The Georgians are coming! Philippa Glanville Curates

The Georgians are coming! The London Silver Vaults marks the tercentenary of the accession of the Glorious Georges with a special exhibition of Georgian silver selected by Guest Curator, Philippa Glanville.

Philippa Glanville, Vice President of the Society of Antiquaries, and of NADFAS, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths &  Past Master of the Company of Art Scholars. As Keeper of Metalwork at the V&A, she devised the award-winning Whiteley Silver Galleries, first opened in 1996,and has written and lectured widely about silver & dining history. Her publications include Elegant Eating (V&A 2002), The Art of Drink (V&A 2007) & Dinner with a Duke (Harley Foundation 2011).

Says Philippa, “Georgian silver  has so much to offer, from weighty handraised flatware to the careful modelling of figure candlesticks. At this period of great prosperity in Britain, silver was designed for almost every occasion, for christenings, weddings  & funerals,  for eating, drinking & even for cooking, as well as for the desk. Silver accessories  sparkled too, from snuff boxes to chatelaines. One of the pleasures of visiting the Silver Vaults is the sheer variety of designs and techniques of the silversmith on show and on sale; wandering through the Vaults offers a unique exposure to this much-loved & inventive area of British artistry.”

Might & Magnificence: Silver in the Georgian Age. A selling exhibition at The London Silver Vaults, Chancery Lane. Guest Curator Philippa Glanville. 2 June to 4 October 2014. 9 – 5.30 weekdays. 9 – 1pm Saturdays.
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