Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Cutlery: it's more than knives, forks & spoons-

Our new printed catalog, "Books on Silver & Silversmiths", just out this week, rolls along -if you want a copy and did not get one, please let us know. One of the most popular new books in the catalog is a great book on cutlery-

"Cutlery. From Gothic to Art Deco. The J. Hollander Collection" by Jan Van Trigt, published in 2003 by Pandora. There are no words to adequately describe the 534 sets of antique cutlery illustrated and described here. I’m not sure how anyone could eat while holding such objects- you’d just sit there, staring at the intricate details and wonderful carving or enamel or engraved work. One might literally starve while attempting to dine. There are knives and forks with handles of carved bone and ivory, decorated porcelain, gleaming enamels, chased, gilt or engraved silver, handles of coral and agate and other semi-precious stones, traveling cutlery of brass or mother-of-pearl... there are heads, stags, flowers, scrolls, bears, priests, angels, buxom women and bearded sages. There may even be buxom sages, I’ve lost track. Published at the time of the exhibition of the Hollander Collection at the Design Museum of Ghent in 2003. Essential for the lover of silver, and cutlery. Essential even if you don’t love cutlery. It’s that good. Hardcover. 10”x12”, 298 pages, color illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. $75.00

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