Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • This silver dressing table and stool are part of a line of wares named Martelé, the French word for "hammered." Why do you think that word was chosen to describe this line of silver pieces?

  • The table and stool are made of solid silver. Pieces like this were often made of wood covered with sheets of silver at this time. Why would someone choose the silver covered wood version instead of the solid silver version?

  • The Martelé Dressing Table and Stool are decorated with images that symbolize morning and evening. Why would those themes be a good fit for a dressing table?
  • There are flowers, foliage, figures, and animals depicted in this set. What motifs do you see that fit into those categories?