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This silver service, called 'Paris', was designed by Gustav Beran (1912-2006) who worked for the silver manufacturing company Gerritsen & Van Kempen. It was awarded a Diplôme d’Honneur at the 1937 Exposition des Arts et des Techniques in Paris. The service clearly reveals the influence of the Viennese architect Josef Hoffmann, who taught Beran at the Kunstgewerbeschule. Both the award certificate and design drawing are in the archive of N.V. Koninklijke Van Kempen & Begeer (and its legal predecessors)

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Beran’s award-winning service belongs to the ‘Silver Top 100’, a selection of the best pieces from the collection of the Dutch Silver Museum Schoonhoven. Over the next two years the RKD will be collaborating with the museum to explore the content of silver archives and carry out in-depth research. The project will revolve around the ‘Silver Top 100’ which will be made available electronically in the RKDImages database; the online entries will include links to manufacturers and designers in RKDArtists& as well as relevant archival documents (labelled with object and subject related tags) in RKDArchives.

Type ‘Zilver Top 100’ into the search box of RKD Explore to see the result so far!

The RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History) is the world’s leading information centre and central source for the study of Dutch art.

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