Explore colonial Canadian culture and society with expert Ross Fox in a series of silver masterworks spanning the two and a half centuries before Confederation in 1867, when Canada became a nation. The pieces, ranging from statues to communion sets, from tea services to presentation pieces, contain quintessential Canadian stories, though not all were made in Canada. Above all, the Catholic Church was the most liberal patron of silversmiths sponsoring exceptional and alluring silverwork. Among silversmiths reviewed are Guillaume Loir, François Ranvoyzé, Robert Cruickshank, Laurent Amiot, and Robert Hendery.

Ross Fox, independent scholar; research associate, Royal Ontario Museum; affiliated faculty member, University of Toronto

  

Above: Louis-Victor Fréret, made by firm of Robert Hendery, Epergne-Candelabrum, 1863. Silver. Presented to the Honourable George-Étienne Cartier MLA by the Constituents of Montreal East. Parks Canada.


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