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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 03-09-2007 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just finished doing some work in Riga, Latvia and had a chance to walk around the old city. One antique shop I visited contained a very interesting collection of silver from the city. The owner, Viktor Astanins wrote a small book, Riga Silver, for an exhibit during the 800th anniversary of the City (2001). In addition to excellent color photographs of the collection, the book contains a list of Riga silversmiths with biographical sketches and some photographs of marks. The author told me that some of the makers he researched cannot be found in other published sources. The text is in Latvian, German, and English. Although I have no Latvian silver and few Russian pieces, I could not resist getting a copy, which he signed.

I have learned from the forum that silver from countries previously part of the Russian, Austro-Hungarian, and German Empires can be challenging to identify, so I wanted to make those of you who collect from this area aware of the book. I have the author/shop contact information, which I do not want to post without permission since I am not sure if doing so would violate forum guidelines (I am not selling the item, just sharing information about it). The book was very inexpensive, though I cannot say what it would cost to order it and have it shipped. At the very least, I will be happy to look up information for anyone who posts a thread on Latvian silver!

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Tom

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iconnumber posted 03-09-2007 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please post the ordering info. Thank you for ferreting out this reference.

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Maybe a group order??

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FWG

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iconnumber posted 03-09-2007 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FWG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm definitely interested in adding it to my library....

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Dorothee posted 03-09-2007 01:13 PM posted in the New Members' forum
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Good evening tmockait -
as I collect Baltic silver since many years I am very interested in this book and the address where to buy it.
Which silversmiths are listed, only the ones under Russian rule and/or the ones between the years 1920-1941? Maybe you can post a photo of the cover.
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Dorothee

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tmockait

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Gallery Antiqua
Arts & Antiques
25 Valnu Street
Riga, LV-1050
Latvia

tel: +3717225930
fax: +3717225931

antiqua@ml.lv

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kerppola posted 03-10-2007 03:20 AM in the New Members' Forum
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Hi Dorothee,

I just wanted to show you a book of Baltic Silver. It is a book with 368 pages of main silver treasures from Livonia, Estonia and Courland from 14th to the beginning of 19th century. In the book is included 273 silver objects and a seven pages list of town marks and silver smiths from these periods. The book is based on studies on Baltic silver and a big exhibition that was in the Baltic states and Nordic countries in the 1990's.

I guess it is difficult to get this book in the US but just that you know there is a book like this.

Rgds,
Juhana


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Dorothee posted 03-10-2007 09:06 AM posted in the New Members’ Forum
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Good afternoon kerppola-

thank you for your book tip - it́s in my biblio already. I am looking for Baltic silversmiths from the years 1920-1941 - if you ever find something, just let me know. By the way I am from Germany and travel often to the Baltic - so I have access to all the local bookshops. There are very informative books in Russian (Soviet time) and Estonian language. For Latvian silver I recommend "Serebrjanich del Mastera Latvii"! In the last 5 years many new books came to the market - many riddles are solved now.

Regards
Dorothee



Serebrianykh Del Mastera Latvii: Kleima I Raboty

Authors: V. Vilite, Rundales pils muzejs
Language: Russian
Format: Book (Illustrated), 223 pages
Publication Date: January 1992
ISBN-10: 5401007868
ISBN-13: 9785401007865

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