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Last chance to see the temporary exhibition entitled “Treasures of Today – Silver from Goldsmith’s Hall, London 1980 – 2008 ”

Treasures of Today made its international debut at the National Museum of Ireland in Autumn 2008. This innovative exhibition by leading 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 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.

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

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

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