Photographing silver and other shiny objects

Photographing silver objects requires patience and expertise. A shiny surface works like a mirror, reflecting the entire space around it. All these reflections must somehow be controlled. We experience silver as light in colour, so in turn the object should reflect primarily light-coloured surroundings.

Below are photographs of silver objects from the collection of Castle Duivenvoorde in the South of the Netherlands. First, a salt and pepper pot with spoons for sprinkling (London 1777), then two tea boxes made of tortoise shell with chinoiseries designs in silver inlay (Zwolle, early 18th century), followed by two andirons (Andrew Moore, London 1694-1697), and lastly an ice bowl (designed by Rutgerus Memeling, The Hague, 1772).