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 13 May 2018
Charles II: Art & Power, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

The story of the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 after over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule.
 The court of Charles II became the centre for artistic patronage and for the collecting of great works of art to decorate the royal apartments, to glorify the restored monarchy and to reinforce 
the position of Charles II as the rightful king. Including silver-gilt used at the King’s coronation, Old Master paintings, tapestries and silver-covered furniture, the exhibition will present the glittering court of Charles II and show the role of the arts in the reestablishment of the Stuart monarchy. Admission charges apply visit follow this link

 



Events

 

The Silver Society has assisted The Art Fund in arranging an important and fascinating series of lectures at The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN. Tickets per event are £15. Please book on-line at artfund.org/London or call 0844 415 4151


Thursday 19 April, 2.30pm
William Beckford, Patron of Silversmiths,
 by Timothy Schroder
William Beckford of Fonthill Abbey was an obsessive collector of new silver, often made to his own designs. This lecture by Timothy Schroder, a trustee of both the Wallace Collection and the Silver Trust, shows that Beckford’s silver is as much
 a window into his personality as Fonthill Abbey itself.
 While the silver, however, survives, the abbey does not.

 

Thursday 10 May, 2.30-3.30pm
My Fifty Years in Silver, by Philippa Glanville
Fifty years ago Tudor archives lit a fuse for a green young curator. Acquiring silver and following its rich paper trail has driven research in London, Paris and across England. How do British museums and historic houses acquire silver and how are items export stopped or accepted in lieu of tax? Glanville is former chief curator of the metal, silver and jewellery department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has recently been an adviser to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.

 

Thursday 31 May, 2.30 pm
A Chain of Silver Collectors, by Charles Sebag-Montefiore


In this talk, trustee of the National Gallery Charles Sebag-Montefiore describes eight major items of silver, silver-gilt
 and gold from the Gilbert Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and speaks about their provenance, including the life histories of the families who previously owned them.

 

Thursday 7 June, 2.30 pm
In Conversation: Contemporary Collecting and Making, Adrian Sassoon and Junko Mori Gallery director and trustee of the Silver Trust.

Adrian Sassoon talks to Junko Mori, one of the UK’s leading silversmiths. Originally trained as a blacksmith in Japan, Mori distils observations of the natural world and works with the repetition of multiple silver units, creating pieces of great complexity. Her work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum and Temple Newsam, Leeds.

 

Thursday 14 June, 2.30 pm
Hochhauser Auditorium,
 Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
In Conversation: Fashioning Silver – Past and Present. Tessa Murdoch, Head of Metalwork at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Tessa introduces a selection of silver from the national collection, ranging from the medieval to the present day. She discusses its potential to inspire contemporary British silversmiths with Juliette Bigley and Miriam Hanid, whose work has recently been acquired by the museum, and Eric Turner, curator of 20th- century and contemporary metalwork.

 

14 May 2018
Precious Little Gems: Millenium Gallery, Sheffield

Precious Little Gems 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. Their new silver pieces commissioned by Sheffield Assay Office will go on display from April at the Millennium Gallery. They will give an illustrated talk, discussing what it’s like to be a silversmith in Sheffield today; their inspirations, training and design ideas and how they hope to develop their careers. Monday 14 May 2018, Free, 1- 1:45pm, Millennium Gallery Arundel Gate Sheffield, S1 2PP. follow this link

 

27 & 28 June 2018
Haughton International Ceramics Seminar, Diplomacy, Power and Wealth.
Christie’s, 8 King Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6QT.

The extraordinary importance of ceramic, silver and sculptural items given as international diplomatic gifts through ambassadors and courts around the world from Europe, China and the Ottoman Empire will be discussed showing the power and wealth of the ruling classes and collectors in the 17th and 18th centuries and their affect on the cultural and social life of the period. There is an outstanding list of international speakers and for full details please visit the website.

