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Ellenor M. Alcorn, Associate Curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses how in England, as in Europe, a rich display of silver was essential to the expression of power. Discover how English sovereigns from Elizabeth I to George III and their courtiers competed culturally on the international stage, commissioning silver and other luxury goods to establish their stature. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition British Silver: The Wealth of a Nation, on view May 15, 2012–January 20, 2013.
Recorded October 12, 2012
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The Roentgens' Berlin Secretary Cabinet
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Cassone with painted front panel depicting the Conquest of Trebizond
Marriage chest (Cassone)
Cassone (one of a pair)
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 603
The central scene apparently shows a wedding procession and is flanked by angels holding shields. The top is modern. A companion cassone is in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
Mrs. Emma B. Andrews (until 1915; to MMA)
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