The Clark's Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett to Discuss Domestic Silver on March 7

For Immediate Release

March 03, 2000

The history of silver and its use for entertaining will be the focus of a three-lecture series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute beginning Tuesday, February 29.

Offered in connection with the exhibition A Fresh and Large Assortment: American Silver from the Burrows Collection, the topics range from the life of silversmith and patriot Paul Revere to the entertaining customs of George and Martha Washington. All lectures are on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Janine Skerry, curator of ceramics and glass at Colonial Williamsburg, will open the series on February 29 with "From Silversmith to Entrepreneur: The Varied Career of Paul Revere." Elizabeth Donaghy Garrett, senior vice president of Christie's, New York, will speak on March 7; her topic will be "Polishing it Off: Silver at Home in Early America."

On March 14, Robert F. Dalzell, Jr., and Lee B. Dalzell will present a talk entitled "Welcome to Mount Vernon: A Play in Three Acts by George and Martha Washington." Mr. Dalzell is Ephraim Williams Professor of American History at Williams College, and Mrs. Dalzell is head of reference services, Williams College Libraries. A Fresh and Large Assortment explores the use of silver in the home in Colonial and Federal America as well as the lives and social customs of the people who used and created it.

Over one hundred-fifty silver objects from the important private collection of Elizabeth H. Burrows and her late husband Henry Morris Burrows, ranging from shoe buckles and swords to tankards and teapots, are included. The exhibition features pieces from the three major centers of American silver production-Boston, New York, and Philadelphia-ranging in date from 1667 to 1899. Paul Revere, Jacob Hurd, Myer Myers, and Joseph and Nathaniel Richardson are among the master silversmiths represented. A Fresh and Large Assortment will be on view February 13 through April 30.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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