oldest nucleus is made up of what can be called the Malaguzzi gift, which the then-Director of the Umberto Dallari Institute described as a collection created at the expense and care of Count Malaguzzi Valeri and containing important pieces for the history of Reggio Emilia. The gift was formalised with regular deeds of delivery and acceptance in 1899, and the example was followed by other notables and organisations of Reggio Emilia.



   Sigillo del vescovo ManicardiAnother large group of matrices flowed into the Institute in compliance with a 1900 circular from the Ministry of the Interior which expressly delegated the recognition and collection of all the seals no longer used in its offices to the State Archives, both of ceased and existing governments, included in their own constituency, specifying the collection of those which were even still relevant from a purely historical point of view.


The collection of the different Seals was therefore constituted through gifts, purchases and payments and perhaps its varied composition has come to constitute its strong point, offering a broad overview of the institutional and social life of the city for a period of time that starts from at least the sixteenth century and reaches the 1970s.





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