Silver expert to talk about the history of the precious metal to Aberdeen

10 January 2013

An expert in silver will explore the history of Aberdeen silver at 2pm on Saturday 12 January at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

Colin Fraser, head of silver, at Lyon and Turnbull Auctioneers will discuss the background to the precious metal from pre-1600 to the present day during his hour-long presentation.

He will reveal new research and 'finds' that form the basis of SILVER - THE ABERDEEN STORY exhibition, as well as discussing key pieces on loan to the art gallery from individuals and institutions both locally and internationally.

Tickets cost £5 (£4 Accord Card and Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery). To book telephone the gallery on (01224) 523700.

SILVER -THE ABERDEEN STORY brings together objects from both public and private collections from the UK and abroad, to tell the story of silver produced in Aberdeen, from the earliest known existing works to the present day.

With over 200 pieces on display - many from the city's own outstanding collections - the show provides a rare opportunity to appreciate the skill and artistry of Aberdeen's craftsman in silver and gold in what was once a flourishing and international trade.

Among the earliest pieces on display are the Fintray Cup Communion Cup by Hew Anderson dating to 1633 and the King's College Mace by Walter Melville, which is of international importance.

Other highlights from the 17th century and early 18th century - the heyday of the craft - are the Huntly Race Prize Cup, the impressive Aberdeen Grammar School Prize Arrow and Medals and the Strathnaver Cup.

Pieces by Aberdeen's finest 18th century goldsmiths including George Robertson, Coline Allan, John Leslie and George Cooper are also on display. The story of William Jamieson - the founder of the company we know today as Jamieson & Carry - is also told in the exhibition.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 3 March 2013.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue, which has been produced with the support of Aberdeen Asset Management and is available to purchase from the Gallery Shop.