The National Trust of South Australia's Ayers House Museum on North Terrace is hosting a Silver Spectacular exhibition on the weekend of November 11-12, featuring some of the best early Australian silver on display and for sale, with talks and workshops from some of the nation's leading silversmiths.
Ayers House is the finest surviving nineteenth-century mansion in Adelaide and is preserved by the National Trust as a living house museum where you can experience the life of an Adelaide upper middle-class family in the Victorian era. In 2016, the museum was the setting for the very popular Dressmaker Costume Exhibition.
Silver was the first mineral to be mined in Australia, with the first ore extracted at the Wheal Watkins mine in Glen Osmond in the Adelaide foothills in 1841. Over the weekend of November 11-12, the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association and the National Trust will showcase the beautiful silverwork of some legendary nineteenth Adelaide silversmiths such as Wendt and Steiner at Ayers House. There will be silverware displays, antique silver for sale, and talks on the life and times of some of the Adelaide silversmiths. Items of silver by famous early silversmiths such as Wendt, Steiner, Brunkhorst and Schomburg will be on display and you'll find a selection of fine silver items for sale.
See This Antique Sterling Silver Epergne (Image Supplied)
You will also be able to learn from some of the most eminent silversmiths of today, John Cherry and Richard Phillips in interactive hands-on workshops on silver making. Workshops will be conducted by John Cherry, artisan goldsmith and silversmith, and member of the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association. John brings thirty-five years of extensive experience to the designing, making and repairing of items made in silver and gold. Also present will be Mr Richard Phillips of the South Australian Chapter of the Silver Society of Australia who will add his expertise to the event.
Participants in this exciting workshop will be taken back in time to hear the story of how life may have been for people of Adelaide's society along with the Ayers family. They will also be able to ask questions during interactive discussion sessions, along with handling original silver making tools and items of Australian, European and English antique silver and gold, as well as examples of antique Australian jewellery.
Inside Ayers House Museum in Adelaide Image Supplied)
While the attending the workshop is free, advance registration are essential. To register your interest email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place. Please (08) 8223 1234 for any enquiries. Entry to the exhibition is $15.00 for adults, while children under 15 years of age are admitted free of charge.
The Silver Spectacular at Ayers House Museum runs from 10am until 4pm on Saturday November 11 and Sunday November 12. For more information visit the Ayers House Museum website. The National Trust of South Australia is delighted to join with the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association once again to make Ayers House the centre of attention for Adelaide's silver loving collectors.