Marie Antoinette wasn't the only Hapsburg gal with a taste for the good life. Her sister Mimi—more formally Archduchess Maria Christina, Duchess of Saxe-Teschen—set her table with one of the finest silver services ever made, a haul that included more than 350 glittering pieces in the Viennese neoclassical style, among them a round soup tureen supported on the backs of scaly dolphins (left). Dispersed for generations, this circa-1780 service has been partially reassembled—at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art—for a once-in-a-century tribute to the splendor of royal dining.
"Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered," the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, April 13–November 7;
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