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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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Marking: On porcelain:
D, V (incised under glaze on base)
Shell (Paris discharge mark for gold and small silver, 1756-62; on each rim)
Wright E. Post ; Edward C. Post (until d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
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