The 15th-Century musical manuscript from the Abbey of Grandpré is the only work left over from the building, which was destroyed during the French Revolution. Some later annotations make it even more unique and alive. The King Baudouin Foundation, which handed it over to the SAN, acquired it thanks to the intervention of the Pierre-François Tilmon Foundation.
The second significant exhibit also came from the King Baudouin Foundation. It is a silver coffee pot from 1774 and came from the Abbey of Leffe, as indicated by the coat of arms that it bears.
Most of the works acquired by the SAN in 2018 are to be presented soon to the public. The manuscript, for example, “should be on display at the TreM.a in Namur in 2020,” said Aurore Carlier, custodian of the SAN’s collections. “However, we need to be very careful to make sure that it is preserved.”
“Generally, it is said that this type of object needs to be kept in a dark place for three years after being exposed to the light for three months,” Carlier explained.