Jeroen Martens, director of the Zilvermuseum Sterckshof (Antwerp) describes their work as follows: It is striking how father and son Thalen excel in their knowledge of historical and contemporary silversmithing techniques. The purity and apparent simplicity of their designs make their work seem effortless. It is a testament to their excellent craftsmanship. The source of their work is their passion and love for silver. Their talent for design and their understanding of the possibilities of fine silver make the work of Thalen & Thalen so special. Their most recent work is both useful and beautifully crafted in its purity. Their designs bring silver back into everyday life. They not only make unattainable art objects, but also very accessible wine and champagne goblets, cutlery, sugar bowls…’.
This book will also be published as a catalogue to accompany an exhibition at the Zilvermuseum.
Throughout the centuries, silverware has been a source of inspiration for many artists. Religious silverware raised the profession to unprecedented heights, but in the course of the 20th century commissions became scarce. More and more studios had to close their doors and monumental silverwork soon disappeared into the background. Gradually, training also left something to be desired. Father Rob and son Jaap Thalen’s dream is to make the very best again: objects, utensils and works of art in silver such as have been hard to find for a long time. Monumental creations for which both the old craftsmanship and the most advanced techniques are required. Their designs take shape in Francorchamps, Belgium, and are appreciated worldwide.