All That Glitters is English Silver

June 7 – August 31, 2008

Perkins Gallery

Over the years, longtime Museum supporter Ned Perkins has donated an extraordinary body of English silver, most of it dating from the 18th century. With noted silversmiths including Hester Bateman, Henry Chawner and Henry Cowper in this collection, it represents some of the finest work produced during the Georgian era. More recently, the Museum’s collection of English silver was enhanced by a pair of large flagons donated by the estate of Joel B. Marks. This pair, created in the mid 17th century by William Mantle with embellishments added in the 19th century, will be displayed for the first time in this exhibition.


  • Cowles Charitable Trust
  • Dorothy Chao Jenkins
  • Ron and Becky Johnson
  • Reitzel Foundation
  • Swain Companies and Affiliates