“Silver in Kentucky, 1800-1860” at Speed Art Museum

“Silver in Kentucky, 1800-1860” will be on display at the Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St., 634-2700, indefinitely. The exhibition features over twenty-five examples of silver hollowware, including pitchers, tea sets and other forms. All come from the state’s finest private collection of Kentucky silver.

Along with the work of well-known Kentucky silversmiths like Asa Blanchard (about 1770-1838), the exhibition also includes pieces by less familiar makers like Charles Plimpton (working from at least 1814). Other highlights include an extremely rare coffee or hot water urn bearing the mark of Lexington’s George Stewart (active in Kentucky from about 1857 until about 1864), a Stewart horse racing trophy for the 1846 Chiles Stake, and an Asa Blanchard teapot that retains an old, and perhaps original, cloth strainer bag mounted on a silver collar.

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