Silver from Goldsmiths' Hall, London 1980-2008
This innovative exhibition displays 120 pieces of silver dating from 1980-2008 by eminent artists and designer silversmiths working in Britain today.
On loan from The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths at Goldsmith's Hall, London, England, the exhibits range in scale from large imposing centrepieces to small, but equally exquisite works, each piece demonstrating a highly personal originality of design combined with excellent craftsmanship.
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths is a living successor of the ancient craft guilds, common to the medieval towns of Europe.
Internationally recognised, the Company has one of the finest private collections of British silver, numbering some 8,000 examples from 1350 to present day.
The Company's own deliberate pioneering patronage of modern craftsmen has enhanced creative vitality of design and craftsmanship in silver throughout the 20th century and continues today.
The chosen exhibits from it's Contemporary Collection are masterpieces by 58 silversmiths which richly contribute to the cultural European heritage of decorative art.