Glass, Silver, Plate, Enamels, Metalwork

Glass
Of ancient glass probably the best-known example in the world is the Portland Vase in the British Museum; this is composed of a layer of white glass over blue glass, the outer coating skilfully...
Silver And Plate - Part 1
Silver is a so-called 'noble' metal, both its appearance and its uses have earned it this title. It has been employed for many centuries for coinage, jewellery and for making useful and ornamental...
Silver And Plate - Part 2
Of the earlier pieces of silver not a great number have survived, and most of them are in churches, museums or otherwise unlikely to come on the open market. Enormous quantities were melted...
Continental Silver And Plate
The sale at Sothebys in London of a silver dinner service made in Paris between 1735 and 1738 focused attention on foreign silver. The 168 pieces, made by the eminent silversmith Jacques Roettier, which had...
American Silver And Plate
American silver was made first in the mid-seventeenth century, and for a considerable time after showed strong foreign influences: Dutch, French and Scandinavian clearly being discernible in many...
Sheffield Plate
The manufacture of Sheffield plate was made possible by the discovery in 1743 that plates of silver and copper could be fused together to form one indivisible sheet of metal. Thus, an article could...
Enamels
Enamels are types of glass, clear or opaque, used for painting on porcelain and also for decorating metals. The latter include bronze, copper, silver and gold. There are several different...
Jade And Other Stones
Stones from comparatively hard jade to the aptly named soap-stone have always presented a challenge to the craftsman. Whenever they were to be found in suitable size and shape it was an invitation...
Ivory
Ivory has been used for making works of art from Biblical times onwards. The comparative ease with which it can be manipulated and its durable nature have always attracted craftsmen of all nations...


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