The Painted Ladies of The American Silver Museum presents a new and exciting way to preserve, display, and enjoy silver pieces in today's home decor.
The hand -painted pieces that we exhibit had long-lost their silver plated surfaces and were heading towards destruction. They had no historical merit and re-silvering would oftentimes destroy the embellishments that made these pieces beautiful.
After much experimentation, a technique was developed to rescue these treasures so that they could once again be displayed with pride. Each piece is it's own work of art. No two pieces are alike, and we believe that the manufacturer's of these objects would approve of our efforts.
We fully recognized that our 'Painted Ladies' would stir controversy in many communities. It was with great trepidation that we painted our first piece. We were fully aware of the value and importance of original patina to an antique. However, these objects were languishing in antique stores, auction houses, online auctions and in other venues. Something needed to be done to capture the public attention so that pieces that had travelled from 1865 to present day homes in perfect condition would once again find favor with consumers and museums.
Our main website shows our commitment to preserving and maintaining items with enough original (sometimes not perfect) items. The topic of how and why we painted our less-than-perfect items, and what parameters were established to ensure that we weren't destroying a valuable piece of decorative art is a big topic, and we'll cover that topic in future blogs.
We hope you enjoy:
The Painted Ladies of The American Silver Museum
This website (American Silver Museum II ) was created to house exhibitions that would not fit onto our American Silver Museum I website.
Our first 'carve-out' exhibition (James W. Tufts) can still be enjoyed here, and can also be found at our main site:
The American Silver Museum www.AmericanSilverMuseum.COM was created in May of 2019.
Intended as a small online museum experience, within three months its scope and size demanded more space for the exhibits and galleries!
We are happy to report that the analytics and metrics indicated great interest in our little museum experience/experiment, and so, we’ve expanded the museum to this, our second site: The American Silver Museum II
The American Silver Museum boasts a large collection of works from the manufacturer James W. Tufts (Boston MA). We’ve chosen The American Silver Museum II as the site of a permanent installation of our James W Tufts exhibits and galleries so that our visitors and guests can fully appreciate the fine qualities of Mr. Tufts efforts.
The American Silver Museum II will give us sorely needed space in our rotating exhibitions at the original American Silver Museum. We’ll be cross-linking the two sites for easy navigation, and we hope that you will fully enjoy both sites.
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