Edward Munves Jr.'s silverware

Credits: Courtesy of James Robinson, Inc.

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"My wife and I have drawings from the 16th century to the 20th century. I don't know who all the artists are, because I would rather buy a gorgeous unsigned piece than a third-rate work from a top name. We also have objects on tables—Chinese porcelain, Japanese metalwork—and when I look at them, I get a sense of satisfaction. Another thing that gives us pleasure is our Fletcher Robinson sterling silver, which is hand-hammered out of a bar of silver. It feels good to hold, but it isn't precious—after the meal, we throw it in the dishwasher."

— Edward Munves Jr., chairman of New York City fine antiques store James Robinson