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Full of Wonders: the Clark Institute

By Onna Carr

In a small town in Massachusetts is a building full of wonders, one of which Marie Antoinette's sister-in-law's silver tea service.

The Clark Institute houses many rarities, but standing in their silver collection rooms is truly a must for any BBC Drama, Victorian-novel-reading, tea-drinking Anglophile.

Standing in a room full of sterling silver teapots and services from the early 1700's on is truly awesome. Some of the teapots incorporate wooden handles (to keep those serving from burning their hands). All are truly works of art and beautiful.

The collection was gathered by the Singer family, of Singer Sewing Machine fame, and includes not only silver sets, but original works of art by Blake, Cassatt, Degas, and many, many more as well as many pieces of furniture including the most elaborately decorated piano in the world and a Baroque dresser that truly, is just gorgeous with elaborate gilding.

In a small town in Massachusetts is a building full of wonders, and it is called the Clark.

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