Hague silver in the collection of Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands

Over the centuries The Hague was a city with a special status within the North Holland. The city was the seat of monarchical authority and a center of diplomatic life. In the city, they lived famous noble families and diplomats from foreign missions, the representatives of local and state authorities. Then they flourished the handicrafts and commerce, jewelry and goldsmith make, and this has left its mark on the unique beautiful objects intended for the everyday life and household. Although before two-three centuries The Hague was not a big city, there have lived many wealthy residents who wanted to have plenty of silver and gold vessels.

The rich and varied collection of Den Haag's Gemeentemuseum contain superb examples of various objects of Hague silver. This wealth is illustrated by lavish household silverware sets. Fine examples are the toiletries sets, basins, jugs and coolers for wine, cups, trays and tableware for fruit and sugar, plates and  cutlery, candlesticks, and many others. The international character of the city means that the latest fashion trends in design in the most famous in Europe and the world goldsmith workshops were quickly adopted in The Hague and influenced the style and ornamentation of the silver articles. The foreign silver inspire and foster the development and the insignia of the local style. Compared to other centers of goldsmith craftsmanship, the design of the Hague silver is rather restrained, especially during the late 17th and 18th centuries. The stylistic features, mixed with foreign influences from this period have determined the distinguishing characteristics of Hague silver style. The Gemeentemuseum possesses the largest and most important collection of Hague silver. Hague silver gained popularity, continuing to the present day.

These magnificent silver and other antiques of great historical and artistic value in the collection of the museum were often owned by the Dutch crown and are donations of royal origin or from private collections.

Address: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV Den Haag/Scheveningen, Nederland

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http://www.gemeentemuseum.nl/en

http://denhaag.com/nl/locatie/7215/gemeentemuseum-den-haag