Secrets of Silver An Exhibition of Sterling Treasures and Stories

first_img Secrets of Silver, an exhibition featuring the works of Carl PoulPetersen, is on display at the Museum of Natural History. The focal point of the exhibition is a sensational collection ofhand-made sterling by Petersen (1895-1977), one of Canada’sforemost 20th century silversmiths. Petersen was at the centre ofmodern silver design in Canada for nearly three decades. Hiscreations are elegant, intricate and meticulously crafted. Employing traditional techniques, his work is admired for thequality of execution, strong lines, simplistic beauty andmodernistic forms which are often adorned with insects, birds,flowers, fruit and leaves. He is also famous for the redesign ofthe Stanley Cup in 1962. Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s miniatureStanley Cup is on display at the museum. “The exhibition has been enriched with more than 100 exceptionalexamples of silversmiths’ art from Nova Scotia collections, suchas the Queen Anne communion service made in 1711,” said AlexWilson, the museum’s manager of interpretation. “This is a rareopportunity to see this valued possession of historic St. Paul’sChurch in Halifax.” Visitors will be drawn to other treasures as well. A simplechalice made in 1633 is possibly the oldest piece of Scottishsilver in North America. Collectors will marvel at a remarkablecollection of silver coins and medals. Sports fans will find aspectacular show of silver trophies awarded for marksmanship,rowing, baseball, sailing, snowshoeing, curling, track and fieldand swimming. There are two Olympic silver medals on display too. “There are some amazing pieces in the display. I was mostimpressed by the productive silver manufacturing studio thatPetersen was able to create and foster,” said Kye Yeon Son,professor of jewellery design and metal working at NSCADUniversity. “His work and business reflects how fine utilitariansterling continued to play a significant role in the late 20thcentury.” The Carl Poul Petersen exhibition comes from the Montreal Museumof Fine Arts and is supported by the Museums Assistance Programof the Department of Canadian Heritage. The exhibit, with about70 magnificent pieces by Petersen will be on display until Feb.22, 2004. The Museum of Natural History is located at 1747 Summer St.,Halifax. For more information call 424-3563 or see the museum’swebsite at http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca . General admission ischarged. N.S. MUSEUM–Secrets of Silver: An Exhibition of SterlingTreasures and Storieslast_img

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