Treasures of Gold and Silver Wire: A Celebration of Drawn Wire Artistry

Treasures of Gold and Silver Wire: A Celebration of Drawn Wire Artistry
Step into a world where creativity and craftsmanship intertwine in an enchanting display of artistry. As passionate Freemen of this Livery Company, we are thrilled to invite you to explore the rich history and timeless allure of hand-fabricated drawn wire.

A Glimpse into the Exhibition:

The exhibition, set to run from 30th September to 12th November, promises to captivate visitors with over 200 awe-inspiring items spanning from the Middle Ages to the present day. Among the highlights are historically significant artefacts like a piece of Queen Elizabeth I's only surviving dress, Charles Dickens' court suit, an RSC robe worn by David Tennant as Richard II, and the Coronation glove of Queen Elizabeth II. These priceless treasures, along with a plethora of other royal, military, ecclesiastical, and theatrical costumes, will be on display alongside modern works by renowned contemporary jewellers Andrew Lamb, Joanne Thompson, and Teri Howes, as well as skilled embroiderers Laura Baverstock and Kate Pankhurst.

Curated to Perfection:

Leading the curation of this magnificent exhibition is Dr. Karen Watts, Curator Emeritus at the Royal Armouries. With her expertise, the exhibition promises to be a visual feast, bringing to light historical items rarely seen by the public and showcasing fine examples of modern jewellery, silversmithing, and embroidery.

A Destination City:

"Treasures of Gold and Silver Wire" is a central part of the City Corporation's "Destination City" policy program, which seeks to establish the City of London as a world-leading leisure destination for both UK and global visitors, workers, and residents. This exhibition embodies the City's commitment to promoting art, culture, and heritage, attracting enthusiasts and historians from various fields.

A Tribute to Evolution:

The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers' 400th Anniversary is a remarkable milestone that deserves recognition. Over the last four centuries, this ancient Livery Company has evolved, preserving the legacy of drawn wire craftsmanship and nurturing its growth. "Treasures of Gold and Silver Wire" celebrates this evolution, paying tribute to the artisans who have contributed to this exquisite art form.

A Feast for the Senses:

Chairman of the City of London Corporation's Culture, Heritage, and Libraries Committee, Munsur Ali, aptly describes the exhibition as a "feast for the senses." Costume designers, fashion and military historians, theatre enthusiasts, and jewelry lovers will be spellbound by the remarkable collection on display.

A Beautiful Legacy:

Master Gold and Silver Wyre Drawer, Catherine Carr, expresses her excitement for the exhibition, highlighting the beautiful application of gold and silver wire throughout the centuries. The gallery will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to explore the exhibits within their social, cultural, and historic contexts, uncovering the fascinating stories connected to each piece and marveling at the meticulous attention to detail, patience, and technology behind their design.

"Treasures of Gold and Silver Wire" promises to be an extraordinary celebration of artistry, history, and innovation. Join us on this remarkable journey through time, as we pay tribute to the legacy of drawn wire artistry and embrace the boundless creativity that continues to shape this ancient craft. Don't miss the chance to witness this exceptional exhibition, where treasures of the past and the brilliance of the present converge in a harmonious celebration of human ingenuity.