Symposium: Gold Boxes at The Wallace and V&A

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 24, 2010

From The Wallace Collection:

Going for Gold: Craftsmanship and Collecting of Gold Boxes
The Wallace Collection and the V&A, London, 26-28 November 2010

A year after the opening of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries at the V&A and the Boudoir Cabinet at the Wallace Collection, both museums are celebrating the art of the gold box in 18th- and 19th-century Europe. Leading international experts will speak on different centres of production including Paris, Geneva, Hanau, Berlin, Dresden, St Petersburg and London. Papers will illustrate design sources for boxes, diplomatic gifts, the challenge of recognizing fakes and the leading collections assembled by monarchs and bankers.

£112 for two days / £94 concessions / £30 students
£56 for one day / £47 concessions / £15 students
(Includes a wine reception at the Wallace Collection on Friday 26 and lunch at the V&A on Saturday 27)
Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

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F R I D A Y,  2 6  N O V E M B E R
The Goodison Lecture Theatre, The Wallace Collection

9:30  Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Introduction

  • Rosalind Savill (Director, The Wallace Collection), Welcome
  • Tessa Murdoch (Deputy Keeper, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass, V&A), Setting the Scene: Snuff-Taking, Fashion and Accessories

10:40 Centres of Production: France and Switzerland

  • Charles Truman (Independent scholar), ‘From the Boîte à Portrait to the Tabatière’: The Production of Gold Boxes in Paris
  • Vincent Bastien (University of the Sorbonne, Paris), The Manufacture of Gold Boxes in 18th-Century Paris: The Ducrollay Workshop
  • Julia Clarke (Sotheby’s London), Swiss Boxes: Myth or Reality

12:30  Lunch (not provided)

13:45 Centres of Production: Germany

  • Winfried Baer (Former Director, Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg), Berlin: Gold Box Production in Berlin for Frederick the Great and Other Patrons
  • Jutta Kappel (Curator, The Green Vaults, Dresden), Dresden: Makers of Gold Boxes Neuber, Stiehl and Taddel
  • Lorenz Seelig (Former Deputy Director, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich), Gold Box Production in Hanau: The Extended Workbench of Frankfurt and its Annual Fair

15:15  Refreshments

15:45 Centres of Production: Russia

  • Olga Kostiuk (Curator of the Gold Treasury, Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg), The Manufacture of Gold Boxes for the Tsar in St Petersburg
  • Alexander von Solodkoff (Independent scholar), St Petersburg: Ador and Russian Boxes

16:45  Discussion led by Lorenz Seelig and Charles Truman
17:30  Reception and Viewing of Wallace Collection of Gold Boxes with Rosalind Savill and Charles Truman

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S A T U R D A Y,  2 7  N O V E M B E R
Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

9:30  Registration and Refreshments

10:00  Mark Jones (Director, V&A), Welcome and Introduction

10:05  Centres of Production: England

  • Vanessa Brett (Independent scholar, former Editor of the Silver Society Journal), Retailing Gold Boxes in London and Bath
  • Richard Edgcumbe (Senior Curator, Metalwork Collections, V&A), George Michael Moser

11:05  Designs, Materials and Techniques

  • Peter Fuhring (Scientific Advisor, Paris, Fondation Custodia), The Ducrollay, Drais, Ouizille Album in the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Alvar Gonzáles-Palacios, (Rome, Independent scholar), Florentine Hardstone Boxes
  • Judy Rudoe (Assistant Keeper, Prehistory and Europe, British Museum), Micromosaics in Gold Boxes

12:35  Discussion and lunch (lunch provided)

13:45  Collecting Gold Boxes

  • Maureen Cassidy-Geiger (Independent scholar and Cooper-Hewitt Museum/Parsons, The New School New York), Gold Boxes as Diplomatic Gifts
  • Ute Christina Koch (Independent scholar), Count Brühl and the Status of Porcelain Boxes
  • Reinier Baarsen (Keeper of Decorative Art, The Rijksmuseum), Romanticism or Deceit: Some Faked Gold Boxes in the Rijksmuseum
  • Kathryn Jones (Curator, British Royal Collections), Gold Boxes in the British Royal Collections
  • Pippa Shirley (Curator, Waddesdon Manor), The Rothschilds as European Collectors of Gold Boxes

16:45  Discussion led by Charles Truman and Richard Edgcumbe

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S U N D A Y,  2 8  N O V E M B E R
A day of special events celebrating Gold Boxes at the V&A, various locations, V&A, free, no booking required

11:00-13:00 Gold Boxes at the V&A
A chance to view the superb collections of Gold Boxes displayed in the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery and the Arthur and Rosalinde Gilbert Galleries in the company of Charles Truman (Independent Scholar), Joanna Whalley (Gemmologist and Senior Metals Conservator, V&A), and Richard Edgcumbe (Senior Curator, Metalwork Collection, V&A). This is a drop-in session for general discussion which will begin in the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries.

14:00-16:00 The Art of the Goldsmith and Enameller
Watch David Cawte, gold and silversmith, and enameller Jane Short create a decorated gold box. Art Studio, Sackler Centre

15:00-16:00 The Gilbert Collection at the V&A
Timothy Schroder (Independent Scholar and former Curator of the Gilbert  Collection) and Heike Zech (Curator of the Gilbert Collection, V&A) explore the making of the Gilbert Collection and discuss its highlights. Meeting Point, Grand Entrance

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In keeping with the theme, November’s Treasure of the Month at The Wallace is this gold snuff box, from Berlin, ca. 1760:

This glitzy, diamond-covered box certainly attracts attention. Imagine how the gold and diamond decoration would have sparkled across the crowded room in the candlelight, catching the eyes of those around.

Snuff, introduced into European society from the Americas as the powdered leaf form of tobacco, became popular with all levels of society, men and women alike. Such was the fashion for snuff that, by the mid-18th century, a market had developed for elaborate containers for wealthy consumers.

The enamelled scenes are taken from the late-16th-century epic poem Gerusalemme Liberata, by Torquato Tasso, which tells a heroic story of battle and love during the First Crusade. The enchantress Armida tries to kill the great crusader knight Rinaldo, but instead falls in love and bewitches him. . . .

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