News and Events



Exhibitions

 

Until 24 February 2019
Made for the Table

Contemporary silver from the Goldsmiths’ Company silver collection.
Featuring over 70 pieces of contemporary silver, the exhibition travels to the following venues: Holburne Museum, Bath 13 April -1 July; 
Goldsmiths’ Centre, London 12 July - 31 August; Osterley Park, London 5 November - 24 February 2019.

 



Events


Tuesday 15 January 2019
Sale of Silver Reference Library
Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne are delighted to be selling a Silver Reference Library on January 15 2019. This library has been put together by a gentleman who has had a great passion for the subject for the last 60 years. Available in 223 lots, the library will be sold at 10am as part of the Fine Art Silver Sale catalogue. Viewing commences on Friday 11 January at 9am. Further details can be obtained from Alex Butcher on 01460 73041, Click to Email or Visit Website


Friday 11th January 9pm
The House of Arts and Crafts - BBC2
We have been alerted to a new four-part BBC series. This BBC2 series will ‘transport six modern-day craftspeople back in time to live and experience first hand the ideas and practices of Arts and Crafts visionaries’. Silver Society member and owner of the Peartree Collection, Anthony Bernbaum has assisted with the series. Scheduling details are not available but the series may feature a silversmith making an iconic Ashbee loop handled dish.




Overseas Events




New books

 

Bradbury’s Book of Hallmarks (ed.) Sheffield Assay Office. ISBN 9781872212098. 36th Edition.

£25.00 for the special edition and £15.00 for the standard edition (plus £3.00 postage and packing per book). Discounts are available on orders over 100 copies. A donation from the sale of each book will go to Mary Parsons Charity for retired silversmiths.

This new edition marks the 245th anniversary of the Sheffield Assay Office. This unique little pocket-sized reference book is of great value, providing you with the marks of origin on English, Scottish and Irish silver, gold, platinum and palladium, and on foreign imported silver and gold plate. There are updates on the amendments to the Hallmarking Act 1973. It also includes details of further marks that appear on precious metals until 2023.

To obtain a copy, please ring 01142 318152, Click to Email, or write to the Editor and Publisher, Sheffield Assay Office, Guardians’ Hall, Beulah Road, Hillsborough, S6 2AN.

 

Stuart Devlin: Designer Goldsmith Silversmith, edited by Carole Devlin and Victoria Kate Simkin, ISBN 9781851498727, Hardback Publisher ACC Art Books, Pages: 528, £75.00

Stuart Devlin was a pioneer goldsmith who rejected the anonymity of corporate design during the 1960s.

He adapted old techniques and devised many new ones. His commissions include those for the Royal Households, cathedrals, the armed forces, sport and universities, as well as abundant private commissions. He is also a coin and medal designer. Australian born, recognition came to Devlin after designing the Australian decimal coinage in 1963. He has since designed coins for more than 30 countries. Also shown are numerous sketches and working drawings and many collectors will recognise pieces that they originally commissioned or have bought. Although it
 has been impossible to encompass everything ever designed
 or produced by Devlin, the book highlights how remarkable it
is that this wealth of ideas was conceived by just one man.

 

“Laurent Amiot. Canadian Master Silversmith” by René Villeneuve in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the making of silver objects was a major creative practice. Among the silversmiths working during the period Laurent Amiot is notable for his reputation in the field and the scale of his production.

 This book accompanies the exhibition that starts in May.
http://www.figure1publishing.com/book/laurent-amiot/


“Artists spoons & related table cutlery, A British History of Arts & Crafts Flatware” by Simon Moore
This long awaited opus is now available. It includes newly researched information and beautiful illustrations. The book portrays the not so humble spoon and how it was affected by this amazing era of new taste, artistry and elegance.
Available from www.fastprint.net/bookshop at £60 (£50 to Silver Society members)


“Silver for Entertaining: the Ickworth Collection” by James Rothwell
One of the most important collections of eighteenth-century silver in Europe is to be found at Ickworth House in Suffolk. James Rothwell, the National Trust's adviser on silver, has undertaken a comprehensive study of the collection and the results are published this lavishly illustrated book. For full details and to order please go to www.ibtauris.com 


“English Silver before the Civil War – The David Little Collection” by Dr Timothy Schroder
“A fascinating new book that uses one man’s collection to examine the social history of domestic silver from the Tudor and Early Stuart eras” Roland Arkell, Antiques Trade Gazette
For full details and to order please go to www.johnadamsonbooks.com 


David Constable’s new book “Silver Spoons of Britain 1200 – 1710" was launched in September 2016
It is the history of the silver spoons of England, Scotland and Ireland chronologically by type from 1200 to 1710. There are approximately 2,260 images and 145,000 words, creating a complete reference of early spoons and their makers. Please visit David’s website to order it: www.silverspoonsofgreatbritain.com There is also a special deal on his first book “The Benson Collection of Early English Spoons”.


“Silver in Georgian Dublin: Making, Selling, Consuming” by Dr Alison Fitzgerald
Published by Routledge and costs £95 from Hodges Figgis in Dublin or on Amazon.com
 



Silversmithing Prize


The Silver Society “Best Young Silversmith” award 2017 at “Inspired”
Many congratulations to the 2017 prizewinner, Patrick Davison for his seven sided silver chalice and his two boxes of mixed metal. Arthur Drysdale and Jeffrey Lassaline were the judges. Please follow this link for photographs and an article by Arthur.



Silver Menu Holders

A comprehensive article on Silver Menu Holders by Professor Salter



Symposium




Press Release




Books

House of Barnard   by John P. Fallon

Boudoir Labels 1753-1965   by John Salter

Bertrand’s Toyshop in Bath: Luxury Retailing 1685-1765 by Vanessa Brett

Art in Industry – the silver of Paul Storr by Christopher Hartop

Designer British Silver – from studios established 1930 – 1985 by John Andrew & Derek Styles