Lisa Newsom admires this precious metal's brilliant beauty.
From birth to marriage and anniversaries, silver symbolizes momentous occasions in our lives. Highly durable, the metal is primarily used in industry, but it's silver's decorative properties that make it so popular for tableware, jewelry, mirrors, and furniture. The history of ornamentation is dominated by silver. At the Palazzo Pitti's Silver Museum in Florence, twenty-five rooms are devoted to silver and other
treasures, drawn mostly from the Medici collection. In this country, M.S. Rau Antiques, a New Orleans landmark soon celebrating its hundredth birthday, has an impressive inventory by silversmiths such as Paul Revere, Paul Storr, Hester Bateman, and Paul de Lamerie. Silver, one of the earth's gifts, and its shimmery gray hue continue to inspire new generations of design talent.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: M.S. RAU George III sterling silver neoclassical soup tureen with beaded edges, 1799, Paul Storr. PORTA ROMANA Giraffe lamp in decayed silver with satin shade. DAVID YURMAN wide crossover cuff in sterling silver. Kelly Wearstler for SFERRA'S Echo linen pillow with embroidery. TIFFANY & CO. sterling silver Hampton place setting. BRADLEY HUGHES center table with hand-forged base and acid mirror top. IRONIES hand-carved Trove mirror. BUCCEllATI Savoy sterling silver baby cup. MERCEDES-BENZ convertible SL 550. PHILLIP JEFFRIES LTD. Rock Star collection glass-beaded wallpaper, dots in Elton Grey and stripe in Polaris. GEORG JENSEN sterling silver pitcher designed by the Danish silversmith in 1925.