Current Lecture Programme
Tuesdays at 6:00pm. Members and Guests.
Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE
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requirement of attendance at a particular lecture.
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‘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.
A History of Gemstones
From antiquity to the present, mankind has been fascinated with the wonders of nature, and not least of all, the smallest, and most valuable: precious gems. In this talk, Helen Molesworth, Managing Director of Gübelin Academy and Deputy Director of the Gübelin Gem Lab, will look at their availability and use through different civilisations and cultures, while also exploring their practical and emotional place in history. Join us to hear about myth, magic and mysticism, and the development of science and stories through thousands of years.
250 Years: The Jewellery Industry in Pforzheim, Rise and Transformation
Dr Zara Power Florio
All that glitters: Jewellers and Gems in Georgian Ireland
Although there is a plethora of studies written about Early Irish personal adornment, the history of Irish jewellers in the period thereafter has not been fully investigated. Through an examination of the production and consumption of jewellery in eighteenth-century Ireland, this lecture will examine the jewellery business, revealing a hitherto unexpected engagement with and desire for personal adornment in this period.
St John Simpson and Aude Mongiatti
Gold of the Scythians: art, culture and techniques
This talk will bring together new insights into the level of skill achieved by ancient Scythian craftsmen. It will discuss the range of techniques used to form and decorate gold items, mostly personal adornments, which are part of the Oxus Treasure in the British Museum and the Siberian Collection of Peter the Great, and will discuss these within the cultural background of the Scythians and their relations with the Achaemenid Persian empire. This work is based on new examination of these objects which was carried out in preparation for the BP exhibition 'Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia' which is on display at the
from 14 September 2017-14 January 2018.
Christopher Thompson Royds
Clasps: 4000 years of fasteners in jewellery
Anna Tabakhova, the author of 'Clasps: 4000 Years of Fasteners in Jewellery' reviewed in JHT issue 30 (Autumn 2017), will present a technical and art historical survey of clasps from the Bronze Age to the 21st century. Her talk will be based on wide-ranging research carried out in 22 museums and in 30 countries. She is also a collector and working jeweller, so will bring a unique perspective to this essential, but long neglected, element in jewellery. She has identified five different types of fastening methods for jewellery worldwide, and will explain how they work, paying particular attention to some remarkable examples in British and Irish museums.
Designers and Jewellery: Jewellery and Metalwork from the Fitzwilliam Museum 1850-1950
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