Cost of the two day seminar: £68 (inc VAT).
 Cost of the two day seminar including dinner at The Athenaeum (Wed 27th June): £130 (inc VAT). 
Student tickets for two day seminar (on production of ID): £35 (inc VAT)

Booking in advance through the website is essential due to limited numbers. Tickets are on sale at www.haughton.com/details-june-2018/




Symposium

Wednesday 30 May 2018
Silver in Georgian Ireland
The Irish Georgian Society, Maynooth University and the National Museum of Ireland are partnering to deliver a symposium taking place at the National Museum of Ireland (Collins Barracks) 

The symposium will examine the circumstances in which silver objects were made, used, valued and displayed in Georgian Ireland, and showcase new research by established and emerging scholars from Ireland and abroad, to include: Dr Alison FitzGerald, Dr Toby Barnard, John R Bowen, Damian Collins, Professor Bert De Munck, Dr Thomas Sinsteden, Dr Jessica Cunningham, Dr Zara Power and Dr Tessa Murdoch. Please follow this link for further information

As second city to London in terms of the British Isles during this period, Dublin’s artisans were acutely aware of developments in the British metropolis; this symposium seeks to contextualise the activities and achievements of Irish silversmiths relative to the those of their peers within the British Isles.

The symposium will to appeal to both a general and specialist audience of academics, collectors and members of the public.  It seeks to offer a variety of engaging perspectives on one of Dublin’s foremost artisanal trades during a period when new commodities, novel technologies and fashionable imports were transforming the market for luxury goods.  The programme of talks will be complemented by a tour and handling session in the National Museum of Ireland’s silver galleries, an unrivalled display of Irish silver from the period, which will allow both experienced and novice silver scholars the opportunity to consider the artefact evidence at first hand.

The inclusion of speakers from the United Kingdom and Europe allows for a nuanced view of silver in Georgian Ireland, considering how the movement of people, patterns, and plate in the early-modern world affected what was crafted and coveted in Irish towns and cities.    

Tickets for the symposium, which are priced at €125, to include lunch, can be purchased from the Irish Georgian Society (https://www.igs.ie/events/silver-in-georgian-ireland-symposium).

 



Overseas Events

 

22 February - 20 May 2018
The Museum Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona
The Fundacion Juan March, is hosting the first ever Arts and Crafts exhibition in Spain, “William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain” . For more details please go to www.march.es/arte/proximas_exposiciones/?l=2


27 June – May 2018
New York Silver, Then and Now 
The Museum of the City of New York, USA
This exhibition brings together 24 metalsmiths, artists, and designers with silver owned by the Museum of the City of New York. The new works are paired with the historic examples.

Please follow this link for further details

 

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

 

“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

Wednesday 30 May 2018
Silver in Georgian Ireland
The Irish Georgian Society, Maynooth University and the National Museum of Ireland are partnering to deliver a symposium taking place at the National Museum of Ireland (Collins Barracks) 

The symposium will examine the circumstances in which silver objects were made, used, valued and displayed in Georgian Ireland, and showcase new research by established and emerging scholars from Ireland and abroad, to include: Dr Alison FitzGerald, Dr Toby Barnard, John R Bowen, Damian Collins, Professor Bert De Munck, Dr Thomas Sinsteden, Dr Jessica Cunningham, Dr Zara Power and Dr Tessa Murdoch. Please follow this link for further information

As second city to London in terms of the British Isles during this period, Dublin’s artisans were acutely aware of developments in the British metropolis; this symposium seeks to contextualise the activities and achievements of Irish silversmiths relative to the those of their peers within the British Isles.

The symposium will to appeal to both a general and specialist audience of academics, collectors and members of the public.  It seeks to offer a variety of engaging perspectives on one of Dublin’s foremost artisanal trades during a period when new commodities, novel technologies and fashionable imports were transforming the market for luxury goods.  The programme of talks will be complemented by a tour and handling session in the National Museum of Ireland’s silver galleries, an unrivalled display of Irish silver from the period, which will allow both experienced and novice silver scholars the opportunity to consider the artefact evidence at first hand.

The inclusion of speakers from the United Kingdom and Europe allows for a nuanced view of silver in Georgian Ireland, considering how the movement of people, patterns, and plate in the early-modern world affected what was crafted and coveted in Irish towns and cities.    

Tickets for the symposium, which are priced at €125, to include lunch, can be purchased from the Irish Georgian Society (https://www.igs.ie/events/silver-in-georgian-ireland-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