"...the splendor of royal dining during the ancien régime"
Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered is on view now through November 11, 2010. The exhibition features an amazing dining service on display in the Wrightsman Galleries. Why is this service so wonderful? It was made for the Duke Albert Casimir of Sachsen–Teschen and his wife Marie Christine, Marie Antoinette's older sister! The service was used at their banquets, and you can just imagine the table which it occupied...
Würth was very talented, as you can see from this detail of the wine coolers,which serve as a focal point of the set. The design is neoclassical, the details cast shadows and the metal reflects light. The effect creates a wide range of contrast, making the scene pop out to the viewer. You will be pretty amazed at the detail and time that went into creating these pieces.
If you cannot make it to the show before December, you can get a copy of the exhibition catalog here: Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered (Metropolitan Museum of Art). The catalog and exhibition look at the dining service and others of that time period and consider the broader idea of dining room etiquette and ceremony.