The collections

Among the most important collections, arranged in such a way as to preserve the appearance of a private stately home, the collection of clocks is noteworthy, which includes fifty pieces of great value, dating from the 17th-19th centuries.
The series of large nocturnal clocks from the second half of the 17th century is particularly remarkable, including a monumental time projecting nocturnal-diurnal by Giuseppe Campani, with a stunning case of painted copper; some nocturnals by Giovanni Pietro Callin, who was originally from northern Europe but active in Genoa in the second half of the 17th century; and a valuable piece by Nicolas Rosse, produced in Florence between the 17th and 18th centuries.
The collection also includes a selection of 18th-century bracket pendulum clocks, late 17th-century altar diurnals, column clocks, wall and table clocks, and Telleruhr (plate clocks) of German manufacture, dated to the early 18th century.
A distinguishing feature of the Luxoro Museum is the collection of nativity figurines, impressive in number and quality; it includes a series of 18th-century Genoese wooden statues depicting the characters of the nativity scene, as well as a few rare silhouettes in painted cardboard from Lombardy.
The collection of ceramics, exhibited on the first floor of the museum, consists of a large group of Italian majolica produced in Liguria – including some pharmaceutical vases dating from the 17th century, and a valuable wig stand realised in Savona –, and several 18th-century pieces, such as a spout and several spice racks and sugar bowls by Giacomo Boselli, a tea-set from Savona with the typical decorations depicting “figuretti e rovine” (figurines and ruins), and numerous holy water fonts.
The collection also includes pottery of different origins, such as an 18th-century set of Chinese porcelain of the “famille rose” and “famille verte” type, as well as various Italian majolica (Lodi, Faenza) from the same century.
The villa’s precious furniture is one of the museum’s most prized possessions. Generally produced locally, most of it dates back to the 18th century.
Some of the most significant pieces include a carved 16th-century chest, a pair of finely carved 18th-century drop-leaf drawers with top, some bedside tables and drop-leaf chests from the same period with well-preserved bronze finishes.
The series of inlaid wooden cabinets and two dolphin-shaped torch stands from the early 18th century are also mention worthy. The Museum also features an important collection of wooden frames and mirrors of various origins. Among the small-sized pieces, a silverware collection includes plates, holy water stoups, frames and reliquaries of Ligurian origins, mostly from the 18th-century.
Also the highly interesting painting collection reflects the predilection of the Luxoro family for 18th-century art and profane subjects. Genre scenes and landscapes are predominant, including some major works by Alessandro Magnasco, Antonio Francesco Peruzzini and Carlo Antonio Tavella, alongside the numerous 18th-century portraits by the Genoese school (Giovanni Enrico Vaymer il Mulinaretto) and a large number of marine landscapes from Northern Europe. The collection of drawings and prints consists of about 200 pieces, including the works by local artists such as Domenico Piola, and masters like Carlo Innocenzo Carloni, Antonio Bibiena and Marco Ricci.
Worth mentioning is also the temporary exhibitions on antique fabrics, featuring some mezzari printed with beautiful colours, many laces by Ligurian and European manufacturers dating from the 16th-19th centuries, finely embroidered men’s vests, and a rich collection of silk fabrics (damasks, lampases, brocades) from the 16th-18th centuries.