Ellenor Alcorn, the Eloise W. Martin Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago, presents:
British Silversmiths in the 18th Century: Art or Industry?
Eighteenth century British silversmiths worked in a highly competitive environment. Though supported by their guild, silversmiths in London faced the challenges that every small business must address: finding start-up capital, maintaining a skilled workforce, developing a niche product, and turning a profit. From court commissions to household wares, London makers were challenged to navigate a narrow path between art and commerce.