Originally posted on Friday, June 15th, 2012
“…the most comprehensive and ambitious exhibition ever to be staged in Goldsmiths’ Hall….” — Anthony Hilton
The Goldsmiths’ Company writes:
“Part of the pavement and the steps up into Goldsmiths’ Hall were effectively covered with gold leaf to welcome the Mayoral party. Accompanied by the Lady Mayoress and the Duty Sheriff Miss Wendy Mead and her consort Mr Robert Tipping, the Lord Mayor assisted by the Prime Warden, Lord Sutherland cut a gold ribbon and declared the exhibition “Gold: Power and Allure” officially open.
“The Lord Mayor was then introduced to Paul Dyson, Director of Promotion, who in turn presented him to contemporary goldsmiths Dr Kevin Coates and Disa Allsopp whose gold work is featured in the exhibition. He also met David Lamb, Managing Director, Jewellery and Marketing of the World Gold Council, who was flanked by two models wearing stunning gold jewellery by Wright & Teague and Polly Gasston, specially commissioned by the World Gold Council for the exhibition. The World Gold Council is the sponsor of the ‘Gold: Power and Allure’.”
From Anthony Hilton, London, in the Independent:
“Gold: Its power and allure has taken five years in the planning, and the assembled treasures from private collections far and wide to tell the story of gold down the ages .
“With input from the Gold Council, the result is in one place.
“Exhibits range from a gold lunula – a moon-shaped collar – dating from 2000BC found in Northern Ireland, though rings worn by Elizabeth I and other monarchs, some of the earliest ever coins, including the Venetian ducat we all read about in Shakespeare, an astonishing collection of cups, trophies, tableware and clothing, snuff boxes and some beautiful examples of modern jewellery. There is even a handkerchief made from gold thread.”