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The new Art Collection at the Hotel Banke. Each floor of Hotel Banke is host to part of Mr Jordi Clos' private jewel collection.

EXHIBITION OF MR JORDI CLOS’ PRIVATE COLLECTION IN HOTEL BANKE

Mr Jordi Clos, owner of the Derby Hotels Collection Group, is passionate about art and a great collector of art.

He is also president of the Clos Archaeological Foundation (founded in 1993), and the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona (1994).

In each of his hotels (Madrid, Barcelona, London and Paris), he puts emphasis on pieces from his collection to provide the place with a unique character. One can find anything from African sculptures, to jewels, contemporary paintings, works of art dating back to Ancient Egypt, India, the Greco-Roman Empire, Papua New Guinea… He is a true art enthusiast (antique culture), especially everything related to Ancient Egypt. His private collection of Egyptian art consists of more than 1,000 pieces.

Each floor of Hotel Banke is host to part of Mr Jordi Clos’ private jewel collection.
This collection will be exhibited for clients of the hotel, the restaurant and the bar.

JEWELS OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA
These ethnical jewels are part of the Papua New Guinea Tribal Art Collection, property of the Urban Hotel (Madrid). They were acquired from the Fundació Folch (Barcelona), Sotheby’s (New York and London), Christie’s (London), and different private collections, from the middle to the end of the 20th Century.

Some pieces from Papua New Guinea:
Ritual necklaces made with sea large shell and cowrie shell used for dancing by the young Inawaya men; they preserve body pigments remains. Papuan gulf area. Papua New Guinea. Beginning of the 20th Century.

Necklace made with bat skulls mounted in a vegetal strip. It was used by the native shamans. Mount Hagen area. Papua New Guinea. End of the 19th Century.
Armlets made with shells and different mammal eye tooth. Used by the Mekeo men in their dancings.
Inawaya area. Papua New Guinea. End of the 19th Century.

JEWELS OF CHINA
These jewels are part of the ethnical jewellery collection, property of the Hotel Urban (Madrid). They were acquired in Sotheby’s (New York and London), Christie’s (London), and different private collections, from the middle to the end of the 20th Century.
Necklace. Silver. Guangxi, China. Beginning of the XXe siècle.
In China there are more than 50 ethnic groups. Men and women hold heavy silver necklaces in which it can be identify their ethnic group and their social status. Miao, Dong and Gejia engrave their necklaces with floral motifs and Chinese origin birds.

Some jewels from China: Perak. Feminine headdress consisting of a textile support in which the turquoises forming the family wealth are sewed up. These semi-precious stones are used for buying and selling activities or as marriage portion. Thick textile, turquoise, silver, cowrie shell, and cornaline. Tibet. 19th Century.

JEWELS OF INDIA AND TIBET
These jewels are part of the ethnical jewellery collection, property of the Hotel Urban (Madrid). They were acquired in Sotheby’s (New York and London), Christie’s (London), and different private collections, from the middle to the end of the 20th Century.

Some jewels from India and Tibet: Belt ornament consisting of a bronze disc (symbol of eternity) and cowrie shells strips indicating the social position of the owner. Bronze, leather, and cowrie shells. Ladakh, India. 19th Century.
Protective reliquaries. Dress fragments of sacred monks were kept inside them. Silver and semi-precious stones. Ladakh, India. Beginning of the 20th Century.