New Publication: Nicolas Besnier (1686-1754), Architecte, orfèvre du roi, et échevin de la Ville de Paris

Nicolas Besnier (1686-1754) was the son of François Besnier - the Chef du gobelet of the French king - and Henriette Delaunay. His uncle was the goldsmith Nicolas Delaunay and his godfather the sculptor Corneille Van Clève. Nicolas Besnier made the journey to Italy between October 1709 [Read More]

New Publication: French Precious Metal Marks from 1789 to the Present Day

Les Poinçons Français des Métaux Précieux de 1789 à ce Jour. Following the interest aroused by the chapter on hallmarks in his book Traditional French Jewellery (2021) Michael Fieggen has continued his research into this field and has now published a complete guide to all 276 French [Read More]

Book Launch: Antwerp Gold and Silver Marks 1456-1798

(International Event) The DIVA Museum (Antwerp) will be hosting a book launch on Friday 1 December for a new publication by the silver specialist, Anne-Marie Claessens-Peré. The book, Antwerp Gold and Silver Marks 1456-1798 (Antwerpse goud- en zilvermerken 1456-1798) is the first systematic overview of city seals, [Read More]

The French Silverware in the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection – by Peter Fuhring

The collection of 18th- and early-19th-century French silverware acquired by Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian between 1900 and 1950 is the most important of its time and one of the most significant sections of the Gulbenkian Museum’s collection. The collection of over 150 pieces constitutes a unique group due [Read More]

Novel Ideas: A selection of fiction titles on the theme of silver

For anyone wishing to add a little silver-related fiction to their reading list, this post features a running list of suggestions. Do get in touch if you have any recommendations or would like to see your novel featured! Argentum by James Leslie-Melville (The Book Guild, 2023) The [Read More]


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