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.

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