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The Goldsmiths’ Centre is bringing a new twist to the traditional Advent Calendar this Christmas as beautiful, hand-made Christmas decorations and curiosity pieces go on display, in a Christmas of Curiosities, a wooden Advent Cabinet in the heart of London’s jewellery quarter.

A new door is being opened every day to reveal one of 24 limited-edition pieces, designed and crafted by Contemporary British Silversmiths – a real festive treat for collectors of contemporary craftsmanship and anyone with a passion for leading design.


Curiosities featured in the Advent Cabinet include beautiful decorations, from a Madonna and Child to a silver Guiding Star, ornate silver spoons and tiny objects of desire worthy of any Christmas stocking. The decorations, made by award-winning silversmiths, vary from tree ornaments to toys and with prices starting at just £60, each item can be purchased as a personal and timeless gift for someone special.

The Advent Cabinet is the centre-piece of a stunning Christmas display exhibiting right now at the Goldsmiths’ Centre until 24 December.

Clive Burr, Chairman of CBS is thrilled that Contemporary British Silversmiths is taking part in the Advent Cabinet event at the Goldsmiths' Centre this Christmas .” Promoting silver is central to our ethos and we are delighted to be giving  visitors to the Goldsmiths' Centre an opportunity to own a unique piece of hand crafted contemporary silver”, he comments “something they can treasure for Christmases to come.”

The silver objects featured in the Advent Cabinet are created using a variety of processes, from the traditional methods of raising and hammering to modern computer-aided techniques. Members are represented in prestigious national and international collections such as the Silver Trust’s collection, used at 10 Downing Street; The Goldsmiths’ Company Collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
 
Each week in December a prize draw will give winners the chance to be the next person to open the Advent Cabinet and enjoy a festive treat at the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Bench Cafe.

Each winner will go into a final draw to win one of the beautiful curiosities on display.

To enter, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tweet them @GsmithsCentre with #adventtreat or send a message to the Goldsmiths’ Centre on their Facebook page to be in with a chance to open one of the doors.

To view the Advent Cabinet, gallery of pieces and the full range of handmade silver, visit the Goldsmiths’ Centre at 42 Britton St, London EC1M 5AD from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (until 23 December).

http://www.goldsmiths-centre.org/

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