Norway’s Silver Heritage
Author: Jorunn Fossberg and Widar Halén
Title: Norway’s Silver Heritage
Published by: Orfeus publishing house and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Norway).
Year of publicaton: 1997
Illustrations: Richly illustrated in colour
The publishers about the book:
Nearly everyone has a piece of inherited silver tucked away somewhere! In Norway there is more silver preserved per person than in any other country in Europe, and our country leads in the turnover of silver cutlery. This interest in silver is not surprising, Norwegian goldsmiths are rightly known for their magnificent silver and enamel work and in quality it competes favourably, both past and present, with the best in European goldsmith art.
In a unique way NORWAY’S SILVER HERITAGE illustrates the art of the goldsmith and its development through style epochs from the Middle Ages to today. In this book our aim is to bring to the fore highlights in the art of Norwegian goldsmiths throughout 1000 years – from the first Christian crosses and medieval drinking horns to bridal crowns and silver accessories for traditional regional costumes – from Art Nouveau’s luxury enamels and the history of silver to today’s art jewellery. The superb silver pieces illustrated in the book are a joy to behold and a stimulus for those seeking greater knowledge!