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.

 

Until 9 July 2018
How to build a Goldsmith, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London

Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm, Free Admission. Many years are spent in training and practice to develop as an adept and successful craftsperson. This exhibition explores how goldsmiths acquire, hone and perfect their craft, and asks what qualities define an exceptional goldsmith. Evidenced through works from the Crafts Council Collection, it traces the personal growth, specialised knowledge and technical skills of renowned craftspeople, including Michael Rowe, Hans Stofer and Laura Potter. follow this link

 

Until 22 July 2018
The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery exhibition,
Waddesdon Manor, Wednesday – Sunday 12 noon – 4pm,

Normal house and grounds admission applies, Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Aylesbury HP18 0JH follow this link

 

Until 25 July 2018
Grant Macdonald International Silversmith, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London.

The Goldsmiths’ Company is proud to present an exhibition celebrating five decades of elegant modern design and excellent craftmanship fuelled by the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of silversmith Grant Macdonald. This exhibition will tell the story of exceptional British craftsmanship and innovative design. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Free Admission,

 

25 – 30 September & 2 – 7 October 2018
Goldsmiths’ Fair, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London

The Goldsmiths’ Fair is recognised internationally as the premier
 UK showcase for contemporary jewellery and silver. A celebration of the best established and emerging British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent – a hub of creativity, design innovation and outstanding craftsmanship. 43 silversmiths and 95 jewellers will show their work at Goldsmiths’ Hall over two weeks. Admission fees apply. follow this link

 

Until early October 2018
Precious Little Gems: Millenium Gallery, Sheffield

A display of new silver commissions from the Sheffield Assay Office, by Josephine Gomersal and Giles Kozdon, two of the current participants in the Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers, based 
at Yorkshire Artspace, Persistence Works, Sheffield.


19-21 October 2018
Elements: A Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold, Edinburgh

This is an annual celebration of the UK’s most significant designer jewellers and silversmiths. Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh and will bring the finest UK-based designer-makers together for a selling fair, an exhibition, and a series of events. For more information visit the Elements website at follow this link

 



Events

 

17 July 2018 6pm – 8.30 pm
Made for the Table, Goldsmiths’ Centre, London

Georgia Powell, Curator of Made
 for the Table, leads a lively discussion on the evolution of silverware made for the table with award-winning silversmiths Adi Toch and Rebecca de Quin. follow this link




Overseas Events


11 May – 23 September
Laurent Amiot, Canadian Master Silversmith
National Museum of Canada, Ottawa

This first retrospective devoted to Laurent Amiot brings together a hundred key works, as well as a selection of his drawings. For more details please go to www.gallery.ca/whats-on/exhibitions-and-galleries




New books

 

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