THE DARLING FOUNDATION OF NEW YORK STATE EARLY AMERICAN SILVERSMITHS AND SILVER
The Darling Foundation, formed by Herbert F. Darling (1904-1968) of Buffalo, has served as a New York State educational institution since 1958. Mr. Darling's interest in antique silver was sparked in 1945 with the purchase of a Georgian silver tea service, but he soon realized that there was "too much English around" and that collecting early American silver presented a more challenging and stimulating pursuit. With his focus on New York State silver, Mr. Darling made his greatest contribution to the field of study with the publication of New York State Silversmiths in 1964.
Kathryn C. Buhler, longtime curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, wrote the introduction to New York State Silversmiths, giving special praise to the then groundbreaking practice of illustrating photographs of maker's marks. The book has become indispensable to students and collectors of New York silver, remaining the essential reference book on the subject. While the Foundation's focus will change with the sale of Mr. Darling's silver collection, his years of research continue to contribute to the enrichment of those who share his interest.