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Silver And Silver Plate - Part 1
Household SILVER for many centuries indicated the wealth of a family. It is only since about 1850, when the electroplating process was developed, that flatware for the table and holloware pieces have been priced within the budget of the average family.
Silver And Silver Plate - Part 2
Silver-gilt was not made to any extent in this country, although some old pieces may be found.
Silver And Silver Plate - Part 3
Candlesticks continued to be made in various heights and not necessarily to match tableware patterns, even though lamps were used for illumination.
Swedish Silver - Silver In The Middle Ages (circa 1050-1520)
Since time immemorial, precious metals, and particularly silver, have been used to make ornaments and the fine articles of daily life.
Swedish Silver - The Renaissance (circa 1520-1650)
If all silver made during the reign of the Vasa Kings (1521-1654) is considered Renaissance, it will present a rather heterogeneous collection. Usually the period is divided into Early and Late Vasa.
Swedish Silver - The Baroque (circa 1650-1700)
The lavish and pretentious German Baroque style was a suitable background for a nouveau riche among European nations, and as such, Sweden may be considered after the Westphalian Peace Treaty in 1648.
Swedish Silver - The Late Baroque (circa 1700-1720)
At the beginning of the eighteenth century, the French feeling prevailed, although there were still traces of the German Baroque.
Swedish Silver - Period Of Fredrik I (circa 172--1750)
Throughout the eighteenth century, France remained the leader in art and design. The French Rococo style appeared on the Continent about 1725, but it took two more decades for it to be accepted in the isolated North.
Swedish Silver - The Rococo (circa 1750-1775)
In no other period as the rococo, has silver been produced which has so interested contemporary collectors. Perhaps rococo forms and decoration were particularly well suited to silver.
Swedish Silver - The Gustavian Era (circa 1775-1810)
Sensational finds from the buried cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii at the Gulf of Naples stimulated interest in classic antiquities. In Paris, designers tired of bizarre rococo styles and turned to the classical world for inspiration.
Swedish Silver - Empire (circa 1810-1830)
During the Revolution, it seemed as if France would forever lose her position of leadership in the world of art, but soon afterwards and almost miraculously Paris again became capital of the world.
Swedish Silver - The Period Of Eclecticism (circa 1830-1895)
About 1830 an epoch begins which, cn the whole, was decadent, not only in Sweden but all over the world. When people tired of the Empire, no other style appeared to take its place, only a romantic tendency to turn to the past for inspiration and motifs.
Swedish Silver - The Jugend Style Or L'Art Nouveau (circa 1895-1910)
About 1890 a strong reaction against eclecticism arose in Europe and in the United States. Artists tried to replace the historic and imitative with originality, to design simple, functional forms, to decorate with flowing line accented by floral motifs.
Swedish Silver - Modern Developments
After the Baltic Exposition in 1914, Swedish silver became the object of much critical appraisal in the Swedish Society of Arts and Crafts.
Swedish Silver - Silver Marks
As we have mentioned, it was decreed as early as 1485 that all masters should put their marks on silver in Sweden. The oldest known marks, however, appear about a hundred years later.
Weddings From The 1850's
Weddings in the 1850's were often a very solemn affair. The over-piety of earlier years still held for most church ceremonies.
Weddings From The 1860's
Beginning in 1860, Godey's Ladies Book published its first annual color spread of bridal costumes-a standard feature thereafter.
Weddings From The 1890's
In contrast with the over-formality of the preceding decades, the 1890's were truly "gay." This stands revealed in the photographs of our relatives who married at that time.
Weddings From The 1900's
This was the era of the Gibson Girl and Arrow Collar Boy, the dawn of a new century. Our relatives married in that day wanted "something new" as well as "something old."
Weddings From The 1920's
Hip-hooray! The world has been made "safe for democracy" and we in America had not a care. Unlimited industrial production, increasing stock dividends, silk shirts for day laborers, chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage.
Weddings From The 1950's
The thing that marks weddings of this decade is the return of dignity. Elaborate church services have come back into vogue. The utmost in correct formal attire is expected not only of the bride, but of the groom and his ushers.
Wedding Anniversary Gifts
The custom of observing wedding anniversaries reached its zenith around the turn of the 20th century. At that time it was not uncommon for a happy couple to celebrate every anniversary with a party for friends.
Early Chinese Ceramics - General Considerations
To realise in true perspective the different phases through which Chinese ceramic art has passed it is necessary to have a general acquaintance with the political influences which have operated in succeeding ages in the Middle Kingdom.
Early Chinese Ceramics - Historical Review
The dynastic histories of China were compiled at the close of each dynasty from accounts written by scholars and historians appointed for the purpose at the time when the events were taking place.
Early Chinese Ceramics - Chinese Grave Customs
So many examples of the early Chinese wares are obtained from graves that it is necessary to explain shortly the ancient customs of China in regard to the disposal of the remains of the dead.
Early Chinese Ceramics - Pottery Of The Chou, Han And Other Pre-T'ang Dynasties
Pottery utensils dating from the Chou dynasty, which held sway over the long span of years from 1122-255 B.C., are known, and specimens dating from the latter part of the Shang dynasty have been found.
Early Chinese Ceramics - Wares Of The Tang Dynasty
We have quoted Professor Fenollosa as expressing the view that creative effort reached its highest plane in the Tang dynasty.
Early Chinese Ceramics - Ju Yao And Some Related Wares
Until recently the ware made at Ju Chou in Honan, though well known from literary references, could only be imagined.
Early Chinese Ceramics - Kuan Yao
When the Southern Sung dynasty was formed with its seat of government at Hang Chou, new factories were established in its immediate vicinity.
Early Chinese Ceramics - Chun Yao
In the previous chapter we have discussed the Kuan yao, which has distinct affinities to the finer types of Chun yao.
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