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Stories in Silver: Uncovering the Narrative in the Objects

Stories in Silver

Beth Carver Wees, Curator of American Decorative Arts, American Wing, MMA

This two-part series explores some of the Metropolitan Museum’s most treasured seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American silver, highlighting the narratives these objects tell about people, places, and social customs. Deeply personal and human,this singular art form was and remains the ideal choice for honoring personal, civic, and professional accomplishments. The objects’ individual stories simply await our investigation.

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Above: Teapot, Attributed to Christian Wiltberger (1766–1851). Silver, Overall: 7 x 11 5/16 x 4 1/2 in. (17.8 x 28.7 x 11.4 cm); 21 oz. 17 dwt. (680 g) Base: 5 3/8 x 3 1/8 in. (13.7 x 7.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Gift of H. H. Walker Lewis, in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin A. S. Lewis, 1980 (1980.503.2)


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