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After 104 years – A Chain of Office

October 23rd, 2016 by Robin Rodger

Our 2016-17 programme of workshops, art classes and evening lectures is now well underway.

At the close of the first lecture on 13 October, which was given by current PAA President Robin Rodger, and which looked at some of the original members of the [1912] Association, Mr Rodger formally presented the Association with a presidential chain of office. Incredibly it is the first time in the Association’s long history that it has possessed such an item. 

The new insignia was designed by Mr Rodger and wrought by Mr Scott Henderson of Perth silversmiths and jewellers W.T.G.Henderson & Son, 5 North Methven Street.

The Perthshire Art Association's Chain of Office

The Perthshire Art Association’s Chain of Office

The domed circular silver badge contains a central monogram hand cut in gold and silver which spells out the initials P.A.A.. This is framed by an inner disc which carries the dates of the original founding and the re-constitution of the Association. The main outer ring carries the title of the Association. The hand engraving was carried out by Guill and Stephenson of London, and the piece carries Edinburgh hallmarks for 2015 as well as a presentation inscription on the reverse.

Mr Henderson, whose work is represented in the collections of Perth Museum and Art Gallery as well as in many private collections, was delighted to have been given the commission which he described as one of the more unusual and enjoyable he had ever received.

The new insignia will be given its first public airing at the official opening of the Association’s 64th Annual Exhibition in Perth Museum and Art Gallery in November. 

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