4 JUNE 1853, Page 19


A collection of antiquities, formed during a term of thirty years by the late Gabriel Fejervary, a Hungarian gentleman, is to be seen at the Archaeological Institute in Suffolk Street. Egypt, Etruria, Assyria, Baby- lon, Persia, Greece, Rome, the East, and the Middle Ages, have each their specimens of art. The collection of ivories is said to be" the richest in the world as regards antique diptychs," with the exception of the Museum of the Library of Paris. It certainly contains many works of great beauty and interest, as indeed does every department of the museum. In the Egyptian examples, and those connected with Roman history especially, we found much worthy of study. There are some most valuable relics also of the early ages of Christianity. The medieval works are not very numerous ; but we remarked particularly an embossed iron shield, by Siegman, of the year 1552, a charming French ivory work of the fourteenth century, with compositions from the romance of the "Siege of the Castle of Love," and a cup with a bacchanalian carving, which is not overpraised as "one of the greatest masterpieces of medie- val art," though as late as the seventeenth century. We observe that Ibis collection—or rather, it would appear, the more antique portions of it—will illustrate a course of lectures on the archeology and history of ancient art, to be delivered by M. Pulszky at Willis's Rooms during the current month and July.