Workshop of Paul de Lamerie, English
10 1/2 x 14 x 10 3/4 inches (26.7 x 35.6 x 27.3 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Widener Dixon and George D. Widener, 1959
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Drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, this exhibition presents some 30 pieces of silver by such important eighteenth-century English silversmiths as David Willaume and Paul de Lamerie. It also includes examples of the major eighteenth-century styles, from the simple forms of the Queen Anne style in the early years of the century, to the exuberant shapes and decoration of the Rococo style at mid-century, to the refinement of the antique as represented by the Neoclassical style at century's end. This installation is the first in a newly renovated gallery devoted to European decorative arts, made possible by a grant from the Museum's Women's Committee.