Staff -- Interior Design, 1/28/2003 12:00:00 AM
The Dallas Museum of Art announced that it has acquired what it calls 'the most important private collection of American silver from the period 1925 to 2000, solidifying the museum's position as the leading center for collecting and scholarship in the field.'
The Jewel Stern American Silver Collection was assembled over the past two decades by Stern, one of the foremost scholars in the field. It contains examples of major manufacturers of the 20th century such as Tiffany, Gorham and Reed & Barton as well as designers Eliel Saarinen, Erik Magnussen, Michael Graves, Robert A.M. Stern, Belle Kogan, Harold Nock, Elsa Tenhardt and Robert Locker.
"The Stern Collection of American silver contains exceptional examples of every major style, by every major manufacturer and designer of the 20th century," said John Lane, The Eugene McDermott director of the DMA. "We are fortunate and excited to have this tremendous opportunity to strengthen our permanent collection of decorative arts and present and future audiences with the world's finest collection of 19th and 20th century American silver. I think museum visitors of all ages will find that silver is a wonderful medium for artistic expression."
Said Stern, "It gives me great pleasure to know that my collection has found a permanent home at the Dallas Museum of Art - an institution and community that has been dedicated to the collection, study and presentation of silver for over a decade.
"It was important to me that the collection live within a museum where it will continue to be used as a scholarly resource, as well as provide the public with an opportunity to view and appreciate the beauty and significance of 20-century modern American silver."
For more information, visit www.dallasmuseumofart.org or call 214-922-1200.