Made for the Table at the Goldsmiths' Centre


13 July, 2018 - 31 August, 2018
Free
Explore the evolution of silver tableware and dining conventions from the 1600 to today through the world-renowned silver collection of the Goldsmiths' Company.


Explore the evolution of silver tableware and dining conventions from the 1600 to today through the world-renowned silver collection of the Goldsmiths' Company.

Made for the Table explores the evolution of silver tableware. Exquisite exhibits made by silversmiths over the last five centuries are brought together, to consider the influence of function on design.

From candlesticks and cutlery to serving dishes, silver tableware has been the focal point of table settings for more than 500 years. These decorative yet functional objects traditionally denote status and continue to add stylish accents in a contemporary setting. Today, despite vast changes in taste and style, the UK’s leading contemporary silversmiths are still inspired to make extraordinary handmade objects for the table.

This touring exhibition presents a bespoke table, laid with hand-crafted silver objects, modern glass, ceramics and textiles by leading UK artisans. The table is shown with historic examples of tableware from the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection. One such piece, only on show at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, is a silver tankard marked with ‘pegs’ on the inside (Joannes Reimers, c.1658). The term ‘peg’ probably derives from the Danish measure ‘paegl’, roughly equivalent to a pint. The tankard would be passed around during a drinking game; the aim being to drink down to the next peg, hence the phrase ‘take you down a peg or two’.  

The display is accompanied by film interpretation by AVM Curiosities, photographs by Rosalind Atkinson inspired by 17th century still-life paintings, and an ambient soundscape by Mee, a former member of the Smashing Pumpkins, which vividly brings to life the making process through a recording of silver being struck as percussion pieces. 

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The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events, including cream teas, talks and object handling opportunities.  Read more

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