The Goldsmiths' Company has recently launched an online library catalogue for The Goldsmiths’ Company Library. The Library’s holdings include many resources on silver and silversmithing from ancient times to the present day, as well as a wide selection of books on hallmarking and jewellery. The catalogue link can be accessed from the Library and Archives page on the Goldsmiths’ Company website www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk. For those accessing the newsletter online, please click here to go directly to the catalogue. All researchers are welcome and do not need to be members to visit the Library. It is open Tuesday to Thursday, from 10am to 4.30pm, by appointment. Reader appointments can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . The catalogue currently holds around 5,600 records, roughly a third of the Goldsmith Company Library's books and articles, but material is being added to it all the time, so if the book or article you’re looking for isn’t listed, you can check whether the Library holds it it by sending an [Read More]
The collection of 18th- and early-19th-century French silverware acquired by Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian between 1900 and 1950 is the most important of its time and one of the most significant sections of the Gulbenkian Museum’s collection. The collection of over 150 pieces constitutes a unique group due to their diversity and quality; it includes several world-class masterpieces representative of Gulbenkian’s taste. The catalogue is dedicated to a selection of works in silver of different typologies, such as centrepieces, tureens, salt cellars, candelabra and candlesticks, made by renowned silversmiths including François- Thomas Germain, Antoine-Sébastien Durant, Robert-Joseph Auguste and Martin-Guillaume Biennais. Despite this diversity these works all share the characteristics that make this collection unique: quality and authenticity combined with original design, technical expertise and distinguished provenance; former owners include members of the European aristocracy and the Russian imperial family. Most of the works were purchased in Paris but there is an important group of works from the Hermitage collection, acquired following negotiations between Calouste Gulbenkian [Read More]
Entries are now closed for The Silver Society Prize for Silversmithing 2023. The competition will be judged by an expert panel and the winner will be announced on Monday 30 October 2023 at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London when they will receive a cash prize of £1,000. The winning piece and a profile of its maker will be included in the 2023 Silver Society Journal. Image: Scream box by Caiyang Yin, winner of the Silver Society Prize 2022
For anyone wishing to add a little silver-related fiction to their reading list, this post features a running list of suggestions. Do get in touch if you have any recommendations or would like to see your novel featured! Argentum by James Leslie-Melville (The Book Guild, 2023) The Silversmith's Daughter by Annie Murray (Pan, 2019) The Silversmith's Wife by Sophia Tobin (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
£35.00 Click here to buy now. JOHN ANDREW and THERESA NGUYEN The Meadow Centrepiece MARK DENNIS The Doyle Cups: a Biography in Silver ROBIN JACKSON The Silversmithing Work of the German Expressionist Artist Hermann Gross in Scotland LAURENCE JOYCE and WYNYARD WILKISON Alexander Johston, Goldsmith of Dundee and London ELSABETH ALICIA DIKKES The Life of a Silver Spoon: a Curious Piece of Washington Silver ROGER ROSEWELL Silver and Stained Glass JOHN CULME The Duke of Sussex's Wine Cistern: a Mystery Solved REBECCA HARVEY and KIMBERLEY CAMERON "For better, for worse": Louis Osman and Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, 1968-1980 ANDREW PAUL WOOD History in Silver: What Three Silver Centrepieces from Evolution of New Zealand Taste and Identity. LUKE DELMAS and LUKE SCHRAGER Private Die-Struck Heraldic Flatware 1780-1900 EMILIA FERRARO, SANDRA WILSON and KATHARINA VONES Metalwork in the Andes and Japan: a Comparative Study VANESSA BRETT A Bank Account for Simon Pantin I ADRIAN MALDONADO and SARAH ROTHWELL Experiment, Experience and Enchant: Knowledge Sharing Between Museums [Read More]
This hardback informative reference book is for those interested in fraud relating to silverware and precious metals, and tells the story of the enforcement of hallmarking legislation. The story of hallmarking is told from a unique perspective, through historical facts, literature, poetry, prose, film, and song. The book is comprised of: 628 pages. 149 photographs. a schedule of historical milestones regarding hallmarking. detailed coverage of some specific prosecution cases. a comprehensive index of more than 600 court cases. The book is £35 and the link to their website is https://www.hswalsh.com/product/touchstone-trade-and-transgression-by-robert-grice-tb1700
The Silver Society has been working on a new website since the middle of last year and we are delighted to have now launched it from February. We hope you like it. Do please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions. The intention is that this new site will be easier to use and better convey the authority and status of the Society. The new site also now hosts the archive of all the Silver Society Journals up to 2019. These have been digitised and are in a searchable database which we think will be a major resource for all those researching silver in the future. We plan to further develop and enrich the site during 2023.
We are very please to announce the winner is CAIYANG YIN for his Scream Box The Scream Box, made in fine silver and sterling silver and marked for 2022, is the first piece of silverware, as opposed to jewellery, that Caiyang has made. The cover of the handmade box involved chasing and repoussé work. Scream Box by Caiyang Yin The judges said: we were very impressed with Caiyang’s silver Scream Box, it is a very contemporary design and it has great originality. The square silver box decorated with a man’s emotional face, has a highly sculptural aesthetic and demonstrates a unique style. To make a square box is one of the most basic silversmithing skills, but it is challenging to achieve, requiring great accuracy and control. Caiyang’s box is very professionally made and extremely well finished. The box can be seen in this video https://youtu.be/vxPH8faCj0Q and other examples of Caiyang’s work can be seen on his website https://www.ycyjewel.com/ Caiyang, who trained in the design [Read More]
6 October 2022 Despite complications caused by rail strikes, a small group made it to Mount Stuart, the extraordinary house designed for the 3rd Marquess of Bute by Robert Rowand Anderson, the interiors of which were in fact never completed after the death of the Marquess. The morning was taken up with a tour of the house, with its views across the Clyde although somewhat shrouded in rain clouds, with its myriad interior details such as the door furniture, light fittings and tapestries, as well as a fine display of Scottish eighteenth-century silver in the dining room. The interiors were enhanced at a later date by carefully considered additions to some of the decorative schemes made by 6th Marquess of Bute. Cover of Lord Bute’s water bottle, London, 1880, by Jess Barkentin and Carl Krall, silver-gilt and enamel In the afternoon we were given a tour by Jessica Insley, Curator of the collections, of the small but remarkable exhibition Fantasy to Fabrication, 19th [Read More]
The visit was attended by seventeen members. On arrival at the Hall we were greeted by the Beadle, who gave us an introduction to the history of the Company and some of its treasures. Following the Civil War and the Fire of London which destroyed the first Hall, the Company embarked on a policy of replacing silver which had been sequestered during the Civil War and those pieces destroyed in the fire by purchasing silver and encouraging their members to donate plate to the Company. We were able to handle a large number of wonderful 18th and 19th century objects. A modern highlight included a most unusual silver fair ground centre piece with eight horses which turns on a smooth axis, commissioned in 1989 by the Master from Sarah Silver.