Looking Ahead: Art of the Austrian Table

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on December 3, 2009

From the Met’s website:

Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 13 April — 7 November 2010


Wolfram Koeppe, ISBN-10: 0300155182 ($35)

Following the acquisition in 2002 of two Viennese silver wine coolers from the Sachsen-Teschen Service, most of the set’s surviving parts were discovered in a French private collection. This superb ensemble was last displayed at the beginning of the twentieth century. Wine coolers, tureens, cloches, sauceboats, candelabra, candlesticks, dozens of plates, porcelain-mounted cutlery, and other kinds of tableware totaling over 350 items, represent the splendor of princely dining during the ancien régime. It was made for Duke Albert Casimir of Sachsen-Teschen (1738-1822), and his consort, Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria (1742-1798) by the Imperial court goldsmith Ignaz Josef Würth. The Sachsen-Teschen Silver Service, an embodiment of Viennese neo-classicism, will be shown in the context of contemporary silver from other countries.
Accompanied by a catalogue to be published by the MMA.

Have a Favorite Eighteenth-Century Digital Resource?

Posted in nominations by Editor on December 3, 2009

The 2010 BSECS Prize for Digital Resources
Nominations due by 14 December 2009

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) is pleased to call for nominations for the 2010 Prize for the best digital resource supporting eighteenth-century studies. The prize is funded by Adam Matthew Digital, GALE Cengage Learning, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and ProQuest. It is judged and awarded by BSECS. This prize promotes the highest standards in the development, utility and presentation of digital resources that assist scholars in the field of eighteenth-century studies broadly defined. Nominated resources should meet the highest academic standards and should contribute in one or more of the following ways:

  • by making available new materials, or presenting existing materials in new ways;
  • by supporting teaching of the period at university level;
  • by facilitating, or itself undertaking, innovative research.

The prize is intended to benefit the international research community, and the competition is open to projects from any country. Resources supporting any scholarly discipline are eligible. Websites or other resources and projects may be nominated by either creators or users.They must have been first launched on or after 1 January 2007. The winner of the cash prize will be announced at the BSECS Annual Conference held in Oxford on 5-7 January 2010. For a nomination form, visit the BSECS website.

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