Historical Meriden-area design exhibitions & expositions list (1853-present)

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| Design Meriden | 16 June 2016 | Updated 8 May 2018


This compilation is currently in development. Researchers should note that the listings below has been put together quickly and inclusion in the exhibition is not necessarily confirmed at the exhibition checklist level. Some sourcing is via exhibition catalogues, which as we know does not confirm inclusion in the show or inclusion across multiple venues. Also, some listings are reliant on mentions in secondary sources. Further, if you go to the company pages, more information might be available. If you know of an exhibition not listed below, please do contact artdesigncafe.com with as much information as possible.

(Click the following link to see our developing list focused on exhibitions concerning art and design involving the Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art (1947-52) and Burton and Emily Hall Tremaine, currently estimated at over 850 shows.)



1850s

14 July 1853 - 14 November 1854. Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, New York. (Updated 15 March 2017. AAA00588.)

> Companies include: Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co. - Recipient of bronze medal.

1858; specific dates unknown. at the Connecticut State Agricultural Society. (Updated 15 March 2017. AAA00588.)

> Companies include: Rogers Bros. Hartford (presumably Rogers Bros. Mfg. Co.) (recipient of gold medal for best silverplated ware).

1859; dates unknown. The American Institute, New York. (Viewed 5 June 2017. A02596-97.)

> Companies include: "Parker, Snow, Brooks & Co., West Meriden, Conn., [award] for the best punching presses. (A silver medal having been before awarded.) Diploma".


1860s

1865; dates unknown. The American Institute, New York. (Viewed 5 June 2017. A02596-97.)

> Companies include: "Meriden Cutlery Company, No. 45 Beckman street, [award] for beautiful specimens of table cutlery. Silver medal".

1 April - 31 October 1867. Paris Universal Exposition. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00845-46.)

> Companies include: Meriden Britannia Company.

1867; dates unknown. The American Institute, New York. (Viewed 28 May 2017. A02565-67.)

> Companies include: Bradley & Hubbard; Rogers, Smith & Co. (awarded: "Third medal and a diploma")

1869; specific dates unknown. American Institute fair, New York. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02589-92; AAA00588.)

Companies include:
> "Manning, Bowman & Co., 60 John street, New York, [award] for silver plated ware. Third medal and certificate".

> "Parker Brothers, West Meriden, Conn., [award] for power presses. First media and diploma" and award "for shot guns. First media and diploma".

> "Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., 19 John street, New York, [award] for plated ware. Second medal and diploma".


1870s

1870, dates unknown. American Institute fair, New York. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02588-89.)

Companies include:

> "Hall, Elton & Co., 36 Park row, [award] for silver plated forks, spoons, etc. Second premium".

> "Meriden Cutlery Company, 45 Beckman street, [award] for the best table cutlery. First premium".

> "Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., 19 John street, [award] for silver plated ware. Second premium".

1871; dates unknown. American Institute fair, New York. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02586-87.)

> Companies include: Hall, Elton & Co.; Meriden Cutlery Company; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.

1873; dates unknown. American Institute Fair, New York. (Updated 20 January 2018. AAA00328; AAA00588.)

> Companies include: Meriden Britannia Company, "Silver medal awarded" for "best silverplated ware".

1874; dates unknown. American Institute Fair, New York. (Updated 20 January 2018. AAA00328.)

> Companies include: Meriden Britannia Company.

1875; dates unknown. American Institute Fair, New York. (Updated 20 January 2018. AAA00328.)

> Companies include: Meriden Britannia Company.

10 May - 10 November 1876. Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia. (Updated 20 January 2018. A00819-39; A00841-42; A00965-75; AAA00545; AAA00588.)

> Companies include: Bradley & Hubbard; Derby Silver Co. (bronze media); Hall, Elton & Co.; W. A. Kelsey and Co. (award); Manning, Bowman & Co. (award recipient); Meriden Britannia Company (including The buffalo hunt (Bronze medal); Meriden Curtain Fixture Co. (award); Meriden Cutlery Co. (award); Meriden Silver Plate Company; Meriden Woolen Co. (award); A. H. Merriman (award); Middletown Plate Company; Edward Miller & Co. (award); Jonathan Miller (award); Miller Brothers Cutlery Co. (award); G.I. Mix (Yalesville); Charles Parker (guns) (award); C. Rogers & Co. (award); 1847 Rogers Bros.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (Wallingford); W.M. Smith (award); United States Shear Co. (award).

1877; dates unknown. The American Institute, New York. (Updated 20 January 2018. AAA00588.)

> Companies: Derby Silver Co., "Bronze medal awarded to Derby Silver Co. for best silverplated ware on nickel base".

1 May - 10 November 1878. Paris Universal Exposition. (Updated 20 January 2018. A00843-44; A00847-49.)

> Companies include: Manning, Bowman & Co.; Meriden Flint Glass Works, recipient Honorable Mention award.

17 September 1879 - 20 April 1880. Sydney International Exhibition, Australia. (Updated 20 January 2018. A01524-27; AAA00588.)

> Companies include: E. Miller & Co.; Meriden Britannia Company; Meriden Flint Glass Company; Parker Tool. Co. (Vises); Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.- "Bronze medal awarded".


1880s

1 October 1880 - 30 April 1881. Melbourne International Exhibition, Australia. (Viewed 26 June 2016. A00997-1000; AAA00588.)

> Companies include: Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Co.; Manning, Bowman & Co.; Middletown Plate Co.; E. Miller & Co.; Parker Brothers; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (silver medal for plated wares)

5 October - 31 December 1881. International Cotton Exposition, Atlanta. (Updated 20 January 2018. AAA00358; AAA00545; AAA00588.)

> Companies include: Meriden Britannia (including Theodore Baur’s The buffalo hunt. "Silver medal awarded to Meriden Britannia Co. for collective exhibit, table silver and plated ware" (May, 1947).

1883; dates unknown. The American Institute, New York. (Updated 20 January 2018. AAA00588.)

> Companies include: Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. ("Bronze medal awarded to Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. for electro-silverplated tableware")

16 December 1884 - 2 June 1885. World Cotton Centennial, New Orleans. (Updated 20 January 2018. AAA00328; AAA00588.)

> Companies include: Meriden Britannia Company.

1888; specific dates unknown. The American Institute, New York. (Viewed 19 March 2017. AAA00588.)

> Companies include: Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. ("Bronze medal awarded... for silverplated spoons and forks, sterling silver inlaid.")

1 August 1888-. Centennial International Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia. (Viewed 20 March 2017. A01761-62; AAA00588.)

> Companies includes: Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company. ["Silver medal awarded" (May, 1947)]

"[Other companies,] and the choice display of electroplated ware by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., of Wallingford, occupy the most prominent places in the main building, immediately under the principal dome and adjoining the entrance to the concern hall, the general point of rendezvous for friends and families visiting the Exhibition" [Reports (above), p. 130].
6 May -31 October 1889. Exposition universelle de 1889, Paris. (Updated 20 January 2018. A01226; A01055-57; AAA00456; AAA00545.)

> Companies includes: Meriden Britannia Company (including Theodore Baur’s The buffalo hunt (Gold Medal Award winner). (Historical design context: The Eiffel Tower was built as the entrance for this exposition.)

1889, specific dates unknown. The American Institute, New York. (Viewed 19 March 2017. AAA00588.)

> Companies includes: Holmes & Edwards Silver Company. ("Bronze medal awarded... for sterling silver inlaid spoons and forks and initial spoons and forks.")


1890s

1 May - 30 October 1893. World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago. (Updated 18 March 2018. A00393; A00731; A00850-56; A01460; A01528-31; AAA00588; AAA01607-09.)

> Companies include: American Automatic Lighting Co.; Chapman Manufacturing Company; The Chas. Parker Co. (vises); Holmes & Edwards Silver Co. (bronze medal); Kelsey Press; Meriden Britannia Company (bronze medal); Meriden Curtain Fixture Co.; Parker Bros (guns); M. B. Schenck; Rogers & Bro. (Waterbury); Wm. Rogers Manufacturing Co. (Hartford) (bronze medal).

1894; specific dates unknown. California Mid-Winter International Exhibition, San Francisco, CA. (Updated 21 January 2018. AAA00588.)

> Companies include: Holmes & Edwards Silver Company ("Gold medal awarded... for sterling silver inlaid spoons and forks; silver medal".)

13-18 May 1895. First Annual Sportsmen’s Exposition, Madison Square Garden, New York City. (Updated 21 January 2018. A02334; A02336.)

> Companies include: Parker Bros. & Co.

1 June - 1 November 1898. Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, Omaha, Nebraska. (Updated 21 January 2018. AAA00358; AAA00545; AAA00588)

Companies include: Meriden Britannia Company (including Theodore Baur’s The buffalo hunt), (brass medal awarded).


1900s

1 May - 2 November 2001. Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York. (Updated 21 January 2018. [A01052-54.)

> Companies: Edward Miller & Co. (gas appliances); Kelsey Press.

30 April - 1 December 1904. Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Missouri. (Viewed 21 January 2018. A02297-99.)

> Companies: Bradley & Hubbard (electric lighting fixtures installed in the State Building of Connecticut)


1910s

20 February - 4 December 1915. Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco. (Updated 13 November 2017. AAA00359-60; AAA00546-7; AAA00588.)

> Companies: International Silver Company, bronze medal awarded (including Louis Gudebrod’s The Spirit of the West, a 5-foot-high sculpture.


1920s

American industrial art: Ninth annual exhibition of current manufacturers designed and made in the United States at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (29 March - 3 May 1925). Companies: Barbour Silver Company; International Silver Company; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox & Evertsen. (Link to catalogue above, courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art.) Viewed 25 August 2016. [AAA00098]

American industrial art: Tenth annual exhibition of current manufactures designed and made in the United States at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (4 December 1926 - 5 January 1927). Companies: Barbour Silver Company; International Silver Company; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox & Evertsen. (Link to catalogue above.) Viewed 25 August 2016. [AAA00095]

The exposition of art in trade at Macy’s at Macy’s, New York (2-27 May 1927). Companies: International Silver Company. (With exhibition catalogue, see worldcat.org for many library locations.) Viewed 27 August 2016. [A01158]

An international exposition of art in industry at Macy’s, New York (14-26 May 1928). Companies: International Silver Company. (With exhibition catalogue, see worldcat.org for library locations.) Viewed 27 August 2016. [A01158]

The architect and the industrial arts: An exhibition of contemporary American design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (12 February - 2 September 1929). Companies: Eliel Saarinen for International Silver Company. (Link to catalogue above.) Viewed 24 August 2016. [AAA00093]


1930s

International exhibition of contemporary metalwork and cotton textiles, organized by the American Federation of Arts, Washington, DC. Venues: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (15 October - 10 November 1930); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1-28 December 1930); Art Institute of Chicago (19 January - 1 March 1931); Cleveland Museum of Art (11 March - 5 April 1931). See catalogue (direct to pdf). Companies: 1847 Rogers Brothers / ISC; Holmes & Edwards Silver Company / ISC; International Silver Company; R. Wallace & Sons. Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago. Viewed 31 March 2017. [A01871-76]

Twelfth exhibition of contemporary American industrial art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (12 October - 22 November 1931). Companies: International Silver Co.. (Link to catalogue above courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art.) Viewed 25 August 2016. [AAA00097]

Contemporary American industrial art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (5 November 1934 - 6 January 1935). Companies: Bradley & Hubbard; International Silver Co. / Wilcox Silver Plate Co.. (Link to catalogue above courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art.) Viewed 24 August 2016. [A00346]

Exhibition of home furnishings at the Cranbrook Pavilion, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. (1935, specific dates unknown.) Companies: International Silver Company / Wilcox Silver Plate Co. Viewed 20 August 2016. [A01145]

Contemporary industrial and handwrought silver at the Brooklyn Museum, New York (1937, specific dates unknown). Companies: International Silver Company; R. Wallace & Sons. (exhibition catalogue link above, courtesy University of Wisconsin. Viewed 25 August 2016. [AAA00094]

Exposition Internationale des Arts et des Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, Paris, (25 May - 25 November 1937). Companies: International Silver Company. Viewed 24 September 2016. (See Jewel Stern’s Modernism in American Silver (2005), pp. 170-71 and 356, Stark entry.) [AA01199]

Silver: An exhibition of contemporary American design by manufacturers, designers and craftsmen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (11 April - 23 May 1937). Companies: International Silver Company; R. Wallace & Sons. (exhibition catalogue link above, courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art. Viewed 25 August 2016. [AAA00096]

Useful household objects under $5.00 at Museum of Modern Art, New York (28 September - 28 October 1938). Additional exhibitions "for at least one year", according to press release, at venues in Saratoga Springs, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; State College, PA; Ithaca, NY; Chicago, IL; Frederick, MD; Berea, KY; Des Moines, IA; Los Angeles, CA. Companies: Manning Bowman. Viewed 29 September 2016. [AAA00243-45]


1940s

Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, CA. (18 February - 29 October 1939; 25 May - 29 September 1940). [See Jewel Stern’s Modernism in American Silver (2005), pp. 171-74.] Companies: International Silver Company. Viewed 24 September 2016. [A01199]

An Exhibition of Silver: French, British, American, Modern at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA (19 November - 30 December 1940). Companies: International Silver Company. (Viewed 24 September 2016. A01198-99.)

Useful objects under $10 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2 December 1941 - 4 January 1942). Companies: Manning Bowman. (Viewed 29 September 2016. AAA00248-49.)

12 April - 30 October 1949. The house in the museum garden (by Marcel Breuer) at Museum of Modern Art, New York. (Updated 6 May 2018. AAA02153; AAA02943-44).

> Company: Charles Parker Company (bathroom cabinets and accessories).


1950s

Eliel Saarinen Memorial Exhibition at Museum of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (15 April - 6 May 1951); Smith College, Museum of Art, Northampton, MA (2-21 November 1951); J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY (9 December 1951- 9 January 1952); University of Kansas, School of Architecture (22 January - 15 February 1952); Des Moines Art Center (1 August - 15 September 1952); Toledo Museum of Art (2-30 November 1952). [Exhibition catalogue: University of Kansas, Art & Architecture Library, call no. N7255.F53 S22 1951. See worldcat.org for other locations.] Companies: Eliel Saarinen for Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / International Silver Company. Viewed 26 October 2016. [AAA00102-03; AAA00106-07; AAA00113; A01151; A01191-93; AAA00153; AAA00204-06; AAA00235-36]

Living today: An exhibition of contemporary architecture, furniture, interior decoration at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (19 April - 22 June 1958). Companies: International Silver Company. Viewed 27 August 2016. [A01153-54]

20th century design from the museum collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (18 December 1958 - 17 February 1959). Companies: Manning Bowman. Viewed 29 September 2016. [AAA00246-47]


3 May - 14 June 1959; 8 July - 16 August 1959; 14 September - 25 October 1959; 23 November 1959 - 3 January 1960; 1 February - 13 March 1960; 4 April - 15 May 1960; 6 June - 31 July 1960; 12 September - 23 October 1960. 20th Century Design: U.S.A. at Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Cleveland Museum of Art; City Art Museum of St. Louis; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; San Francisco Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; Portland Art Museum; Dayton Art Institute, OH. (Updated 24 January 2018. AAA00852; A01156; A02774.)

> Companies include - International Silver Company: baby cup design (1956) by Alfred Kintz, Continental flatware (1934) by Frederick W. Stark; Wallace: barbecue dish (1958) designed by Oscar W. Martha.


1960s

Designed for silver: An exhibition of twenty-two award-winning designs from the International Design Competition for Sterling Silver Flatware at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York (1960, specific dates unknown). Companies: International Silver Company, main sponsor. Viewed 27 August 2016. [A01157]

The New England silversmith: An exhibition of New England silver from the mid-seventeenth century to the present at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (1965, specific dates unknown). Companies: International Silver Company. Viewed 27 August 2016. [A01155]

"Moon Room" installation, Pavilion of American Interiors, New York World’s Fair (22 April - 18 October 1964; 21 April - 17 October 1965). Companies: International Silver Company. Viewed 26 August 2016. [A01149-50]

Good design for Christmas at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT (23 November 1964 - 3 January 1965). Companies: International Silver Company. Viewed 26 August 2016. [A01152]


1970s

19th century America: Furniture and other decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (16 April - 7 September 1970). See exhibition catalogue. Includes furniture from Jedediah Wilcox’s mansion at 816 Broad Street, Meriden. See entries no. 176, 177, 179. (Viewed 3 July 2016. A00603; A00664; A00754; A00943.)

...Small packages: An invitational sculpture competition sponsored by the International Silver Company at the Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs (30 October - 19 December 1971). Companies: International Silver Company as sponsor. (Viewed 30 November 2016. A01290-91.)

Art Nouveau at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (22 November - 26 December 1971). Companies: R. Wallace & Sons; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Watrous Manufacturing. (Viewed 13 April 2017. A02200-01; AAA00590.)

Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA
(c. September 1973) Companies: Charles Parker Company, International Silver Company. Viewed 23 October 2016. [AAA00375-77]

Forms in metal: 275 years of metalsmithing in America at the Finch College Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York (17 January - 2 March 1975) and Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (16 March - 20 April 1975). Companies: Ashbil Griswold; Barbour Silver Co.; Boardman; Derby Silver Company; Meriden Britannia; Samuel Simpson; E. G. Webster & Son; International Silver Company / Wilcox Silver Plate Co.; Wallace Silversmiths. Courtesy American Craft Council, Minneapolis, MN. Viewed 16 October 2016. [AAA00361]


1980s

Silver in American Life: Selections from the Mabel Brady Garvan and other collections at Yale University. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Milwaukee Art Center; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; St. Louis Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art; Denver Art Museum; Tampa Museum of Art; The Detroit Institute of Arts; Winnipeg Art Gallery; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. (1979-83, specific dates unknown.) Companies: International Silver Company; Simpson, Hall, Miller and Company. [A00137-38; A00264]


10 November 1983 - 5 February 1984. At Home in Manhattan: Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. (Updated 2 April 2018. A00141; AAA01717.)

> Exhibited design: Manning, Bowman & Co. (1929-31). Shelf clock, model no. K905.


Design in America: The Cranbrook vision, 1925-50 at Detroit Institute of Arts (14 December 1983 - 19 February 1984); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (18 April - 17 June 1984); Suomen Rakennustaiteen Museo / Suomen Taideteollisuusyhdistys, Helsinki (1 August - 19 September 1984); Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (24 October 1984 - 21 January 1985); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1 April - 30 June 1985). Companies: Eliel Saarinen for International Silver Company / Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (Viewed 25 August 2016. AAA00099-101.)

A América na Ajuda: peças americanas no Palácio Nacional da Ajuda (American pieces in the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda). Palácio Nacional da Ajudo, Lisbon, Portugal, May 1985. [Exhibition catalogue: (1985). A América na Ajuda: peças americanas no Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, maio 1985. Lisbon, Portugal, 34 pp.] Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, call no. NK7112 .P353 1985. Companies: Meriden Britannia Company. [AAA00036]

“The National Palace of Ajuda is honoured by the visit of President and Mrs. Reagan and welcomes them and the members of their official party to the display of American pieces in the collections of the Ajuda Palace, which was organized for this occasion.” (page 6, exhibition catalogue). [AAA00036]

In pursuit of beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (23 October 1986 - 11 January 1987). Companies: Bradley & Hubbard / Meriden Flint Glass Company; Derby Silver Company; Meriden Britannia. See book published in conjunction with exhibition, (pp. 275-77). (Viewed 3 July 2016. A00721; A00977.)

8 April - 28 August 1988. 1888: Frederick Layton and his world at the Milwaukee Art Museum. (Viewed 8 May 2018. G02088-90.)

> Exhibited design: Wilcox Silver Plate Co. (c, 1885). Tilting ice water set. Lender: Rock County Historical Society, Janesville, Wisconsin.

Harold Hugo (1910-1985): Museum patron at the William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (20 March – 21 May 1989). Company connection: Meriden Gravure. [A01113]


1990s

Sumptuous Surrounds: Silver Overlay on Ceramic and Glass, The Collection of Warren Gilson at the Milwaukee Art Museum (16 February - 27 May 1990); Newark Museum, NJ (dates unknown). Companies: La Pierre Mfg. Co.; Rockwell Silver Company. [With 66 pp. exhibition catalogue]. (Updated 22 January 2017. A01367; A01486; AAA00550.)

Back in style: Selections from the McFaddin-Ward House Reserve Collection at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont (5 February 1994 - 13 March 1995). (Link to exhibition catalogue above). Companies: Meriden Britannia; Middletown Plate Co.; R. Wallace & Sons; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (see pages 24, 68, 80). Viewed 15 February 2017. [AAA00570-76]

Silver in America, 1840-1940: A century of splendor at the Dallas Museum of Art (6 November 1994 - 29 January 1995). (With book / exhibition catalogue.) Companies: Charles Parker Company; Derby Silver Company; International Silver Company; Meriden Brittania; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co. Viewed 21 August 2016. [AAA00075]

Slivers of light: Rich cut oil lamps at the Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ (25 January - 4 May 1997). Companies: J. D. Bergen Co.; Bradley & Hubbard; Edward Miller & Co. [A00757-58]

Recent acquisitions of Twentieth-Century Design and Architecture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (29 June - 14 November 1999). (No catalogue). Companies: Wilcox Silver Plate Co. [A00455]


2000s

Masterpieces of American furniture from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute. Curated by Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Utica, New York; Cincinnati Art Museum. (2 May - 31 October 1999; 18 February - 28 May 2000). Companies: Bradley & Hubbard. [A00959-61]

American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a new age at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (16 May 16 2000 - 7 January 2001); Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (25 May - 19 August 2001); Flint Institute of Arts, MI (14 September 14 - 16 December 2001); Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (11 January - 7 April 2002); Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC (3 May - 28 July 2002); Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK (23 August - 17 November 2002). Companies: Charter Company; International Silver Co.; Wilcox Silver Plate Co. [A00145; A01859; A02736]

American & French decorative arts 1930s at the Saint Louis Art Museum (14 May 2004 - 20 June 2005). Companies: Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / International Silver Company. [A01060; A01087].

Classic Modern: Art Deco Silver from the Collection of John P. Axelrod at Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. (Spring - Summer 2005). Curated by John Stuart Gordon. Companies: International Silver Company; Wilcox Silver Plate Co. Viewed 9 July 2016. [A01044]

Alice Ballantine’s Victorian Wedding, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ (3 March - 1 October 2005). Companies: Meriden Britannia; Meriden Silver Plate Company. Viewed 13 November 2016. [AAA00426]

A Curator’s Eye: J. Stewart Johnson, 1990–2004 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1 March - 6 November 2005). (No catalogue.) Companies: Wilcox Silver Plate Co. [A00456-57].

Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Dallas Museum of Art (originating institution; see photos of the exhibition); The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, FL; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN (2005-07). [A00140]

Companies include: International Silver Company (Barbour Silver Co. / Barbour Sterling Fine Arts; Charter Company; International Sterling Craft Associates; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; 1847 Rogers Brothers; William Rogers Mfg. Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.; Wilcox & Evertsen Fine Arts; Wilcox Silver Plate Co.); Napier Company; Rockwell Silver Company (incl. Pairpoint Manufacturing Company, a division of Rockwell Silver Co.); R. Wallace & Sons.

A Brass Menagerie: Metalwork of the Aesthetic Movement. Curated by Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Utica, New York; Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York, NY (2 October 2005 - 19 March 2006; 12 July - 14 October 2007). Companies: Bradley & Hubbard; Meriden Britannia; Meriden Bronze; Charles Parker Co. [A00008/9]

Baubles, bangles, and beads: American jewelry from Yale University, 1700-2005 at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (7 February - 23 July 2006). Companies: International Silver Company. [A00142-43]

Feeding desire: Design and the tools of the table, 1500-2005 at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York (5 May - 29 October 2006); and COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, Napa, California (26 January - 30 April 2007). (exhibition catalogue.) Companies: International Silver Co.; 1847 Rogers Bros. / Meriden Britannia Co. Viewed 12 April 2017. [A02153]

Chicago: Crossroads of America (permanent exhibition) at Chicago History Museum (30 September 2006 -). Companies: International Silver Company for Illinois Central Railroad. [A01040-41]

Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (30 May – 5 October 2008). (No catalogue.) Companies: Wilcox Silver Plate Co. [A00458-59]

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: American art from the Yale University Art Gallery. The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; Seattle Art Museum; Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (7 September 2008 - 18 January 2009; 26 February 2009 - 24 May 2009; 4 October 2009 - 10 January 2010; 29 July 2011 - 8 July 2012). Companies: Meriden Britannia. [A00128]


2010s

Bradley and Hubbard: Masters of Metal Work. Smithsonian Castle, Washington, DC. (5 November 2010 - mid-May 2012). Companies: Bradley & Hubbard. [A00007]

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: American Glass from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties at Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY (19 May - 31 December 2011). Companies: Pairpoint, a division of Rockwell Silver Co. [A00194]

19th-Century Modern. Brooklyn Museum, New York. Companies: Bradley & Hubbard; Napier Company. (2 September 2011 - 1 April 2012). [A00006]

Cocktail culture. Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL. (15 December 2011 - 15 April 2012). Companies: International Silver Company. Viewed 13 November 2016. [AAA00426-29]

Stories in sterling: Four centuries of silver in New York at the New York Historical Society, New York (4 May - 23 September 2012) and the Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL (28 January - 20 April 2014). (exhibition catalogue.) Companies: Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. Viewed 13 April 2017. [A02202-04]

19th-Century Modern at Brooklyn Museum, New York (5 July 2013 - 6 December 2015). Companies: Bradley & Hubbard; Napier.

City of silver and gold: from Tiffany to Cartier at the Newark Museum, NJ (8 January 2014- ongoing). Companies: La Pierre Manufacturing Company. [AAA00556-02]

Cranbrook goes to the movies: Films and their objects, 1925–1975 at Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI (21 June 2014 - 22 March 2015). Companies: Eliel Saarinen for Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / International Silver Company. Viewed 26 August 2016. [A01152]

Egyptian Revival: An everlasting allure at SFO Museum, San Francisco (15 January - 5 July 2015). Companies: Rogers, Smith & Co. [A00116]

St. Louis Modern at the St. Louis Art Museum (8 November 2015 - 31 January 2016). (catalogue.) Companies: Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / International Silver Company. [AAA00035; A01064-65]

Shaken, stirred, styled: The art of the cocktail at Dallas Museum of Art (18 November 2016 - 12 November 2017). Companies: Charter Company; Derby Silver Company; International Silver Company; Napier Company; R. Wallace & Sons; Wilcox & Evertsen Fine Arts. [AAA000155-56; AAA00542-43]

JapanAmerica: Points of contact, 1876-1970 at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (27 August - 18 December 2016) and Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (12 February - 21 May 2017). Companies: Charles Parker Company; Meriden Britannia; Meriden Silver Plate Co. [With exhibition catalogue]. Updated 22 January 2017. [A01431-33; AAA00551-55]

Style and status in sterling: American silver at the Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey (May 2017 - ongoing). Companies: International Silver Company, Wallace Silversmiths, Wilcox Silver Plate Co. [Viewed 5 July 2017. A02764-65]

The jazz age: American style in the 1920s at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York (7 April - 20 August 2017); and Cleveland Museum of Art (30 September 2017 - 14 January 2018). Companies: Meriden Silver Plate Co.; Napier Company; R. Wallace & Sons; Wilcox Silver Plate Co. / International Silver Company. (Exhibition catalogue). Viewed 8 April 2017. [A02036-41]



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