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Silverwork


Silverwork utilitarian objects and works of art created from silver. Silverwork includes ecclesiastical and domestic plate, flatware, jewelry, buttons, buckles, boxes, toilet articles, weapons, furniture, and horse trappings. It involves a variety of embellishments, such as chasing, repoussť, filigree, and inlaying, which have engaged the talents of skilled artisans since prehistoric times.

Ancient Silverwork

Silverwork was highly developed among the ancients as is evidenced by treasures and funeral objects from Egyptian tombs; Minoan silver cups, seals, and ornaments of c.2000 BC; and silver vases and the inlays on bronze blades of Mycenae. Work attributed to the Phoenicians has been found in Greece, where early native examples
European Silverwork

Much Italian and French silverwork was melted down for reuse and thus lost. Early German Renaissance silverwork is less abundant than that of the 16th cent. from the two most prolific centers, Augsburg and Nuremberg, with their numerous Italian artisans. German characteristics prevail in Swiss silverwork, and the influence extended to Spain but was overbalanced by the presence of many Italian artisans there in the 15th cent.

Spanish silver of the 16th cent. carries elaborate designs, and in the 17th cent. silversmiths added filigree and enamel to the decoration. A Spanish architectural style of the 16th cent. is called plateresque for its profusion of ornate motifs similar to the work of the silversmiths of that period. Much fine 17th- and 18th-century Dutch silver shows designs in the French taste. Poland and Russia produced ecclesiastical plate, domestic ware, and horse trappings.

The Reformation brought destruction to ecclesiastical art of N Europe, and much plate was melted down in England during the Wars of the Roses so that little early English silver is extant. The hallmark came into use c.1300. Elizabethan pieces display German influence, and work of the period of Charles II is loaded with ornament. Cromwellian influence is reflected in English silverwork of extreme simplicity; French tendencies of the Louis XIV regime contributed great enrichment and were followed by the later rococo style; under Robert Adam 's influence there was a classic reaction. Sheffield plate was an innovation of the 18th cent.; since then plated ware has become the product of important industries in England and the United States. The modern revival of hand-wrought silver was influenced by the severe forms
of Danish work.

European Silverwork

Much Italian and French silverwork was melted down for reuse and thus lost. Early German Renaissance silverwork is less abundant than that of the 16th cent. from the two most prolific centers, Augsburg and Nuremberg, with their numerous Italian artisans. German characteristics prevail in Swiss silverwork, and the influence extended to Spain but was overbalanced by the presence of many Italian artisans there in the 15th cent.

Spanish silver of the 16th cent. carries elaborate designs, and in the 17th cent. silversmiths added filigree and enamel to the decoration. A Spanish architectural style of the 16th cent. is called plateresque for its profusion of ornate motifs similar to the work of the silversmiths of that period. Much fine 17th- and 18th-century Dutch silver shows designs in the French taste. Poland and Russia produced ecclesiastical plate, domestic ware, and horse trappings.

The Reformation brought destruction to ecclesiastical art of N Europe, and much plate was melted down in England during the Wars of the Roses so that little early English silver is extant. The hallmark came into use c.1300. Elizabethan pieces display German influence, and work of the period of Charles II is loaded with ornament. Cromwellian influence is reflected in English silverwork of extreme simplicity; French tendencies of the Louis XIV regime contributed great enrichment and were followed by the later rococo style; under Robert Adam 's influence there was a classic reaction. Sheffield plate was an innovation of the 18th cent.; since then plated ware has become the product of important industries in England and the United States. The modern revival of hand-wrought silver was influenced by the severe forms of Danish work.

Silverwork in Asia and the Americas

Silversmiths of Asian countries have been expert from early times. The British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum contain representative pieces of superior workmanship, some from Persia, India, and Tibet and other regions of China. Silverwork is an important native craft in Mexico, among native tribes in the W United States, and in Peru, where the abundant metal is often used unalloyed.

In the American colonies silversmithing proved so profitable that it attracted several hundred silverworkers. It was highly developed in New England, by such leaders as John Hull, Jeremiah Dummer , John Coney, and Paul Revere in Boston and Samuel Vernon in Newport, R.I., and in other American cities including Philadelphia and New York, where the Boelen family and Jacobus van der Spiegel were especially noted. Colonial silver, simple in design, is much sought by collectors.

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    Borobudur Silver Necklace Chain


    The chain style named after the magnificent Buddhist temple in Java which was built in the 9th century..
    Model: AKL228
    Weight: 34.00 gram
  • The Twist Link Style Silver Chain Bracelet

    The Twist Link Style Silver Chain Bracelet


    Looking for something unique, we refer to the "Twist Link" chain. The Twist Link chain is made of twisted..
    Model: AGL2394
    Weight: 96.50 gram
  • The Link Style Silver Chain Bracelet

    The Link Style Silver Chain Bracelet


    Link or Curb chains are a very popular choice, particularly with men as they are available with heavy,..
    Model: AGL2393
    Weight: 240.50 gram
  • The Garuda Silver Ring

    The Garuda Silver Ring


    The Garuda is a legendary bird or bird-like creature found in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. He
    Model: ACC2550
    Weight: 0.00 gram
  • Coral Silver Earring

    Coral Silver Earring


    This graduating styled coral earring was our best seller. Whether you're treating yourself or shopping..
    Model: AER4739
    Weight: 0.00 gram
  • Coral Silver Earring

    Coral Silver Earring


    This graduating styled coral earring was our best seller. Whether you're treating yourself or shopping..
    Model: AER4737
    Weight: 0.00 gram
  • Dragonflies and Mother of Pearl Pendant

    Dragonflies and Mother of Pearl Pendant


    The dragonfly has been a subject of intrigue in every single continent it is found in, and with each
    Model: APD4840
    Weight: 20.90 gram
  • Turtles and Starfish Silver Pendant

    Turtles and Starfish Silver Pendant


    Turtles are reptiles with hard shells that protect them from predators. They are among the oldest and..
    Model: APD5020
    Weight: 12.10 gram
  • Mermaid Silver Brooch and Pendant

    Mermaid Silver Brooch and Pendant


    With most of our blue planet covered by water, it's little wonder that, centuries ago, the oceans were..
    Model: APD4993
    Weight: 17.70 gram
  • Mermaid Silver Earring with Coral

    Mermaid Silver Earring with Coral


    With most of our blue planet covered by water, it's little wonder that, centuries ago, the oceans were..
    Model: AER4788
    Weight: 10.10 gram
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