The Sterling Silver Tree

The Eye of the Beholder

Black & White in Color

Silver Fish on a Silver Dish

Detail, Dish Cover, Antoine- Sebastian Durand, (master in 1740), Paris c. 1745-1755, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal


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Large silver platform, part of Altar of Santa Maria La Real de la Almudena, Almudena Cathedral (The Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena), Madrid, Spain.

A statue of the Virgin and Child stands atop an elaborate 17th century silver platform on the altar of Our Lady of Almudena, patron saint of the Madrid.   It is part of a larger altarpiece from the late 15th Century.

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Silver in Black and White

Silver vases and flowers, Almudena Cathedral, Madrid, Spain

Silver vases/flowers decorating the three-story altar dedicated to the Virgin of Almudena, Almudena Cathedral, Madrid, Spain.

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Portion of the Monstrance of Arfe, Treasury of Cathedral, Toledo, Spain

The lower section of La Custodia de Enrique de Arfe or  the Monstrance of Arfe.  The outer structure, which measures over ten feet tall, was made of solid silver and gilded. In the center stands a smaller, solid gold monstrance studded with gems and pearls. The inner monstrance belonged to Queen Isabella the Catholic and was brought to Toledo in 1505. The gothic style outer structure was  made by silversmith Enrique de Arfe between 1517–1524; the gilding was applied later in 1595. Legend has it that the monstrance was gilded with the first gold brought back from the New World by Columbus.  It is used to display a communion wafer on special occasions. The monstrance is/was paraded through the streets of Toledo in the annual feast of Corpus Christi.



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