An informal auction has been held today to sell off sculpted cellar vent capstones in the garden of the Maillot Mansion in Tállya. Local winemakers were invited to bid for artistic renditions of the traditional cellar vent capstone, created by four sculptors during the five days of a newly launched summer arts workshop, called 'Number Five Maillot Square' [Maillot tér: öt szám in HU], in the village of Tállya. The small proceeds from the auction went to the recently established Association For Tállya [Tállyáért Egyesület in HU], the originator and organiser of the workshop. The four unique capstones will mostly be used for their original function of covering vertical cellar vent holes at wineries.
Sculpture was only one of the five workshop disciplines which included fashion and jewellery design, photography, as well as architecure. Semi-precious stones collected in Tállya vineyards were used as centrepieces of jewellery design creations, while architects were tasked to come up with ideas for the renovation and rehabilitation of the Maillot Mansion, and photographers challenged to shoot a series of thirty pictures that best captured the spirit of this historical town of the Tokaj region. All participants were encouraged to focus and draw on the motifs of the local built heritage and úrihímzés, the oldest form of traditional Hungarian embroidery that had been well preserved in the village.
As reported earlier, the Maillot Mansion was reopened on 12th July as a centre of arts and culture in the village of Tállya as part of the Tállya ART project. The Mansion had been the venue of a summer fine arts workshop until the mid-2000's before falling into disuse and increasing disrepair. An existing exhibition of paintings and sculptures will now be complemented with some of the creations from the 'Number Five Maillot Square' Workshop.