Made for the Table exhibition at Osterley Park and House

Explore the evolution of silver tableware from 1600 to the present day with an exquisite collection on display from the Goldsmith’s Company, alongside some of Osterley’s own rare and antique silver.

Made for the Table is a touring exhibition, brought to Osterley by the Goldsmith’s Company. Antique and contemporary silver are brought together in this in a display charting the evolution of dining, from the 1600’s through to the present day.

Silver on display in Osterley's Entrance Hall
Silver on display in Osterley's Entrance Hall
Silver on display in Osterley's Entrance Hall

Four wonderful display cabinets in the Entrance Hall, themed to highlight various aspects of the dining experience, feature some of the oldest and most precious objects in the Goldsmith’s collection. 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, goes to show the evolution of tableware yet also the constancy of our dining needs over the centuries.

Delicately crafted contemporary silverware
Delicately crafted contemporary silverware
Delicately crafted contemporary silverware
" Made for the Table is truly a celebration of techniques, inspiration, and exquisite craftsmanship. It reflects the Goldsmiths’ Company’s unique and continued patronage of domestic pieces made to be used and enjoyed. By drawing comparisons between historic and contemporary pieces, the exhibition helps contextualise the outstanding work of makers working in Britain today"
- Georgia Powell, Assistant Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company

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, the collection by the 1782 inventory was substantial. Silver was featured across many areas of the house, but the most significant collection was housed in the Eating Room which consisted of a dinner service of sixty plates, four tureens and over thirty dishes amongst other items. To celebrate the Made for the Table exhibition, we will be returning some of the unique collection back in its traditional home in the Eating Room to highlight the historic links between the Goldsmith’s Company and Osterley.

Osterley's rarely seen silver on display in the Eating Room
Osterley's rarely seen silver on display in the Eating Room
Osterley's rarely seen silver on display in the Eating Room

When is the exhibition open?

Made for the Table runs from 5 November 2018 - 24 February 2019, open daily from 11am - 4pm. Last entry is 3pm and the whole property is closed on 25 December. Find out more about Osterley's opening time.

How much does it cost?

Members go free to the exhibition. Tickets are from £9.05 Adults, £4.50 for children, £22.85 for a family ticket. Entry to the gardens is included in this admission. Find out more about Osterley's prices.

Where in the house is the exhibition?

The exhibition can be found upstairs on the Principal floor in the house; three beautiful displays across the Entrance Hall, Yellow Breakfast Room and Eating Room. Access to the Principal floor is by stair only, with a handrail. A wheelchair is available to borrow in the house on the Principal floor. The exhibition shop can be found downstairs in the Servants Hall in the basement, accessed via a small flight of steps. Find out more about access at Osterley, or call us on 020 8232 5050.

What else is on?

To celebrate and highlight this special exhibition, we will be running a series of events throughout the winter to enhance your enjoyment of the two collections. From table centerpiece workshops to talks and tours, alogside a family programme, there will be a whole host of ways to enjoy the exhibition over the winter months. Find out more about what's on at Osterley this winter.