Cell number 2 - Chopin & Geoge Sand Collection

This is the world's second largest collection of documents and objects relating to the life and work of the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and french writer George Sand.

The couple, undoubtedly the most famous of Paris at the time, came to Majorca in the winter of 1838. The scenery fascinated them and living in a vast empty monastery, with one cementary, excited their romantic imagination.

The collection is owned by the heirs of the painter Bartolomé Ferrà and pianist Anne Marie Boutroux and came into being thanks to items being sold or contributed by George Sand's granddaugter, Aurore Sand, who was a friend of Boutroux's, as well as the acquisition in 1969 of the collection assembled by the English Chopin musicographer Arthur Hedley. Many of the pieces on display relate to their stay in the monastery of Valldemossa in the winter of 1838-1839.

The collection highlights Chopin's music manuscripts and handwritten letters, more than one hundred original editions of all his works, among which are some unique speciments in the world and original portraits from the nineteenth century. Regarding the Sand collection, it is composed of signed literary manuscripts of her famous piece. A Winter in Majorca, signed letters, portraits, photographs, drawings of her son Maurice inspired by Majorca, and personal items.