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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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Inscription: A now nearly illegible inscription on the back in pencil reads "Piece of tapestry (copied from head of Venus in large tapestry at [illegible] from cartoon by Burne Jones) worket at Merton by Morris & Co. Feb. 1913."
[ Morris & Company , 1923; sold to MMA ]
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