American Silver in the Art Institute of Chicago

Edited by Elizabeth McGoey

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February 14, 2017
266 pages, 9 1/2 x 12
169 color + 151 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300222364
Hardcover

Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago

The history of American silver offers invaluable insights into the economic and cultural history of the nation itself. Published here for the first time, the Art Institute of Chicago’s superb collection embodies innovation and beauty from the colonial era to the present. In the 17th century, silversmiths brought the fashions of their homelands to the colonies, and in the early 18th, new forms arose as technology diversified production. Demand increased in the 19th century as the Industrial Revolution took hold. In the 20th, modernism changed the shape of silver inside and outside the home.
 
This beautifully illustrated volume presents highlights from the collection with stunning photography and entries from leading specialists. In-depth essays relate a fascinating story about eating, drinking, and entertaining that spans the history of the Republic and trace the development of the Art Institute’s holdings of American silver over nearly a century.

Elizabeth McGoey is Ann S. and Samuel M. Mencoff Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Myer Myers
Jewish Silversmith in Colonial New York

David L.

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American Presidential China
The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Susan Gray Detweiler; With an introduction by David L.

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The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann

Deborah Dependahl Waters, Joseph Cunningham, and Bruce Barn

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Journeys to New Worlds
Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art in the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection

Edited by Suzanne L. Stratton-Pruitt, with Mark A.

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Early American Silver in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Beth Carver Wees with Medill Higgins Harvey

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Art and Industry in Early America
Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830

Patricia E.

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