Current Lecture Programme
Tuesdays at 6:00pm. Members and Guests.
Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE
Lectures are restricted to members and their guests. It is not normally necessary to inform the Society that you will be atttending, but if attendance is expected to be exceptionally high the Society will inform members well in advance if booking a seat is a
requirement of attendance at a particular lecture.
If you are not a member, and would like to attend a lecture as a guest of the Society, click here to send your name, contact details, and the subject of the lecture you would like to attend. We will confirm your attendance by email. The Society welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining the Society further details can be given to you when you attend the lecture.
This year the society celebrates its 40th anniversary with an anniversary lecture on 26th September and an additional lecture on October 3rd.
Mag. Paulus Rainer, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
40th Anniversary lecture
Benvenuto Cellini’s Salt Cellar: Some new thoughts, some new discoveries
The so called 'Saliera', the golden Salt Cellar finished in 1543 for King Francis I of France, is not just the only extant piece of work by the celebrated goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini; it is also a unique and typical work of Mannerism and one of the most important objects in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. A research project, which comprised technical approaches as well as historical and art-historical problems, resulted in an extensive new monograph. Some of the most fascinating thoughts contained therein will be presented in this talk.
The Society is delighted to announce an additional lecture on 3 October 2017
Hidden Gems - Jewellery Stories from the Salesroom
Raymond Sancroft-Baker, co-author with Sarah Hue-Williams of ‘Hidden Gems - Jewellery Stories from the Salesroom’, will discuss not only rare and important jewels, but also unusual pieces that have passed through his hands in the 30 years he has spent in Christies international jewellery department. He will draw on a wide range of periods, cultures and countries, revealing the origins of certain jewels and gemstones as well as stories regarding their owners. Sarah Hue-Williams will also be present to answer any questions.
The Rise and Fall of the Chatelaine
It is unusual for a particular type of jewellery to appear, be widely used for over 200 years, and then suddenly disappear from use completely. This is what happened to the chatelaine, a name only coined in the later years of its use. In this talk the chatelaine will be considered in the context of the world in which it was designed, made, sold, purchased and worn. Its relatively brief history throws light on the changing structures of the jewellery industry in the UK and on society during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
‘A timeless and classical perfection’: Cartier gold boxes, a visionary patron and a bet with Ian Fleming
In 1969, the collector Peter Wilding bequeathed to the British Museum 17 gold, gem-set and enamelled cigarette boxes made by Cartier. This lecture reveals why and how he commissioned these boxes, with much new source material, while interviews with the craftsmen who made them demonstrate their remarkable virtuosity.
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