“English Spring” exhibition showcases 10 jewellers in Paris
PARIS, April 1, 2013 – Ten UK-based jewellers are showing their latest pieces in an exhibition entitled “Un printemps anglais”, backed by the Goldsmiths’ Company, including well-known names such as Sarah Herriot and Yen, in the Elsa Vanier gallery on the Left Bank in Paris.
Galerie Elsa Vanier celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013 with a unique selling event presenting 10 jewellers and silversmiths who have never previously been shown in France.
Nestled in the quiet rue du Pre aux Clercs near the Boulevard St. Germain, an area renowned for its universities and art, ”An English Spring” focuses on 10 exceptional artists from around the world who are based in the UK where they have each developed distinctive, highly personal styles.
They have been selected to demonstrate the diversity in style and talent that is characteristic of the thriving jewellery and silver design scene in Britain.
From Jacqueline Cullen’s gothic statement jewellery made from pitch-black Whitby jet, to Rie Taniguchi’s exquisite silver figurines inspired by folk tales and wildlife, the wide variety of work on display reveals a depth of talent.
Also included: Josef Koppmann’s stunning architectural gem creations, Sarah Herriot’s minimal masterpieces in gold and silver, and intricate sculptural jewellery treasures by Jo Hayes-Ward.
Each of the artists has worked tirelessly to develop their own powerful, individualistic aesthetic resulting in singular work that appeals to avid collectors while remaining accessible to a more general audience.
This project is supported by the ‘Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’, an institution created by Royal Charter in 1327, which has since been responsible for testing the quality of gold and silver (plus more recently platinum and palladium) sold in the UK.
Today the Company continues to play an important role in the support and development of the craft and industry of the goldsmith and silversmith.
Whether it be through funding schemes, training and apprenticeships, arranging commissions, competitions and exhibitions, the Goldsmiths’ Company plays a central role in the British fine jewellery and contemporary silver trade.
The exhibition – “Un printemps anglais” – opened on March 22 and runs until April 30, 2013.
Galerie Elsa Vanier
7 rue du Pre aux Clercs
JACQUELINE CULLEN, JO HAYES-WARD, SARAH HERRIOT, CATHERINE HILLS, JOSEF KOPPMANN, LUCY MARTIN, KAYO SAITO, RIE TANIGUCHI, KAROLA TORKOS, YEN