British Silver: An Introduction
20th October 2021 - 24th November 2021 - Weekly 4pm - 6pm
In an innovative new collaboration, the Silver Society, the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre are to present an exciting online course on the history of British silver from the sixteenth century to the present day.
Each of the weekly sessions will be presented by Lucy Morton and Timothy Schroder and will be in two parts: beginning with a narrative chapter on the history and stylistic development of British silver, followed by a presentation focusing on a particular aspect of the history of the goldsmith’s craft.
The course will include discussions with Dr Dora Thornton (Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company collection), Dr Robert Organ (Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office) and Peter Taylor (Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre). A special feature of the course will be close-up visual access to the treasures of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s celebrated silver collection. Participants will be guided through topics such as silversmithing techniques, hallmarking, and fakes and forgeries.
Weekly course themes:
Week 1: The Tudor Period and Silversmithing Techniques (1)
Week 2: The Seventeenth Century and Silversmithing Techniques (2)
Week 3: Huguenot and Rococo, and Introduction to Hallmarks
Week 4: Neoclassical and Regency, and Fakes and Forgeries
Week 5: The Victorian Age, and Regional Silver
Week 6: 1900 to Today, and Connoisseurship
The course will be taught online through the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Zoom webinar platform. Each session will last for 120 minutes including a 5-minute break and a Q&A session at the end.
https://www.goldsmiths-centre.org/whats ... roduction/