Introducing British Silver

Introducing British Silver

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Introducing British Silver

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

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Argyle Street
Glasgow G3 8AG
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Introducing British Silver is one of a series of new books exploring items acquired by the famous 20th-century Glaswegian shipping magnate and philanthropist Sir William Burrell and Constance, Lady Burrell, his wife, for their vast collection of art.

Following the donation of the entire collection to the City of Glasgow in 1944, it was not until 1983 that the dedicated Burrell Collection museum opened in Pollok Country Park. This book is the sixth published since the reopening of the museum in spring 2022, allowing readers to marvel anew at the highlights from the decorative arts collection items that Sir William acquired.

Divided thematically by the theme – Ceremonial Silver, Domestic Silver, Silver Marks, Huguenot Silversmiths, and Silver Service – the book examines some of the most interesting pieces, their origins, symbolism, and design. It also unpacks why Sir William acquired certain pieces and from whom.

Lavishly illustrated in full colour, this book offers readers the latest research into some of the most intriguing pieces that Sir William Burrell purchased over his illustrious collecting career.

About the author:

Laura Bauld is curator of decorative arts at Glasgow Life Museums. Her current research is centred on British Decorative Arts from 1603–1800, including metalwork, glass, and furniture. She is presently exploring Sir William Burrell as a collector of silver and glass in the early 20th century.

  • Publisher: Glasgow Museums Publishing
  • Author: Laura Bauld, Curator of Decorative Arts (1603–1800)
  • Date of publication & format: Published on 29 February 2024, 72pp text + 4pp cover paperback, 200mm x 234mm, portrait


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