English, Irish, & Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
By Beth Carver Wees
The Clark Art Institute holds one of the finest and largest collections of English silver outside of England, including many masterpieces of the silversmith’s art. Begun in the 1910s by museum founder Robert Sterling Clark, the collection has continued to grow, guided by Clark’s preferences. This book catalogues every object in the collection, from the early sixteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, including seventy-six pieces by Paul de Lamerie and many more by other great Huguenot masters. Arranged by use, chapters are devoted to Beer, Wine, and Punch; Dining; Coffee, Chocolate, and Tea; Lighting; and Toilet and Desk. Detailed entries about some 850 objects provide marks, inscriptions, heraldry, description/construction/condition, comments, provenance, exhibition and publication history; full and fascinating attention is given to altered and spurious pieces. All are illustrated in rich duotone, often with details of decoration, marks, and coats of arms. English, Irish, & Scottish Silver is an invaluable reference for scholars, collectors, and lovers of fine silver.
596 pages, 9 x 11 7/8 inches
9 color and 1,228 duotones
Published in association with Hudson Hills Press
ISBN 1-55595-117-1 (hardcover)
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