Last week I promised to show you the dining room I have been working on for several months. It is a dining room designed in collaboration with A.Aardewerk Antiquair Juwelier after an eighteenth-century example, to display part of their collection of 18th century silver miniatures. The roombox was on display at the TEFAF Maastricht art and antiques fair last month.
Apart from the beautiful antique silver miniatures, the roombox (including the fireplace, the mirror and the table) was entirely made by me.
"The table is laid for six, with a rare, complete set of cutlery consisting of six forks, six knives and six spoons. Between the candlesticks in the centre of the table is an equally rare oil and vinegar cruet set and a pair of sauce boats." (text by A.Aardewerk Antiquairs Juweliers)
"The pièce de résistance is the wall fountain in the alcove, which can be closed off with two sliding doors. An actual fountain of this kind would have been filled with wine. Costly engraved glasses were displayed on the console tables around the fountain. During the meal, diners could take a glass and fill it with wine before resuming their place at the table. The set of six dining chairs around the table is exceptional. There is a silver fire back and a hearth plate in the fireplace."
(text by A.Aardewerk Antiquairs Juweliers)
You all probably know by now I love silver and I felt so very privileged to see these exquisite antiques in this room. No, they're not mine, but that's all right. I am happy with these photos as well.
Next week I will tell you a little bit about how I have made the room. Until then, Happy Easter!
All photos © Emiel Aardewerk