Silverware Gifted to Aberdeen

10 August 2011

A stunning fish dish made of sterling silver has been gifted to the City's Collection at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Rosemary Ransome Wallis, curator of the prestigious Goldsmiths' Company presented the Fish Dish created by young Scottish silversmith Hazel Mairs to Christine Rew, manager of Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Manager Christine Rew said: "I am delighted to receive this generous gift for our contemporary metalwork collections. The Goldsmiths' Company has long championed the work of young designer silversmiths and I am very pleased that they have chosen to present this beautiful piece to Aberdeen.

"We have gathered an outstanding collection of modern silverware in recent years - a collection which now has "Recognised Collections of National Significance" status. Hazel Mairs striking fish dish will enhance the collection and bring it right up-to-date. The dish will go on display so visitors can see the work for themselves."

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, more commonly known as the Goldsmiths' Company, was founded to regulate the craft or trade of the goldsmith, the Goldsmiths' Company has been responsible since 1300 for testing the quality of gold, silver and, from 1975, platinum and since 2010 palladium. It received its first royal charter in 1327.

Also in attendance from Goldsmiths' Company will be Silver Steward Malcolm Barrett and Julia Wells, who along with the curator will inspect art pieces currently on loan from Goldsmith Hall that form part of Metal Works! exhibition. The stewards will spend time cleaning the precious metal pieces if required.

Metal Works! brings together a diverse range of objects made in metal from Aberdeen's Permanent Collection and from the Goldsmiths' Company Collection, London. It illustrates the developments of metalworking and features works from the 17th century to the present day. Highlights include an intricately worked cigar jar by Malcolm Appleby and a pair of early spoons by the Aberdeen goldsmith Thomas Moncur.

Metal Works! runs until Saturday 03 March 2012 at Aberdeen Art Gallery.