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18th century silver and silverware

Silver has been used since Antiquity to mint coins as well as to create jewellery and objects devoted to the arts of the table and interior design. 18th century silver and silverware blend their worth, in terms of weight in metal and their decorative, utilitarian value. During the Renaissance, silver deposits were discovered in Latin America: the production of silver and silverware became popular all over the world.

In France, numerous pieces of 18th century silver and silverware were melted down on the orders of Louis XIV in order to replenish the royal coffers. Under the reign of Louis XV, the production of silver and silverware was revived according to strict rules. Silversmiths produced numerous pieces in solid silver, in particular for the art of the table: cutlery, goblets, shakers, carafes, wine coolers, serving dishes, oil and vinegar cruets, candlesticks, and so on.