Silver and gold: unique Australian objects 1830–1910

Silver jug made out of emu egg

This latest exhibition, which opens today at the Royal Australian Mint showcases exceptional nineteenth and early twentieth century Australian silver and gold objects drawn from the National Gallery of Australia’s significant collection of colonial decorative arts and design. The theme of this exhibition is celebration, with objects marking significant personal, community and professional achievements and milestones, or displays of prosperity and artistic accomplishment.

Silver and gold celebrates the aesthetic and technical achievements of many of Australia’s most significant early silversmiths. It includes objects made by silversmiths who worked across the country, including Alexander Dick, David Barclay, Henry Steiner, William Edwards, Edward Fischer, John J Cohen and Jochim Matthias Wendt.

Silver and gold reveals the exceptional skills of Australia’s earliest professional craft practitioners and their compelling narratives of Australian social and commercial history.

Event Details

Dates: Friday 15 December - Sunday 1 April

Location: The Royal Australian Mint’s Gallery

Cost: Entry is free and open to everyone young or rich in years.