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Marks of Achievement: Four Centuries of American Presentation Silver, exhibition files, 1980-1988.

Author: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Office of the Registrar.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Exhibition files, 1924-[ongoing]
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
This subseries consists of materials related to the development, organization, and installation of the exhibition "Marks of Achievement: Four Centuries of American Presentation Silver" held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from September 19, 1987 to January 3, 1988. Over seven years in preparation, this landmark exhibition focused attention on the history and high aesthetic value of presentation silver produced
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
Named Person: Michael K Brown; Katherine S Howe; David B Warren
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Office of the Registrar.
OCLC Number: 86168023
In: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Office of the Registrar
Notes: The records include extensive original photography of objects shown in the exhibition. All photographic materials have been separated from the papers and are stored in the Archives Photograph Collection.
Description: 9.0 linear ft. plus 3.0 linear ft. of processed photographic materials.

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This subseries consists of materials related to the development, organization, and installation of the exhibition "Marks of Achievement: Four Centuries of American Presentation Silver" held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from September 19, 1987 to January 3, 1988. Over seven years in preparation, this landmark exhibition focused attention on the history and high aesthetic value of presentation silver produced in the United States since the early seventeenth century. The exhibition gathered together over one-hundred and fifty silver pieces (ranging from domestic utensils to liturgical objects and trophies) and associated working drawings and original designs. Included in the exhibition files are working checklists; condition reports and condition photographs of each object; lender files, which contain loan agreements, correspondence with institutional and private lenders, and historical information concerning the objects loaned; and object files containing detailed assessments of each piece exhibited.

A significant portion of the subseries documents curatorial activity. These materials consist of curatorial correspondence related to catalogue production; drafts of articles by exhibition curators for publication in the Museum's Bulletin and the magazine Antiques; extensive research materials and notes; an index of American silversmiths; a detailed chronology of known American presentation silver; and results of a nationwide survey conducted in order to locate objects of interest for inclusion in the exhibition. The papers include extensive original photography commissioned for the documentation of condition as well as for the illustration of objects in the exhibition catalogue.

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