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A Noble Pursuit: English Silver from the Rita Gans Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Artsby Christopher Hartop
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In 1997 Rita Gans generously gave the Virginia Museum of FineArts an outstanding array of English silver from the collection she and her latehusband, Jerome, had amassed over some thirty years. Thanks to the munificent giftin 2010 of more stunning silver collected by her during the past thirteen years, themuseum is home to one of the most important collections of English silver in theUnited States. Using examples from the Gans Collection, this book looks closely atthe time-honored pursuit of the beautiful and rare in silver and charts the rise ofantique silver collecting in Europe and America during the past three centuries.Many motives lie behind silver collecting, but more than an object's beauty, scarcity, provenance, or historical significance, the main driving force isfrequently the thrill of the chase.
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