How to Care For Your Fine and Decorative Art

Andre Bouys (1656 – 1740), La Récures (1737)

Keep art and furniture away from direct sunlight. Art, especially paper, photographs, textiles and wood can warp, lighten in color and cause the material become very dry and brittle. Ultraviolet light can also cause severe and often irreversible damage.

Do not store fine art, furniture, silver and carpets in basements or attics. These areas are susceptible to dramatic temperature fluctuations, flooding, leaks, heat, humidity and dampness. Pay attention to any art, furniture pieces with marquetry and metals in bathrooms where long, steamy showers are taken.
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A Victorian Essential, The Spoon Warmer

This is the most typical spoon warmer. Christies (NYC) sold this Edwardian version by William Hutton & Sons, London, made 1904 in July 2002.

A Victorian invention and considered one of the essential “fancies” to every well-run household, the spoon warmer was once very popular.  One of a variety of articles created for the demanding and expanding middle class. The amount of silver fancies one posessed was seen as a measure of social status and the status conscious were eager to display their new found wealth. There could never be too many objects as dining rooms were meant to impress. So many glistening objects piled up on sideboards and dining tables, their legs must have quivered under the weight of it all.
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