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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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Signature: At lower right there is an insertion from another tapestry with signature and date in reverse, F. Boucher 1756. No example of The Dance is recorded as woven this late.Inscription: (right lower corner, in reverse) F. Boucher/1756(?).
W. Bayard Cutting (until 1942; to MMA)
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