March 31, 1995
April 30, 1995
The Palace Throne Room, Valletta
One of the most spectacular exhibitions organised by FPM was undoubtedly The Silver of Malta, which was set up in The Throne Room of The Palace in Valletta.
With the arrival in Malta of the Knights of the Order St John, and a flourishing in the building of churches, palaces and patrician homes, an emerging Maltese industry started producing some of Europe's finest wares to endow and adorn these buildings. This exhibition attracted international interest, and successfully combined the evolution of silver craftsmanship in Malta with an insight into the art of civilised living.
This exhibition highlighted over 400 years of Maltese domestic silver, and consisted of more than 1,500 outstanding items, some of which were of particular historical interest. One of the exceptional displays within this exhibition featured a typical table set for a banquet in one of the Auberges of the Knights.
Apart from the exhibition catalogue, for this occasion FPM also published Silver and Banqueting in Malta, a collection of essays featuring silver-related themes.
The catalogue is forwarded by a synoptic essay entitled "The Influence of European Silver on the Maltese Art of Silversmithing", and includes an exhaustive glossary, and an illustrated section of makers' marks of all the recorded silversmiths producing silver in Malta. To read more click here