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Russian Silver in America: Surviving the Melting Pot (Hardback)
  • Russian Silver in America: Surviving the Melting Pot (Hardback)

Russian Silver in America: Surviving the Melting Pot (Hardback)

Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 30/12/2010
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The Hillwood Museum's Russian silver collection is the largest and most comprehensive outside Russia. 'Russian Silver in America' surveys Russian silver production, its changing forms, styles, imagery and techniques over more than 250 years, drawing on the collections of both the Hillwood and other US museums. A beautifully illustrated book which provides a proper cultural, political and historical context in which to view this fascinating collection, it charts the history of Russian silver through the baroque styles of the reigns of Peter and Elizabeth, the move to Rococo and Neoclassicism under Catherine and Paul, revivalist styles under Alexander I and Nicholas I, 19th-century styles up to Faberge and modernist production. Running throughout is the story of how and why so much Russian silver found its way into American collections - much of it sold by the Soviet government in the 1920s and 30s, as having largely been held in church treasuries and private collections, it was considered to be of no artistic value. A dazzling visual history of Russian silver and a vital record of 18th- and 19th-century silver production in Russia, almost none of which remains in the country today. Features over 160 pieces from the Hillwood Museum and other US collections including objects made for the imperial family and growing merchant class.

Publisher: D Giles Ltd
ISBN: 9781904832812
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 1438 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 26 mm

"A fascinating, informative book that reveals the story of Russian silver (and some gold) and its makers from the 17th century onwards" Tim Forrest, Goldsmith

"A joy to read" "The book affirms to the reader that they should visit Hillwood and see the objects in person" Dean Six, Silver Magazine

"Anne Odom's "Russian Silver in America" is a long overdue addition to the sparse English-language literature on the subject. As all her previous publications, the present volume is exemplarily well researched" Dr. Geza von Habsburg, Faberge Guest Curator, Virginia Museum of Art

"A marvelous overview of the history of Russian silver in its historical and artistic context. Anne Odom surveys the picture of Russian silver from the American perspective with extraordinary facility and erudition....This is a must-have book for anyone interested in Russian silver" Martin Chapman, Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Legion of Honor, San Francisco

"Although the topic of Russian silver in American collections is quite specialized, Odom...succeeds in framing it broadly while presenting it in meticulous detail....This book will be of interest to both collectors and fine arts libraries" W. C. Brumfield, Tulane University, CHOICE

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