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Silver and Metalwork of the Twentieth Century from the Margo Grant Walsh Collection

Timothy A. O'Brien with Margo Grant Walsh; Introduction by Cindi Strauss; Foreword by Peter C. Marzio

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Margo Grant Walsh is a prominent interior architect with an impeccable eye for collecting silver. The recipient of prestigious awards in her industry, she has devoted her career to designing interiors for major corporations, while amassing a remarkable collection of more than 800 exquisitely designed and beautifully crafted pieces of silver, from jewelry to tea services. This book is the first to document her unparalleled collection.


Comprising works from seventeen countries, the collection features examples by internationally acclaimed artists and workshops, such as C. R. Ashbee, Christopher Dresser, Georg Jensen, the Kalo Shop, Omar Ramsden, William Spratling, and Tiffany & Company. Architect-designed silver is a recurring theme of the collection, which includes a tea service by the Japanese architectural team of Kazuo Sejima and Ryue Nishiwaza.

Distributed for The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Exhibition Schedule:

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (March 15 – August 3, 2008)

TIMOTHY A. O'BRIEN is a writer at the San Francisco Airport Museums. MARGO GRANT WALSH, former Vice Chairman of Gensler, resides in New York City and Portland, Oregon. PETER C. MARZIO is director of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (March 15 – August 3, 2008)

"For the sheer beauty and variety of the objects, this collection and this book are superb. . . . The catalogue offers a grand slam of visual impact and nice concise essays. This is a celebration of variety and diversity. Form, metal, technique, design, period, and movement are all played with different results in a wonderfully expansive collection. Thank you to Margo Grant Walsh for sharing her incredible collector's eye with us as an exhibit and now as an enduring book."—Silver Magazine
ISBN: 9780300138924
Publication Date: July 17, 2008
Publishing Partner: Distributed for The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
152 pages, 9 1/4 x 11 1/2
40 b/w + 126 color illus.
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