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iconnumber posted 10-03-2010 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought that I had seen a recent thread referring to a new reference book on either Chicago Arts and Crafts movement generally or silver specifically. I have done a search, but couldn't find it. Is there such a book out there?

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iconnumber posted 10-03-2010 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might be thinking of a new book, Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000, edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W. R. Ward. A follow-on to Kathryn Buhler's two-volume American Silver, 1655-1825, this fine reference work includes around 700 silver objects acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, after 1972.

While the title suggests hemispheric coverage, most of the pages deal with US silver, from colonial through neoclassical to aesthetic work and beyond. But what's best (in my very biased opinion) is a fat, luxurious chapter that focuses on Arts & Crafts silver, and a slightly slimmer one on modernist pieces.

Most MFA purchases included are from New England makers such as George Gebelein, Arthur Stone, Seth Ek, George Germer, Elizabeth Copeland, Gyllenberg and Swanson, Mary Knight, Karl Leinonen, Edward Oakes, Franklin Porter, Katherine Pratt, and Mary Winlock. But the book also features fine works by Robert Jarvie, the Kalo Shop, Carson and Barnum, Potter Studio, and a few others.

The photography and reproduction are terrific. Most of the examples are stellar. Small integrated bios, anecdotes, and curatorial observations provide a ton of useful information. And best of all, photos of maker's marks are included.

The lion's share of the Arts & Crafts chapter is devoted to Arthur Stone, with an astonishing collection of miniatures, chasing and repouss�, mixed metal pieces, boxes, pierced flatware, and a wide range of objects from copper watering cans to big tea sets to sublime vases.

I know two experts who are working on Arts & Crafts metalwork books, but as of today these are still works in progress. There aren't enough references on Arts & Crafts silver, jewelry, and enamel. Silver of the Americas is a welcome addition.

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iconnumber posted 10-03-2010 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, chicagosilver, but that was not the book I thought I saw referred to; in fact, I thought it was in a thread that you were involved with, so I must just be hallucinating!

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iconnumber posted 10-03-2010 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Were you thinking of the 1977 book that was the subject of the Chicago Metalsmiths thread in Ephemera and Documentation forum?

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iconnumber posted 10-03-2010 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's it! Thank you.

[This message has been edited by doc (edited 10-04-2010).]

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