Yesterday, we popped along to visit the Gold Exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery.
“Through over 60 items drawn from across the entire breadth of the Royal Collection, and from the Early Bronze Age to the 20th century, Gold explores the qualities that make this rare and precious metal an enduring expression of the highest status, both earthly and divine. This exhibition give a glimpse into the myriad uses of gold, from sacred to ornamental, and includes a series of film installations showing the meticulous working of gold by a bookbinder, furniture gilder and jewellery maker.”
It didn’t feel like there was as many as 60 items there… but I wasn’t counting! Although I would recommend popping along if you’re in the area, as a jeweller I was a little disappointed with the lack of things! There were quite a lot of golden paintings, but not as much jewellery/goldsmithing as I was expecting. Saying that, what was there was stunning.
Here area few of my favourites to tempt you in:
This was my favourite piece. The images don’t do it justice. This tiger’s head is to scale, highly polished, set with rock crystal eyes and teeth; and it looms out of it’s black background magnificently. An incredible work of craftsmanship, and definitely what you would call a statement piece!
*all images credited to Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014*
Fancy a visit? The exhibition runs from 27th March to 26th July 2015, and is at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. Check out the website for more details.