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.
Lectures are individually priced at £38* and include coffee on arrival and a light sandwich lunch with a complimentary glass of fizz.
We can accommodate specific dietary requirements. Please allow at least 72 hours’ notice of such requirements.
On lecture days the doors to The Gallery open at 10.30am.
Coffee will be served from 10.45 Please note the lecture will start at 11.15 and we request you are in The Gallery by 11.10 to ensure a prompt start.
LATE COMERS – FOR THE PLEASURE AND COMFORT OF ALL COURSE ATTENDEES: Once the lecture has commenced a sign will be placed on the Gallery entrance door and we will be unable to allow admission until 12.15 when lunch is served.
The Gallery can be hired for your own private event – ask Susan or Maggie for more details
Georg Jensen Unveiled
Thursday 7th, Friday 15th or Saturday 23rd Georg Jensen one of the most famous Danish jewellers of the C20th set up his own workshop in 1904. He produced jewellery with a unique style for over two decades. By the 1920’s he was beginning to introduce other designers into his workshop. This lecture will look at these designers including Sigvard Bernadotte, Nanna and Jorgen Ditzel, Astrid Fog, Henning Koppel, and Arno Malinowski, to show how they influenced the new Jensen Style.
French Decadence – The Jewels of Empress Eugenie
Friday 8th, Saturday 16th or Friday 22nd Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, had a unique sense of fashion for jewellery during her time as Empress of France between 1853 and 1870. She loved to buy jewellery and also design it herself. With a particular love for diamonds this lecture will be one to impress and it will show why she was also known as the ‘Empress of Jewels’.
The Cheapside Hoard
Wednesday 13th – ‘The Cheapside Hoard’ is one the most historically important finds of C17th jewellery. ‘The Cheapside Hoard – London’s Lost Jewels’ at the Museum of London in 2014 was, in our opinion. one of the most exciting jewellery exhibitions in recent years. This lecture will unveil the importance of this find and why it is a priceless collection for all us jewellery enthusiasts.
‘Creative Innovation’ – The Jewellery of John Donald, Andrew Grima and David Thomas
Friday 5th or Thursday 25th Looking at three of the most important revolutionary designers of the 1960’s & 70’s, this presentation will illustrate the new creative style of design that was emerging in the jewellery world. These Jewellers bring a fresh approach to not only design, but the way jewellery was marketed, displayed and also worn.
Jewels of the Greek Royal Family
Saturday 6th, Thursday 18th or Friday 26th The Greek royal family is a branch of the House of Glücksburg that reigned in Greece from 1863 to 1924 and again from 1935 to 1973. The family had one of the most impressive collections of royal jewellery. This lecture will follow the collection from Victorian times through to the present day and look at how the jewellery has been distributed over the decades, by marriage, throughout Europe
Wednesday 3rd – Bulgari was founded in Rome in 1884 and is considered one of the finest jewellers of the C20th. Their colourful creations have been found in many famous collections including Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Hutton. This lecture will bring to life the importance of the Bulgari style, from the elegance in craftsmanship to the use of exquisite gemstones and their passion for Italian history.
Parisienne Chic – The Jewels of Juliette Moutard
Thursday 2nd, Friday 10th or Wednesday 15th Juliette Moutard created exquisite jewellery in the C20th for one of the top jewellery companies, René Boivin. She was strongly influenced by Suzanne Belperron who had worked at the firm previously. This lecture will showcase the work of one of the top designers who has been described as being “In the shadows” for much of the C20th.
Russian Mysteries – The Jewels of Lady Deterding
Friday 3rd, Thursday 9th or Saturday 18th SOLD OUT!! (Waiting List only) Lady Lydia Deterding, born Lydia Pavlovna Kudoyarov, was married to the exceptionally wealthy Sir Henry Deterding, who had a very successful career in the oil industry. Her collection of jewellery is one which was essential for the life she led as part of international high society. This lecture will look at these exceptional jewels which included Russian pieces given to her by Grand Duke Cyril of Russia, who granted Lydia the title ‘Princess of the Don’ for her help aiding Russian emigrés.
Wednesday 22nd – This lecture will uncover that there is certainly more to Tiffany jewellery than the ‘little green box’! Tiffany started making jewellery in America in the late C19th. During this lecture we will see how the firm developed, turned to advertising and introduced important designers such as Schlumberger, Paloma Picasso and Elsa Peretti to become the major brand it is today.
JUNE to SEPTEMBER 2019
This series of lectures will look at some of the most exceptional sapphire, ruby and emerald set jewellery that has graced the collections of Empresses, Queens, Celebrities and Collectors as well as specific stones which have made record prices at auction. Where possible the current locations of such pieces will also be revealed.
The Splendour of Sapphires
JUNE – Thursday 6th, Saturday 15th or Friday 21st
The Romance of Rubies
JULY – Friday 5th, Saturday 13th or Wednesday 17th
SEPTEMBER – Thursday 5th, Saturday 7th or Friday 13th
JUNE – Saturday 8th, Friday 14th or Thursday 20th
Karl Gustavovich Fabergé was a second generation jeweller from St Petersburg. By the start of the C20th Fabergé was employing hundreds of craftsmen. This lecture will look at some of the key figures who helped to create the hugely successful Fabergé Empire. These exceptionally talented craftsmen will include The Holström Family of jewellers, Alma Phil, A Tillander, Henrik Wigström and Mikhail Perkhin. A feast of magnificent jewellery and exceptional talent awaits!
Jewels of the Caledonian Nobility
JULY – Thursday 4th, Saturday 6th or Friday 12th
For decades, the Royal Caledonian Ball was one of the most picturesque sights of the London social calendar, raising money for Scottish Charities and bringing the opportunity for family heirlooms to be worn. From the lesser known Princess Maud, Countess of Southesk to the Duchesses of Atholl, Buccleuch and Argyll to name but a few, this presentation will delve into the fabulous collections of jewellery owned by the Scottish Nobility.
SEPTEMBER – Friday 6th, Thursday 12th or Saturday 14th
Cartier is one of the most successful jewellery businesses in the world. This presentation will concentrate on the jewellers who worked for Cartier including Jean Cocteau who introduced the Trinity Ring, Charles Jacqueau who brought in the Great Cat designs, Jeanne Toussaint who was promoted to Director of High Jewellery in 1933 and Aldo Cepullo who joined the firm in New York in 1969 bringing a contemporary Italian look to the range.
Terms & Conditions: Tickets are non-transferable. Refunds can only be made in exceptional circumstances or when we can fill a place due to a waiting list. Unfortunately, we are not in control of the weather and unless we cancel a lecture due to inclement weather, we are unable to make a refund.