Explore the evolution of silver tableware from 1600 to the present day with an exquisite collection from the Goldsmith’s Company alongside some of Osterley’s own rare and antique silver.
Four display cabinets in Osterley's Entrance Hall, themed to highlight various aspects of the dining experience, feature some of the oldest and most precious objects from the Goldsmith's Company – one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London.
The centerpiece is a bespoke table in the Yellow Breakfast Room, laid with a range of newly commissioned objects delicately crafted by contemporary silversmiths to show how the patronage and skills of the past continue to this day. The juxtaposition between new and old illustrates the evolution of tableware yet also the constancy of our dining needs over the centuries.
The beauty and elegance of these objects are at once complemented and contrasted with Osterley’s own silver collection. Collected by the Child family over successive generations, by the 1782 inventory the collection was substantial. Silver was featured across many areas of the house, but the most significant collection was housed in the Eating Room, comprising a dinner service of 60 plates, four tureens and over 30 dishes, among other items.
To celebrate the Made for the Table exhibition, items from the unique collection have been returned to their traditional home in the Eating Room to highlight the historic links between the Goldsmith’s Company and Osterley.