Women Silversmiths

1808
Attributed to Mary Ann Croswell, George III Child's Rattle, 1808

Extended by popular demand—Women Silversmiths from the NMWA Collection on view March 23, 2012–February 24, 2013.

A selection of silver from the National Museum of Women in the Art’s collection has been chosen for exhibition by Nancy Valentine, a founding member of NMWA, to celebrate the museum’s 25th anniversary. Featuring British and Irish women silversmiths of the late 17th and 18th centuries, this exhibition illustrates the significant contribution women made to the silver industry as many women learned the trade within their families and built successful careers as designers, craftswomen, and businesswomen.

Highlights include an elaborate George III Epergne made by Hester Bateman in London in 1786, on limited loan from S.L. Shrubsole; and the newest addition to NMWA’s silver collection, a George II Silver Cup & Cover by Isabel Pero, made in London in the mid-18th century.

This exhibition has been extended by popular demand. The new closing date is February 24, 2013.