The Wallace Collection

Exhibitions & Displays

Time Regained: Works by Artist Goldsmith Kevin Coates

Thursday 23rd June, 2011 - Sunday 25th September, 2011

Price: Admission Free

The Wallace Collection is delighted to be staging its next contemporary art exhibition in June 2011 with the work of the Artist Goldsmith, Dr. Kevin Coates. Frequently described as an alchemist and a Renaissance man, Coates’ pieces can be found in a diverse and impressive range of public and private collections, including 10 Downing Street, Lichfield Cathedral, the V&A and the National Museum of Scotland.

Associate Artist at the Wallace Collection since 2007, Coates has spent the past four years channelling his creative energy and unique insights to the Collection’s works of art. The exhibition, ‘Time Regained’, will be a major London showing from this leading artist-goldsmith, and has been driven by one of Coates’s enduring preoccupations – the connection of Time with Art and Humanity, and our response to the artefacts left by others.   Inspired directly by a dozen of the treasures from the Wallace Collection, Coates hopes that this exhibition will renew our ways of looking at all things: to stimulate the imagination, and not just the senses or the cultural responses, but to express the meaning of every object, its career, its experience of the humanity which has shaped it, revered and collected it, over the passage of time.

A distinguished Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Coates has created a number of significant new works, combining the mysteries of the goldsmith, painter, sculptor, musician, geometer, and scholar. His diverse range of Wallace Collection inspirations includes Gothic armour, Maiolica, a Meissen ewer, Boulle furniture, and paintings by Rembrandt, Flinck, Canaletto, Van Loo and Lancret. These masterpieces from the past provide the springboard for new works of the future: objects and sculpture for the table, and painted multi-media wall-pieces incorporating detachable jewels. Through Coates’s mastery and stature, this exhibition will put the contemporary world of goldsmithing under a very special spotlight.

To accompany these new key pieces, shown for the first time, there will be the opportunity to see a number of important (often unseen) loans reflecting the breadth of Coates’s skills and artistry over the years. These will include the iconic Amity Cup, commissioned by the Goldsmiths’ Company; Lichfield Cathedral’s St. Chad Loving cup; another loving cup, Ovid Metamorphoses from an American collection; and the now famous Entry of the Queen of the Night Tiara, voted most popular object in the Jewellery Moves exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

They will be joined by other commissions, from the small and intimate to the grand and sately – the St. George Centrepiece for 10 Downing Street, commissioned by the Silver Trust; the Athene Noctua brooch, commissioned by
Sir Roy Strong for the V&A; the Flood Centrepiece; commissioned by Schroders, and the spectacular Charter Bell, another important commission for the Goldsmiths’ Company.

Known for his technical brilliance, and the symbolic imagery of his work, Coates is considered by many to be Britain’s foremost artist-goldsmith. He focuses on the spiritual meanings and purpose of jewellery, drawing inspiration from the natural world, theatre, painting, literature, mathematics, and music.

Come, explore, and let the creations and their understandings of the Wallace Collection, gradually unveil themselves for your own interpretation.

Time Regained

Nel Romano’s film, made to accompany the exhibition, gives a rare view of Kevin Coates at work in his studio, talking about his work at the Wallace Collection, and captures the genesis of the ‘Hundred-Sunned Phenix’ centrepiece from modelled wax, through cast, to completion. The soundtrack is live Vivaldi and Handel played by Coates himself, with friends...

Farrow & Ball have generously provided the paint for this exhibition (Drawing Room Blue, Lamp Room Gray and Hague Blue). For more information please visit their website at

Farrow & Ball Manufacturers of Traditional Papers and Paint

Time Regained: Works by Artist Goldsmith Kevin Coates
Brooch in a wall mount

Press clippings and media for this exhibition.