Beth Carver Wees to Speak About American Silver February 12

For Immediate Release

January 31, 2000

Beth Carver Wees will give an introduction to the exhibition A Fresh and Large Assortment: American Silver from the Burrows Collection on Saturday, February 12, at 5:30 p.m.

The lecture by Wees, curator of decorative arts at the Clark, is free and open to the public. Following her talk, the exhibition will open with a reception and Valentine's Day party, beginning at 6:30 p.m. At the reception, Wees will sign copies of her 1997 catalogue English, Irish, and Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Reservations are required for the reception; tickets are $30 ($20 for members).

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.

Wees has been on the curatorial staff of the Clark Art Institute since 1977 and became curator of decorative arts in 1986. Her exhibitions include Lalique Glass from the Collection of Charles and Mary Magriel and New Perspectives on English Silver: Reconsidering the Clark Collection. A popular lecturer with Clark audiences, Wees regularly lectures on silver throughout the United States and Britain, at such venues as the Art Institute of Chicago, Christie's in London and New York, the Bard Graduate Center in New York, and Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Wees is a member of the Silver Society (England), the New York Silver Society, the Decorative Arts Society, the American Ceramic Circle, and the French Porcelain Society.

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

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