CURRENT GALLERY LECTURES
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Contact Maggie Hall at The Gallery on 01423 705 198 or send an enquiry using our contact form
The Gallery Lectures are a fun and relaxing way to share Susan’s knowledge on the history of jewellery. The Gallery opens and 10.30am and coffee is served from 10.45 until 11.15 when Susan will present the lecture for an hour and then lunch is served. The Gallery is open for you to see the current jewellery collections and chat with Susan about valuations or the redesigning or repairing of any jewellery you may have or a particular item you may be looking for.
Time 10.45am – 2pm Price £36/person
including coffee on arrival and a light sandwich lunch with a complimentary glass of Prosecco or cold soft drink
The Gallery can be hired for your own private event – ask Susan or Maggie for more details
High Society – The Jewellery of Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin
Friday 5th, Thursday 11th or Saturday 20th (Full)
A presentation which delves into the lives of celebrities such as Claudette Colbert and Marlene Dietrich to showcase the most exquisite jewellery of the collaboration of the American jewellery firm Trabert & Hoeffer with the Parisian house Mauboussin. The firm is often lost in the shadow of Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels, but their jewellery never disappoints. From semi-customised jewellery referred to as ‘Your personality in a jewel’ to the dazzling one of creations, this is a presentation which will inspire the designer in all of us!
Saturday 3rd, Thursday 15th or Friday 23rd SOLD OUT!! Waiting List only
Extra Date Added: Friday 30th
As the nights draw in lets us brighten our days with the delightful collection of jewellery owned by Queen Mary. Enough said – one not to be missed!
This series of lectures provides an exciting opportunity to learn about the relationship between jewellers and fashion designers and to see how fashion and jewellery have been so closely associated. From individual jewellery pieces to the patrons who supported the designers this series of lectures will be a feast of sumptuous design.
The House of Chanel
Saturday 6th, Friday 19th or Thursday 25th SOLD OUT – Waiting List only
By popular demand (and we can never have enough of Chanel!), we are re visiting the world of Chanel.
Chanel was a woman who brought a sense of freedom to fashion and jewellery design. She is seen as having invented the look of the twentieth century, taking women out of corsets and putting them into bathing costumes. With Chanel costume jewellery became acceptable not only when worn on its own but also when intertwined with gem jewellery. This presentation will delve into the character of Chanel so that we can understand how her romantic relationships helped to shape her style both in fashion and jewellery design, creating one of the most successful brands of all time.
The House of Dior
Saturday 10th, Friday 16th or Thursday 22nd SOLD OUT! Waiting list only
Christian Dior founded the House of Dior in 1947 and the ‘New Look’ was born. His intention was to create a look in fashion that was a radical break from the past and emphasized femininity. To Dior jewellery was not just an accessory but was part of the complete look. His creations were designed to complement the clothes not to take away from them. His look was such a success that he opened a fashion house in 1948 called ‘Dior Costume Jewelry’ His jewellery is still highly collectable and this presentation will show how he created such a successful company and how it is still sought after today.
‘Surrealism Meets Beauty’ – The Art of Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli
Saturday 8th or Thursday 13th
Elsa Schiaparelli brought the world of Surrealism to fashion and inspired jewellery designers such as Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Triolet and Alberto Giacometti to produce stunning collections, sold under Schiaparelli’s name. This presentation will look at her inspiration and most importantly her collaborations with Salvador Dali and his brilliance as a jewellery designer.
‘Stunning Beauty’ – The Jewellery Collection of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret
Friday 7th, Saturday 15th or Wednesday 19th SOLD OUT! WAITING LIST ONLY
The jewellery collection of Princess Margaret was as magnificent as her beauty and complimented her fashion sense and lifestyle. As we look at her stunning collection, sold in 2006 by Christie’s, we will be lost in a world of antique and contemporary jewellery and accompanied by fascinating tales of their acquisition and owner.
‘Welcome to the High Life’ – The jewels of Marjorie Merriweather Post
Friday 11th, Saturday 26th, or Thursday 31st
Marjorie Merriweather Post is well known as one of the most important collectors of Cartier Jewellery. This presentation will look further into her collection and see how she loved all styles, spanning centuries of design. Her collection has been described as being on the same level of collecting as Elizabeth Taylor and the Duchess of Windsor. If so, then this lecture is definitely one not to be missed – what better way to see off those January blues!
Saturday 12th or Friday 25th
Cleopatra, Maria de Medici and Elizabeth Taylor are amongst a number of important figures associated with famous pearls that will be discussed during this presentation. From love to tragedy, we will see how powerful the pearl has been in history and the legacy they have left.
‘Ahead of their Game’ – The ‘Advanced Design’ of Archibald Knox and Liberty
Friday 8th or Saturday 16th SOLD OUT! WAITING LIST ONLY
We now call ‘Advanced Design’ Modernism. This was a movement that stemmed from the revivalist principles of William Morris, the Pre Raphaelite brotherhood and the Aesthetic Movement. This presentation will unveil the importance of these influences and how, as a result, Knox and Liberty flourished and changed the nature of design during the Art Nouveau period.
Oscar Heyman – WHO?
Friday 1st, Saturday 9th or Thursday 14th
Despite being one of the finest jewellers of the C20th, the name of Oscar Heyman is relatively unused. Why is this? It is because the firm wanted it that way. They made jewellery for some of the best jewellery houses of the C20th including Van Cleef and Arpels, Tiffany & Co and Cartier. This talk will unveil the importance of these exceptional jewellers who never took the limelight away from these big name jewellers – until now!