The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Nationalmuseum in Stockholm acquires plate warmer by Rudolf Wittkopf
A plate warmer manufactured by Rudolf Wittkopf in Stockholm in 1709, believed to be a unique artifact, has been added to Nationalmuseum’s collection.
STOCKHOLM.- Nationalmuseum has acquired a unique plate warmer dating from the early 18th century. Manufactured by Rudolf Wittkopf, it is Sweden’s only known surviving example in silver. The plate warmer is evidence of the prestige attached to French style by the Swedish upper class at that time.

A plate warmer manufactured by Rudolf Wittkopf in Stockholm in 1709, believed to be a unique artifact, has been added to Nationalmuseum’s collection of early 18th-century Swedish silver. The piece, the only known surviving example in Sweden of a silver plate warmer, consists of a stand with three cast-metal feet and a removable burner with oil reservoir. The upper section is perforated to improve the airflow to the flame providing the heat, and at the top are three volute-shaped handles that hold the plate of food to be warmed.

The new, refined dining customs that appeared in Swedish upper-class circles in the early 18th century were modelled on French practices. Nationalmuseum’s extensive collection of hand drawings includes depictions from this period of two French réchaudes, or plate warmers, which were intended to serve as models for the modern silverware to be ordered by the Swedish court and aristocracy. The royal household accounts of Queen Hedvig Eleonora show that, in 1705, the fashion-conscious monarch purchased “a silver dish ring that can also be used as a heating dish” from Petter Henning, a Stockholm silversmith. However, little of the royal silverware from this period has survived, and there are no known examples in Sweden apart from the plate warmer now acquired by Nationalmuseum. This suggests that objects of this kind were a rarity even in their day and were probably manufactured only in very limited quantities.

The new acquisition is an important addition to Nationalmuseum’s collection of late baroque silver, illustrating how closely the Swedish court and aristocracy followed contemporary fashion, especially that of France.

Nationalmuseum’s acquisition of the Rudolf Wittkopf plate warmer has been made possible by a donation from the Barbro Osher Fund. Nationalmuseum has no budget of its own for new acquisitions, but relies on gifting and financial support from private funds and foundations to enhance its collections of fine art and craft.






Today's News

August 14, 2013

Romania court adjourns Dutch art heist trial; Suspect offers to return paintings

Dundee Contemporary Arts brings Sister Corita Kent's inspiring work to Scotland

Julien's Auctions announces rare sale of Banksy original graffiti mural from L.A. gas station

National Portrait Gallery acquires rarely seen celebrity photographs by Bob Carlos Clarke

National Maritime Museum announces appeal to acquire two major works by George Stubbs

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plays history teacher on Berlin Wall anniversary

Superstar architect Rem Koolhaas chosen to design new Miami Beach Convention Center

After more than 40 years of mounting guilt, aging Chinese apologise for Cultural Revolution 'evil'

California 'Hyperloop' fast transport design unveiled by inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk

Peabody Essex Museum selects Ennead Architects to design museum's $200 million expansion

Significant Historic New England collection of Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographs accessible online

Astonishing ships' opera created by Richard Wilson and Zatorski + Zatorski for 2013 Mayor's Thames Festival

Gil Elvgren, science-fiction art headline Heritage's $1.3+ million summer illustration auction

Nationalmuseum in Stockholm acquires plate warmer by Rudolf Wittkopf

Exhibition highlights global diversity of contemporary photographic portraiture

Ahoy! The Curator's Eye features nautical art and artifacts

From Italian prancing horse to German-powered speedboat: Bonhams celebrates European engineering

Mapping the Abstract: Exhibition by three artists at Beers.Lambert Contemporary

World shoe aficionados flock to Italian masters

Colourful expressions conquer Singapore: A meeting of different art forms

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- 100 nude women pose in Cleveland, reflecting on Trump

2.- West Kowloon Cultural District Authority appoints M+ Executive Director

3.- Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil: Movie has US premiere at Film Forum

4.- Masterpieces replaced by fakes in six national galleries in treasure hunt

5.- On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh 'suicide gun' on display in Amsterdam

6.- Getty Museum opens exhibition of illuminated manuscripts

7.- Two rolls of early Kodak film acquired by the George Eastman Museum

8.- Dark secrets of the man who opened architecture to the light

9.- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's refugee life jackets in Vienna palace pond

10.- Gallery 19C brings together two views of Venice by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemariasound.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful