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This superbly illustrated book accompanies an exhibition of thirty objects from the exceptional collection of English silver in the Moscow Kremlin Museums, where the world’s greatest surviving group of English sixteenth- and seventeenth-century silver is housed. Much of the silver from this period was melted down during the English Civil War, making the pieces at the Kremlin exceedingly rare and historically important.
The silver items—a large water pot with snake-shaped handle and spout, a flat drinking cup, a magnificent flagon shaped like a leopard, and more—exemplify the developing ties between England and Russia. Some pieces were brought to Russia as diplomatic gifts, some were presented by English trading agents, while others were purchased for the Tsar’s Treasury. Setting these silver treasures in fuller context, the catalogue also features precious objects made by Russian craftsmen, a group of English firearms from the Kremlin collection, and portraits, engravings, books, and maps that illuminate the important diplomatic and commercial exchanges that were taking place between the two countries.
In addition to essays by Kremlin curators Natalya Abramova, Elena Yablonskaya, and Irina Zagarodnaya, the catalogue will include writings by Paul Bushkovitch, Olga Dmitrieva, Philippa Glanville, Maija Jansson, and Edward Kasinec.
|'The golden chain of traffic' : the first hundred years of Anglo-Russian relations||12|
|English silver of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the Kremlin||36|
|The goldsmiths and the court : silver in London 1600-65||46|
|The embassy of Charles Howard, Earl of Carlisle||116|
|English silver brought by the Earl of Carlisle||118|
|French silver brought by the Earl of Carlisle||128|
|Seventeenth-century English firearms in the Kremlin||134|
|Russian guns based on English designs||168|
|English diplomats at the court of the tsars||176|
|An English 'charyott' for Tsar Boris Godunov||196|
|Russian ambassadors in England : eyewitness accounts||207|
|Letters from English monarchs to Russian tsars||208|
|The Moscow Kremlin and its history||218|
|Russian ecclesiastical silver||228|
|Russian secular silver||248|
|The imagery of early Anglo-Russian relations||260|
|English writings on Russia||266|
|List of English silver of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the armoury||285|