ULTRA VANITIES - Bejewelled Make-Up Boxes from the Age of Glamour
Friday May 31 to Saturday July 20
Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm
This dazzling exhibition demonstrates one man’s passion for exquisite bejewelled vanity boxes, nécessaires, minaudières and compacts. These luxurious, beautifully crafted accessories were made by famous goldsmiths and jewellers and hark back to days of by-gone elegance and indulgence.
More than 200 pieces dating from the 1920s through to the 1970s will be on display including examples by leading jewellery houses such as Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Chaumet. Aside from being stunning objets d’art, made from precious materials, the boxes are also miracles of miniature engineering and reflect the social and design history of the times.
GOLDSMITHS' COMPANY PAVILION
A selling exhibition of contemporary jewellery, silver and furniture
At Somerset House
Wednesday June 26 – Saturday June 29
Wednesday to Friday 11.00am to 6.30pm
Saturday 10.00am to 6.00pm
ADMISSION CHARGE £5 per person
Celebrating contemporary design in the fields of jewellery, silver and furniture, Pavilion is both an exhibition where you can admire great contemporary work as well as a fabulous retail opportunity. Added to which you also have the chance to meet and talk to the creative minds of the skilled craftsmen behind the designs. You can even commission something totally bespoke and tailor-made to suit your needs and budget!
Historic Somerset House on the Strand provides the convenient, central location complete with great restaurants and views of the Thames, while its elegant 18th Century rooms offer the perfect back-drop to cutting-edge contemporary design.