The current exhibition at Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden, showing a rare collection of work by silversmiths and illustrators, Arthur and Georgie Gaskin, will close on Sunday 24 November.
Included in the displays is a piece presented in 1909 to mark the opening of Birmingham University. The UK’s first civic or ‘redbrick’ university was opened in 1909 by Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Known as the Queen Alexandra necklace, now converted to a pendant, the piece reflects the Gaskins more mature style, showing a very sure sense of colour and increased confidence in the choice of materials.
Arthur Gaskin studied at the Birmingham Municipal School of Art as a student in 1883 before becoming a teacher. In 1903 he was appointed head of the Vittoria Street School for Jewellers and Silversmiths in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, a prestigious appointment.
The curator, Sarah McCormick Healy, says “The exhibition has been a great opportunity to show pieces by craftspeople who were at the centre of the Birmingham Arts and Crafts movement before moving to Chipping Campden to continue their work here. We have had people travel from all over to see these beautiful pieces of jewellery and illustrations on display.”
The exhibition is sponsored by Mallams and The Birmingham Assay Office.
The exhibition runs from Thurs 10th October – Sun 24 November 2013.
COURT BARN MUSEUM
How to find us:
Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE
Adults £4; Concessions (students, senior citizens) £3.25; Children under 16 are free
Opening times: April – September: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 5pm
October – March: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 4pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).
2. About Court Barn Museum
Court Barn Museum is an independent museum and the brainchild of a group of local enthusiasts called the Guild of Handicraft Trust. The museum was created through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and monies raised by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.
This groundbreaking museum, situated in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, tells the story of how a small town, in a beautiful setting, became a gathering place for creative people at the start of the 20th Century and continues to attract designers and makers today. Highlights include work by C.R. Ashbee, F.L Griggs and Katharine Adams.
3. About our sponsor Mallams
Mallams are one of the leading specialist auctioneers in arts and crafts works of art in the country with offices in Oxford, Cheltenham & Abingdon.
4. About our sponsor The Birmingham Assay Office
Founded by an Act of Parliament in 1773, due to the efforts of Matthew Boulton, The Birmingham Assay Office has a long established reputation within the jewellery trade for its independence, integrity and expertise. It has carried out its statutory duty of assaying and hallmarking for 240 years and in the late 20th Century has expanded its services significantly. The Birmingham Assay Office now offers a wide range of product safety tests for jewellery, watches and fashion accessories including nickel, lead and cadmium testing, gemstone authentication and certification and SafeGuard Jewellery Watch and Silverware valuations. Its specialist expertise is acknowledged worldwide.