Silver of the Stars exhibition returning to city

Ian Rankin poses with one of the pieces. Picture: Contributed
Ian Rankin poses with one of the pieces. Picture: Contributed
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A TRAILBLAZING exhibition of bejewelled craftwork inspired by Scottish icons that has stunned audiences across Europe is returning to Edinburgh after a successful six-year tour.

The glittering display, dubbed Silver of the Stars, features a collection of silverware created by some of the country’s best craftsmen in collaboration with a selection of world-famous Scots exports including Sir Sean Connery and author Ian Rankin.

Sean Connery

Sean Connery

It was commissioned by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, to mark the 550th anniversary of the Edinburgh institution, and has so far attracted more than 750,000 visitors from across the continent.

Ten silver drinking vessels that comprise the exhibition – including a vintage car-inspired whisky set for actor Robbie Coltrane created by Capital craftsman Grant McCaig – will be showcased at the Museum of Edinburgh, on the Canongate.

It will later travel north to the Swanson Gallery in Thurso, the St Fergus Gallery in Wick and the Inverness Museum and Gallery.

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths, founded in 1525, was originally charged with regulating the assay of articles crafted in previous materials and is the oldest consumer protection group in Scotland.

It guaranteed that its customers were buying wares made of gold or silver of the agreed legal standard of fineness. Today, it administers The Assay Office – Scotland, is based at Goldsmiths Hall in Broughton Street.

Tom Murray, deacon of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, said: “Scotland is home to a unique community of artists working in silver. Their work is held by some of the world’s leading collectors and the demand from galleries to show this unique collection has been overwhelming.

“There is a huge interest in Scotland and its heritage and this collection combines ancient techniques and craftsmanship with superb artistry and new engineering solutions. In many ways it stands as a metaphor for Scottish talent and innovation.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s culture and sport convener, said: “The newly refurbished Museum of Edinburgh will be the perfect venue for this wonderful exhibition that has proved immensely popular both in Scotland and internationally.

“We’re delighted to be hosting Silver of the Stars and I’m sure it will draw in the crowds with ease, particularly during the busy summer months in Edinburgh.”