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American Silver


American Silver in the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2018

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American Silver in the Art Institute of Chicago showcases the museum’s superb collection of American silver. In-depth essays relate a fascinating story about eating, drinking, and entertaining that spans the history of the Republic and traces the development of the museum’s holdings of American silver over nearly a century, and a catalogue incorporates detailed analysis of objects written by leading specialists. This digital augmentation of the 2017 publication provides stunning high-resolution photography and, for a select number of objects, three-dimensional captures that allow for close viewing. In addition, this edition includes an extensive illustrated checklist of additional objects.

Edited by Elizabeth McGoey with contributions by Debra Schmidt Bach, David L. Barquist, Judith A. Barter, Jennifer Goldsborough, Medill Higgins Harvey, Patricia Kane, Elizabeth McGoey, Barbara K. Schnitzer, Janine E. Skerry, Ann Wagner, Gerald W. R. Ward, Deborah Dependahl Waters, Beth Carver Wees, and Elizabeth A. Williams

American Silver in the Art Institute of Chicago is free and has received major support for this catalogue is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation. It is also made by possible by the generosity of the Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Buchbinder, Carl and Marilynn Thoma, Louise Ingersoll Tausche, Jamee and Marshal Field V, Kay Bucksbaum, Celia and David Hilliard, and Jan and Bill Jentes.


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