New Book | Diplomats, Goldsmiths, and Baroque Court Culture

Posted in books by Editor on October 25, 2014

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Philip Rollos the Elder, Great Silver Wine Cistern of Thomas Wentworth, Lord Raby, 1705–1706. On display at Temple Newsam House, Leeds. This enormous cistern sold for more than £2million at Sotheby’s in 2010.
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This collection of essays grows out of a 2012 conference at Wentworth Castle, Yorkshire. From the New Arcadian Press:

Patrick Eyres and James Lomax, eds., Diplomats, Goldsmiths, and Baroque Court Culture: Lord Raby in Berlin, The Hague, and Wentworth Castle (Stainborough: Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust, 2014), 196 pages, ISBN: 978-1909837171, £20.

Wentworth-2-Cover-305x385Lord Raby’s celebrated silver wine cistern was saved for the nation after a major appeal in 2011. It was part of the spectacular group of silver provided by the government for his important embassy to Berlin (1705–1711). He received even more silver as ambassador to the Dutch Republic (1711–1714) when he was Britain’s co-negotiator of the Peace of Utrecht. This book explores the political contexts to Lord Raby’s embassies; the craftsmanship, ritual function and cultural politics of Baroque court Goldsmiths’ work in England, Germany and Holland; as well as the influence of Prussia and peacemaking on the architecture, collections and gardening of Lord Raby’s Wentworth Castle estate in Yorkshire, which he had acquired in 1708.

“The book is particularly strong on the role of goldsmiths work in European diplomacy … [and] is delightfully wide-ranging, offering new scholarship on aspects of cultural politics and dining.” Susan Jenkins, The Art Newspaper (October 2014): 86.

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• Patrick Eyres and James Lomax, Diplomats, Goldsmiths and Baroque Court Culture: Lord Raby in Berlin and at Wentworth Castle
• Alfred Hagemann, The Cultural Milieu of the Berlin Court of Frederick I
• Michael Charlesworth, Lord Raby’s Prussians: Art, Architecture and Amour, 1703–1713
• Patrick Eyres, Lord Raby’s Embassies and their Representation at Wentworth Castle
• James Lomax, The Ambassador’s Plate
• Jet Pijzel-Dommisse, Ambassadorial Plate, Embassies and the Dutch Court
• Philippa Glanville, Goldsmiths and Diplomats in Baroque Europe
• Ellenor Alcorn, Silver and the Early Hanoverians
• James Lomax, Baroque Silver Fountains, Cisterns, and Coolers in England
• Christopher Hartop, German Silver in England
• Jane Furse, Lord Raby and His Scientific Instruments


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