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.
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This year the society celebrates its 40th anniversary with an anniversary lecture on 26th September and an additional lecture on October 3rd.
Sparkling Times and My Work So Far
When Andrew Prince was nine, his mother took him to the ‘Princely Magnificence’ exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, where he saw splendid Renaissance jewels dating from 1500 to 1630. He decided then and there that he wanted to devote his life to creating beautiful jewellery. In this talk he will explain how he designs and makes his crystal jewellery. This has appeared in fashion magazines such as Vogue and Tatler, films such as The Young Victoria, television series such as Downton Abbey, and exhibitions such as ‘Tiaras, Past and Present’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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.
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.
Cartier gold boxes: a visionary patron and a bet with Ian Fleming
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