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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 03-03-2017 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On May 6, 2017, the Newark Museum will open its first permanent gallery for American silver, ranging from Colonial to contemporary. "Style & Status in Sterling" will finally look at the range of silver objects made for the American home, and discuss the meaning and making of these things.

Literally in the center of the gallery will be this new acquisition (as of yesterday): a unique 1893 tray, called "The Dancers," made by Gorham in RI and NY for their opulent display at the Chicago World's Fair. In pristine condition, bejeweled and gilded in two colors, with enamel plaques from Gorham's NY studio inset like jewels themselves. A bit of Imperial Austria in America. Now in Newark.

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 03-03-2017 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good to see you posting Ulysses!
One day I hope to make it to your museum. smile

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 03-03-2017 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. No excuse other than "my job got in the way." But really it came down to posting photos (and Facebook, which is a PR thing for us).

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 03-03-2017 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the opposite end of the spectrum for the Newark Museum's new silver gallery, is this chastely elegant coffeepot, 1763-65, made by Myer Myers of New York in collaboration with Benjamin Halsted of New Jersey. These two formed one of the first such partnerships in the colonial silver world. It is the only known coffeepot from the H&M years, although it relates to other coffeepots by Myers.

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seaduck

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iconnumber posted 03-03-2017 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for seaduck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't tell you how delighted I am to:
(1) See you posting again!
(2) Hear about the new gallery

I grumbled recently to a senior museum person about the lack of attention to silver in the galleries, and the response I got was that it's not a major focus of interest or a major collecting area.

Well....when has that yardstick ever stopped museums? And how can public interest grow or be sustained if they don't get to see good stuff, creatively interpreted?

May have to make the journey to Newark1

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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 03-03-2017 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So good to see you posting and as usual beautiful things. Now you tell us we can come see them!

This summer I will finally make it.

Am I right that you may be looking to new horizons?

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 03-07-2017 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep. My silver gallery is my swan-song (among a few such songs this year). I retire as of 12/31/17. But I'll still be looking at silver, and one retirement project is to (voluntarily) write the book about Newark's silver collection, and see if I can't find a publisher or a funder for it.

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iconnumber posted 03-07-2017 09:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is good and bad news! Good you are ending a great run on a high note (to stick with the song theme). Bad that we/Newark lose such an astute eye and wealth of insight. I really am hoping to finally meet at the museum so until then I will enjoy your posts here.

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