Catalogue of American Silver The Cleveland Museum of Art
Author: Phillip M. Johnston
Publisher/Date: Cleveland Museum of Art with Indiana University Press (c. 1994) First printing, stated.
Format/Condition: Gently used large-format black cloth hardcover with silver gilt titling in dust jacket in Near Fine condition. Dust jacket in a protective clear sleeve. Binding good; textblock strong; pages clean and unmarked. 180 pages. Dimensions: 11 x 12 inches. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white.
Description: Represented in the outstanding collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art are examples of most of the masters working in New England before 1820, as well as selections from the Arts and Crafts period and of contemporary silver.
The catalogue is the product of many years of research, examination, and photography, and the culmination of an effort that began almost 100 years before, when Hollis French began to form his collection of early American silver. An engineer involved in the early years of the century in the design of Cleveland's new museum, French long remained a friend of the museum, and bequeathed his collection-the core of the museum's collection of American silver-in 1940.
Extensively illustrated and documented, it is both an art book and an indispensable reference for collectors, dealers, and scholars of American silver.