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Treasures of Today at the National Museum of Ireland

Treasures of Today makes its international debut in the Riding School at the National Museum of Ireland. This innovative exhibition by eminent artist and designer silversmiths displays over 120 pieces of silver dating from 1980-2008.

The display features pieces of silver from the renowned private collection at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London. Also on display will be a number of pieces by silversmiths working in Ireland, including Seamus Gill, Kevin J O'Dwyer, Derek Mc Garry and Brian Clarke.

Ranging in scale from large imposing centrepieces to small, but equally exquisite works, each piece demonstrates a highly personal originality of design combined with excellent craftsmanship.

On display for the first time at the National Museum of Ireland is a piece entitled The Wafer Box, designed by silversmith Chris Burr. Rosemary Ransome Wallis, curator of this exhibition, commented, “the Company is delighted that this latest addition to the collection is making its debut at such a distinguished venue”.

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 special pioneering patronage of modern craftsmen has enhanced creative vitality of design and craftsmanship in silver throughout the 20th century and continues today.

Treasures of Today will be officially opened by Minister Martin Cullen TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism on 30 September at 6pm at The National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks. It will be open to the public FREE OF CHARGE from Wednesday 1 October.

To co-incide with the exhibition, a selection of silver by contemporary silversmiths will be on sale at the Design Yard and Eblana Gallery in Dublin.

A fully illustrated Treasures of Today catalogue will be available for purchase in the Museum shop.

Available for interviews:

Dr Patrick F. Wallace

Director of the National Museum of Ireland;

Michael Kenny

Curator & Keeper – Arts & Industry, National Museum of Ireland;

Rosemary Ransom Wallace

Curator, Goldsmiths’ Hall;

Many of the Silversmiths
whose work is featured in the exhibition, including:

Adrian Hope

  • The inspiration for one of Adrian’s pieces came directly from the Broighter Boat in the National Museum of Ireland’s collections.

Alexandra Raphael

  • Alexandra lived in Ireland for more than 12 years.
  • One of the founding members of the Cork Craftsmen’s Guild.
  • Won many prizes in the Irish Craft Competition in both the jewellery and enamel categories.
  • Commissioned by the Skibbereen Chamber of Congress to create a large enamelled plate that was presented to the then President of Ireland, HE Erskine Childers.
  • One of 3 enamel artists featured when the Design Yard was first opened in Temple Bar.

For Further Press Information/Images please contact:

Elizabeth Evensen – Marketing Department – National Museum of Ireland

Tel: +353 1 648 6427

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