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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 04-12-2005 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a link to our new exhibition website, which includes a complete checklist of the American (and related) silver in The Newark Museum's collection.
[<gone from the internet> newarkmuseum.org/Silver.html]
Silver In America

Our collection ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous, because that's what American silver is. The story our collection tells is the story of a remarkable industry, from mass production to one of a kind. We include quite a few examples of Scandinavian silver, because it was all purchased new in New York from stores opened to capitalize on the Jensen phenomenon. After twenty-five years of collecting, it's very satisfying to see the result. Our staff have been polishing like madmen for the last two months, so come see it before it tarnishes again!

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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 04-12-2005 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congrats on undertaking such an important show. Will there be a catalogue or any other sort of documentation to follow?

Fred

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 04-12-2005 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only sort of documentation is the checklist of the collection, attached to the website and downloadable from there. The pieces in the exhibition are marked with an asterisk. Of course, the website itself will remain 'permanently' on the Museum's webpage, at the decorative arts collection section. We tried to find a publisher, but there doesn't seem to be a market any more for publishing a collection per se.

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 04-12-2005 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[<gone from the internet> newarkmuseum.org/museum_default_page.aspx?id=6584]
Style, Status, Sterling
The Triumph of Silver in America
March 30, 2005 – March 6, 2006

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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 04-14-2005 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ulysses,
A pity that there is no perceived interest in publishing a collection of a specific museum. The site you have set up is very nice and easy to use. I very much like the quality of the images shown in thumbnails and was impressed at the way I could zoom into see fine detail on the pieces. I wish there could be more images available.
Thanks,
Fred

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 04-14-2005 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the kind words. I wish we could have more images, too. We have a lot more images (certainly not of everything, but many things); but I've been told that our IT resources can't support the time it would take to plug all these images into the website. Our IT folks have lots of other things to do than to amuse the curator, and they have been very helpful in creating what we have. I do like that zoom feature, and am glad you like it. I hasten to add that, anything the public has a question about from the checklist, they can email me and I'll try to answer. If we have images available, I can have them scanned and made available to me to e-mail. Not every object has an image, and most are not on the computer yet, but it is a small thing to scan and put the image into our database, from whence I can email it.

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iconnumber posted 04-14-2005 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ulysses,
I appreciate your offer and will spend time brousing through the list of items you have in the museum. I am curious if you might have archived images of a show on silver that the museum hosted over 60 years ago. Peer Smed did a demonstration on forging flatware during the show. I was wondering if the museum may have documented Mr. Smed working. I have a catalogue of the exhibit and there is an image of the forging sequence.

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iconnumber posted 04-15-2005 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whaaa? Peer Smed in Newark? Was this the "modern design in metal" show that we did on the eve of the Depression in 1929? Or the "Decorative Arts Today" show in 1948-9? we bought silver from both of those exhibitions,(Peter Muller Munk in 1929; Margaret Craver, Arthur Pulos, Kay Fisker in 49)but I confess I never registered the fact that Peer Smed was involved at all. A great reason to go look for a piece of his to add to the collection!

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iconnumber posted 04-15-2005 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ulysses,

I fear that my comments were in regard to an exhibit a the Brooklyn Museum of Art in the the late 30's. "Senior moment"

Would not be bad to have some of Smed's work in any collection.

I have lost the contact I had with Smed's Grandaughter living in Prescott, AZ. I still have documents she sent me concerning her Grandfather.

Fred

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iconnumber posted 04-16-2005 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whew, I thought my memory had slipped a gasket. Peer Smed isn't a name I'm likely to have missed in our exhibition files. Someday I might have a piece by Smed. I've focused more on the Jensen-like smiths working for Jensen during the war (WWII), who were working in New Jersey--such as William DeMatteo and Alphonse LaPaglia. I wonder if Smed didn't do something for Jensen during the war, but don't really know anything at all about him. Some people (believe it or not) think he's a myth!

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iconnumber posted 03-03-2017 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An example of Peer Smed:

Chicago Silver has a great write up Peer Smed

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