May 8, 2010

A Vienna Imperial Silver Service at the Met

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Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Through November 7, 2010

 

Following the acquisition in 2002 of two Viennese silver wine coolers from the Sachsen-Teschen Service, most of the set's surviving parts were discovered in a French private collection. This superb ensemble was last displayed at the beginning of the 20th century. Wine coolers, tureens, cloches, candelabra, candlesticks, dozens of plates, porcelain-mounted cutlery, and other kinds of tableware, totaling over 350 items, represent the splendor of royal dining during the ancien régime. It was made for Duke Albert Casimir of Sachsen-Teschen (1738-1822) and his consort, Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria (1742-1798), daughter of Empress Maria Theresa, by the Imperial court goldsmith Ignaz Josef Würth. The Sachsen-Teschen Silver Service, an embodiment of Viennese neo-classicism, is showing in the context of contemporary silver from other countries.

The exhibition is made possible by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

 

Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered
April 13 - November 7, 2010

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

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