European 18th-Century Art

Danish Silver

From c. 1725 to 1775, Danish silver hollowware was decorated with fluting. While the earliest pieces were vertically fluted, fluting became spiral as the Rococo gained group. Silver hollowware was further decorated with the style’s typical ornaments.

In the course of the 1770s, a new classicizing trend already began to dominate Danish silver. Motifs such as garlands, columns, and urns ornamented silverware, and its forms were characterized by great simplicity.

Danish silversmiths in the 18th century had a large range of new forms to work with. Tea, coffee, and chocolate had become fashionable, and in addition to creating pots for these beverages, silversmiths also made new types of objects, such as tea caddies, sugar bowls, and sugar tongs.