Art of Ruth Rhoten

Goldsmith.Silversmith.Artist

Restoration and Conservation

 

Background

Over the years I have worked with collectors, antique dealers, jewelry stores, and museums all over the United States.

 

My work has included restoration and conservation

of Paul Revere, Paul Storr, Fabergé, and other famous

as well as lesser known Goldsmiths and Silversmiths.

 

Restoration: Keeping Memories Alive

 

Restoring Gold and Silver Art Objects is part of my work. I have to remind people, " I create artworks too!"

 

Having been a Silversmith and Goldsmith for many years,  I acquired the expertise and knowledge to repair and conserve these historic and valuable works of art.

 

Each job has a unique--and often fascinating!--story.

 

I think of the family that wanted their tea service restored after a tornado ripped through their house, bringing destruction in its path. The Mother survived thankfully, but the tea service was crushed. The family was grateful to have the service restored, given all the memories it brought them.

 

 Conservation: Keeping History Alive

 

Mackay Silver Candelabrum from the silver collection at the University of Nevada at Reno arrived to my studio with an armed guard and the curator of the Mackay Silver. Working with an Armed Guard, is not the perfect working conditions, but I sure felt safe handling such a valuable art object.

 

Silver King John W. Mackay (1831-1902) commissioned Tiffany & Company of New York to design and produce a silver service for his wife Marie-Louise.  The result was a 1250 piece set of sterling silver dinner and dessert service for twenty-four. It was from the Comstock Lode (silver mine)  and was completed in 1878.

 

Noteworthy details:  Charles Grosjean of Tiffany designed the service and Edward C. Moore supervised the project. In his volume Tiffany Silver, Charles Carpenter notes that this silver service is the largest and elegant--not to mention the most famous--silver service of its time. It is a hallmark of Victorian America silver.

 

To see Mackey Collection, go to:

 http://www.unr.edu/keck/mackay-silver-collection

Coin Silver Center piece made in San Francisco. Trade mark is shown and Ruth Rhoten repairing tilt of female figure.

Contact her: 510-798-2734   ruth@ruthrhoten.com

 © Ruth Rhoten

 

 

Ruth Rhoten is a Goldsmith and Silversmith who is inspired by nature. She creates pieces reflecting the earth’s beauty.

Expertise range from original one-of-a-kind pieces to limited editions in Gold and Silver. Commissions for jewlery and sculpture are always welcome.