Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Silver...

More treasures from the Museum of Fine Art, Boston.  Real treasure this time.  Silver!  Hope you enjoy seeing it.  I know that I did.





I believe that this portrait is of Paul Revere.  He was, as you will read below a very important Bostonian Silversmith.



These are some examples of Revere's exquisite workmanship.




The details are amazing aren't they.



I love the combination of detail and simplicity of the shapes.


These pieces below are not by Revere but were still lovely and interesting to see!





One of the things that I wanted to see at the museum was Paul Revere's work and I am so glad that I got to see it.

When looking through for these photos I realised just how many more I still have to share with you, so more posts will be upcoming!

Amy

24 comments:

  1. A lovely post Amy. My goodness that bread basket is stunning! I would love to have that on my table. Paul Revere's work is really lovely, perfect for the era. I had never really noticed his profession, knowing him mainly through his connection with the American Revolution and his famous night ride. How fantastic to see his work. xx

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  2. Beautiful and interesting. I much prefer silver to gold items, jewelry included (I go for white gold).

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  3. Some real treasures indeed. There's certainly lots to see at this museum.

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  4. Oh wow, they are amazing and impossible to choose a favourite. The skill involved in creating such pieces is incredible, particularly the highly engraved items. I would not want the job of caring and cleaning it though!

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  5. Ah, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, when he wasn't making silver that is. I often wonder who polishes all that silver.

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  6. Oh myyyyyyyyy - such pretty sparkles. I do love silver items. Thanks for the photos and the info.

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  7. I love the deco shapes, so elegant.
    The miniature must take an enormous amount of skill to make.
    Lisa x

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  8. Really beautiful pieces, thanks for sharing xcx

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  9. I wish I had more than five seconds to look at your post today, Amy, so have made a mental note to myself to return to this later today - just love silver and antiques and paintings, far more than craft work dare I say to such a lovely crafts'woman! But bring it on when you have things like this to show me/us! But work (housework, writing work, gardening ...) calls and I must put away reading your blog until later ...
    Back again soon,
    Margaret P

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  10. Beautiful, but think of all that polishing! xx

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    1. VeggieMummy, I'd love the opportunity to polish these! My dear cousin said to me that our lovely new cut glass chandelier in our bedroom (not a huge one, but a very pretty one from Laura Ashley) was "a dust trap". Oh dear, if we all didn't wish to polish silver or have pretty cut glass, or fine porcelain that had to be washed carefully by hand and not shoved in a dishwasher, we'd have nothing really beautiful in our homes at all ...
      Margaret P
      PS I don't think you were serious!

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  11. Some real treasures, I wouldn't want the job of cleaning it.

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    1. Another person who doesn't want to clean silver ... it can be a very nice job and these days even the NT are applying a less-is-more policy to cleaning such things, so a little bit of tarnish is fine. I adore silver, maybe I'm biased!
      Margaret P

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  12. Oh how beautiful they all are, such workmanship! I particularly like the ornate bread basket, such incredible detail.
    Paul Revere looks a little like Jack Black!
    Thanks for sharing Amy, great post!
    Gill xx

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  13. I must admit I was thinking of the cleaning effort too! All looks slick and span in your photos though. x

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  14. Wow! What gorgeous pieces!! Thanks for sharing Amy!! ;) xoxo

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  15. Hi Amy! I liked the podcast! I finished it this morning while I ironed. It was funny when you were looking out the window at the bird!
    I thought you said interesting things about crochet and not being saddled with/by rules.
    I don't like polishing silver but I guess the housemaids did that. Brides used to receive silver for wedding gifts but now they seem to prefer money for travel. I don't get it. I loved feathering my nest. It's Memorial Day here this weekend. So we have a holiday, too!

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  16. I am so drawn to old silver pieces. Looks like a great museum. I'd like to travel to Boston with my Dear to see it properly...

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  17. Beautiful photos of the silver items in the Boston Museum. I didn't know that Paul Revere was a silversmith so I have learned something from your post today:)

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  18. I prefer silver to gold. Loved this post. Amy I will let you know when my basket arrives. Thanks!

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  19. This is beautiful silver Amy - I have collected several pieces of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Arts and Crafts silver over the years, but keep it behind glass once cleaned to prevent it from tarnishing.

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  20. Beautiful artistry! Almost a lost art.

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  21. That bread basket is to die for! And I've learned so much new about Paul Revere. Thank you!

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  22. oh how I love these teapots x

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