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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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Desk (Bonheur du Jour)
Small writing desk (Bonheur du jour) (one of a pair)
Desk (Bonheur du jour) (one of a pair)
Drop-front secretary on a stand (secrétaire à abattant or secrétaire en cabinet)
Upright Secretary (secrétaire à abattant or secrétaire en cabinet)
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 539
Inscription: 19th century paper label (affixed to underside) with ink inscription: EARL SPENCERMarking: see catalogue cards
Spencer House, London, England (Fifth Earl Spencer)Fifth Earl of Spencer (by 1862) ; William Astor ; 3rd Viscount Astor (until 1967; sale, Christie's, London, June 29, 1967, lot 95; to Linsky); Jack and Belle Linsky (1967–82; to MMA)
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