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Silver Objects Top 100

Archives of silver manufacturers and silversmiths

From 2009, the RKD's Archives collection has been significantly enriched with an exceptional core of ten archives of silver manufacturers and silversmiths: N.V. Koninklijke Van Kempen & Begeer, Van Kempen Stichting, Christa Ehrlich, As Bonebakker & Zoon, Wed. H. Helweg & Zoon, Frans Zwollo senior, Frans Zwollo junior, Paul Zwollo, An Zwollo, and Stichting Zilver in Beweging. The unique archival material, including thousands of design and presentation drawings and photographs, is concentrated on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This collection of silver archives aims to provide the most complete possible overview of Dutch silversmith's work for researchers, museums, publicists, and other interested parties.


Project objective

In view of the volume (> 100 metres), remarkable character, and importance of these silver archives, after making the inventories (2009-2016) digitally available, it was decided to execute a deepening phase as well as initiate a research phase. For this, collaboration was sought with the Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven, which boasts an extensive extensive collection of silver objects by Van Kempen & Begeer. The project's point of departure is a selection of the museum's ‘Top 100’ objects, which are linked to several research themes that dovetail  with the museum's target groups.


In-depth disclosure

In-depth disclosure will be achieved by assigning search terms ('tags') to the digitized archival documents: the 'Top 100' objects will be linked to design and presentation drawings, contemporary photographs, and catalogues. Cross-connections between the silver archives will be made in the RKDArchives database, as well as connections between artists or designers in the RKDArtists& database.


Digital publication

In addition, a public-oriented, digital publication is now available in RKD Studies. Narrative texts about the Top 100 objects – for instance on style and technique, use, designer and/or manufacturer, and the nature of the commission – will be supported by representative archival material. It is possible to consult this flexible digital publication via RKD Studies. Moreover, the Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven employs it for educational purposes.

Silver Objects Top 100

Johannes Mattheus van Kempen (III)
Asparagus tongs , 1854
Schoonhoven, Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven, inv./cat.nr. 13634
Carel Joseph Anton Begeer and Koninklijke Utrechtsche Fabriek van Juweelen Zilverwerken en Penningen van C.J. Begeer N.V.
Prize cup , 1917
Schoonhoven, Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven, inv./cat.nr. 13709 (a=b)
Jean Louis Bernhardi and Koninklijke Nederlandsche Fabriek van Gouden en Zilveren Werken J.M. van Kempen & Zonen
Coffee and tea service on tray, model 'Greek' , ca. 1858-1919
Schoonhoven, Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven, inv./cat.nr. 13595.01=08; 01 = tray, 02 = teapot, 03 = coffeepot, 04 = milk jug, 05 = tea caddy, 06 = sugar bowl, 07 = kettle, 08 = stand with burner
Emmy Roth Koninklijke Nederlandsche Edelmetaal Bedrijven Van Kempen Begeer & Vos N.V.
Tureen , ca. 1938
Schoonhoven, Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven, inv./cat.nr. 13644
Christa Ehrlich Koninklijke Nederlandsche Edelmetaal Bedrijven Van Kempen Begeer & Vos N.V.
Jardiniere, model CE 79 , 1928-1940
Schoonhoven, Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven, inv./cat.nr. 13646 (a=b)
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