Baroque

Baroque  is a highly ornate and often extravagant style of architecture, music, painting, sculpture and other arts that flourished in Europe from the early 17th until the mid-18th century. It followed the Renaissance style and preceded the Rococo (in the past often referred to as “late Baroque”) and Neoclassical styles. It was encouraged by the Catholic Church as a means to counter the simplicity and austerity of Protestant architecture, art and music, though Lutheran Baroque art developed in parts of Europe as well. The Baroque style used contrast, movement, exuberant detail, deep colour, grandeur and surprise to achieve a sense of awe. The style began at the start of the 17th century in Rome, then spread rapidly to France, northern Italy, Spain and Portugal, then to Austria and southern Germany. By the 1730s, it had evolved into an even more flamboyant style, called rocaille or Rococo, which appeared in France and central Europe until the mid to late 18th century. Reference: Wikipedia

Seventeenth Century Silver was very much influenced by the Huguenot silversmiths. These were refugees who leftt their French homeland because of religious persecution. English aristocrats of the time, had a love of French Style and fine craftsmanship so supported these exiles. The Huguenots, , were protected from the religious persecution of Catholic rulers until Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685. In 1688 William of Orange issued a proclamation encouraging Huguenot settlement in England.

The Huguenots produced some of the finest silver items of the time having been trained in the latest French Court styles. Their skills and styles continued to influence silversmithing into the 1760s. England was an extremely prosperous nation at this time and the demand for silver increased. Silver was a way of displaying wealth and social status. Tureens and Sauce Boats were introduced during this era due to the introduction of French Cruisine. Tea, chocolate and coffee were introduced to England in the 1650s resulting in the creation of new vessels such as teapots and coffee pots.

 







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