Auction house also hosts Silver Trust Collection exhibit in London.
Christie’s is set to host two projects celebrating British silverware this summer with a large-scale silver exhibition and online selling exhibition of British silversmiths’ work.
The program, dubbed A Summer of Silver, kicks off this month with an exhibition of The Silver Trust Collection at Christie’s King Street in central London.
The exhibit will feature more than 300 pieces of silverware dating back to 1987, normally on permanent loan to 10 Downing Street where it is used when entertaining royalty and presidents. The items on show include silver objects made by 20th and 21st century silversmiths such as Malcolm Appleby, Clive Burr, Richard Fox, Martyn Pugh, Jane Short and Rod Kelley.
Christie’s senior specialist of its silver department Jeffrey Lassaline, said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Silver Trust for the third time. This group of contemporary British silver shows the diversity, ingenuity and quality of silversmiths working in the United Kingdom in the 20th and 21st century."
The exhibition opened on July 29 and will run until September 5. It is complemented by Contemporary Silver: A Selling Exhibition, which will feature works commissioned from 61 members of the Contemporary British Silversmiths around the theme of dining. Items up for sale will be priced from £650 to £48,000.
The selling exhibition will also include other examples of their work to highlight the diverse items being made today. Contemporary British Silversmiths’ members create silver objects using a variety of processes, from the traditional methods of raising and hammering to modern computer aided techniques. Their work is represented in national and international collections such as the Silver Trust’s Collection, The Goldsmiths’ Company collection and at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Lassaline added: "The exciting online sale coinciding with this [The Silver Trust Collection] exhibition offers clients the chance to own pieces by some of the silversmiths who have already worked with the Silver Trust and some who may be used for future commissions."