News and Events


7 April - 9 July 2017
Cockneys in Arcadia; C R Ashbee in Chipping Campden

From 7th April to 9th July, The Court Barn Museum, Chipping Camden, is holding a special exhibition “Cockneys in Arcadia; C R Ashbee in Chipping Campden” focussing on The Guild of Handicraft’s work from 1902, after they had moved to the Cotswolds.

This major exhibition of 2017 curated by experts Alan Crawford and Mary Greensted is the first to showcase C R Ashbee’s Campden period and will include the full range of Ashbee’s work during that time, as a designer of furniture, metalwork, silver, jewellery and printed books.  It will include pieces held by private lenders not seen by the public before. This is the first exhibition to showcase C.R. Ashbee’s Campden period. There have been two exhibitions before on Ashbee, one at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum in 1981 which travelled to Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield and Fine Art Society, London and one at the Geffrye Museum in 1999 which concentrated on CR Ashbee in East London. It will also be the first time many of the items will have been seen by the public as we are borrowing material from a number of private collections.

12 April - 26 July 2017, 10am - 4pm
DeVroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form

Goldsmiths' Hall
A celebration of artistic collaboration between renowned husband and wife team, Dutch goldsmith Leo de Vroomen and British jewellery designer and artist Ginnie de Vroomen.  

The showcase brings together over 100 pieces of De Vroomen jewels, sketches reflecting the creative process, as well as Ginnie’s vivid paintings inspired by nature and the urban landscape. Bold, sophisticated jewellery with flowing lines is placed in conversation with polychromatic abstract art.

Leo has had a long-standing relationship with the Goldsmiths' Company, having been made an Associate of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1983. Four highly accomplished De Vroomen pieces form part of the Company’s Contemporary Jewellery Collection and a De Vroomen retrospective was staged at Goldsmiths’ Hall in 1991.



Until 30 July 2017
Gilded Interiors, French Masterpieces of Gilt Bronze

The Wallace Collection, London
This temporary exhibition focuses on neoclassical ormolu of extraordinary quality.
Goldsmiths’ work in all but material. See for more details.

Overseas Events

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


7 - 10 September 2017
Palaces and Princely projects - a survey of Royal Bavarian Treasures

A special tour in Bavaria, to introduce you to the rich and diverse collections of the Bavarian Palaces.
Led by Dr Max Tillman and Maxine Fox.

Please follow this link for further details

New books

“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 

“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 

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: 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  

Silversmithing Prize

The Silver Society “Best Young Silversmith” award 2017 at “Inspired”
Many congratulations to this year’s 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


Study Day

Press Release


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