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The exhibition is made possible by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

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Folding a Water Lily Napkin - Vienna Circa 1780

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The superb Sachsen-Teschen Dinner Service on display in the exhibition Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered was last shown at the beginning of the twentieth century. More than three hundred wine coolers, tureens, cloches, candelabra, candlesticks, dozens of plates, porcelain-mounted cutlery, and other kinds of tableware embodying Viennese Neoclassicism represent the splendor of royal dining during the ancien régime. In conjunction with the exhibition, Joan Sallas demonstrates folding a "water lily" napkin for the exhibition.

The exhibition is made possible by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.


Learn more about Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered:
http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2010/vienna-circa-1780

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Special Exhibition: Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered

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Wolfram Koeppe—curator of the exhibition Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered—tells the story of the spectacular Sachsen-Teschen silver service and describes the splendor of royal dining during the ancien régime.

Vienna Circa 1780

An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered

April 13–November 7, 2010

Accompanied by a catalogue

Following the acquisition in 2002 of a pair of wine coolers from the Sachsen-Teschen Service, the core of the surviving parts was discovered in a French private collection. This superb ensemble was last displayed at the beginning of the twentieth century. Wine coolers, tureens, cloches, candelabra, candlesticks, dozens of plates, porcelain-mounted cutlery, and other kinds of tableware, totaling more than three hundred items, represent the splendor of royal dining during the ancien régime. It was made for Duke Albert Casimir of Sachsen-Teschen (1738–1822) and his consort, Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria (1742–1798), daughter of Empress Maria Theresa, by the Imperial court goldsmith Ignaz Josef Würth. The Sachsen-Teschen Silver Service, an embodiment of Viennese Neoclassicism, is shown in the context of contemporary silver from other countries.