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European Silver in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen

The Royal Collection contains one of the finest ensembles of pre-twentieth-century European silver in the world. More than 350 works are catalogued in this volume,  the majority being manufactured in France, Germany, Russia, and the Netherlands, with a smaller number of pieces from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. An introduction on the history of collecting European silver is followed by catalogue entries on silver objects used for dining; serving and drinking tea, coffee, and chocolate; personal grooming; as well as desk accessories and church plates. Highlights include unusual German kunstkammer, (cabinet of curiosity') objects acquired by George IV, when their collection came into fashion with nobility across Europe in the seventeenth century.
A fascinating and beautifully illustrated survey, this is the first study of European silver in the Royal Collection for more than a hundred year, bringing together research and new information on the subject. It will be an invaluable resource for students and collectors alike.

552 pages | 700 color plates | 10 x 12 | © 2017

Art: British Art

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Table of Contents

Preface by Jonathan Mardsen
Notes for the reader
Genealogical table
Introduction by Kathryn Jones
The Catalogue
Germany (cats 1-101)
Austria (cats 102-109)
The Netherlands (cats 110-134)
France (cats 135-202)
Italy (cats 203-208)
Sweden (cats 209-218)
Denmark (cats 219-249)
Russia (cats 250-304)
Other European locations (cats 305- 310)
Composite pieces or works of unknown origin (cats 311-335)
Appendix: Coats of arms, crests, ciphers and other initials
Unpublished manuscript sources
Abbreviations and Bibliography
Photographic acknowledgements

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