Exhibition Catalogs

Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970


  • Edited by Elizabeth A. Williams, with contributions by Emily Banas, David L. Barquist, Gerald M. Carbone, Amy Miller Dehan, Jeannine Falino, Catherine L. Futter, Erik Gould, Ingrid A. Neuman, John W. Smith, Holly Snyder, Elizabeth A. Williams
  • Established in 1831, the Gorham Manufacturing Company adeptly coupled art and industry, boldly rising to become an industry leader of stylistic and technological achievement in America and around the world. A giant in American silver production, Gorham produced everything from public presentation pieces and one-of-a-kind showstoppers for important occasions to tableware for everyday use. Its works not only trace a narrative arc of great design, they also track the ambitions of Americans as they feasted, socialized, honored and celebrated in style. 
  • In this volume, insightful essays are accompanied by gorgeous new photography of splendid silver pieces. A wealth of archival images, design drawings, casting patterns and company records reveals Gorham's rich heritage as a powerhouse in decorative arts and silver manufacturing. Produced in collaboration with the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD Museum), stewards of the most significant collection of Gorham Silver in the world, Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970 accompanies a major exhibition and casts new light on a rich legacy of exceptional works in silver, illuminating more than a century of grand aesthetic styles, innovative industrial practices, and American social and cultural norms.