Symposium: ‘Commerce with all the World’ - Being a goldsmith in the 16th and 17th centuries


19 January, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
£45 (including lunch and refreshments).
A symposium to celebrate the landmark publication of 'Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London: Their Lives and Their Marks' by Dr David Mitchell.


The event will present new research from some of the leading scholars in this field: David Mitchell, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Metropolitan History, and Mark Merry, Acting Director of the Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, will discuss the creation of a database of 14,000 goldsmiths which formed the basis of the book, and led to the attribution of over 500 marks.

The lives of important European silversmiths will be explored by Matthew Winterbottom, Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Ashmolean Museum, and Michèle Bimbenet-Privat, Conservateur general, département des Objets d’art, Musée du Louvre. Matthew will talk about his work on Van Vianen and Cooqus as royal goldsmiths, while Michèle will discuss Étienne Delaune, and what it meant to be a Huguenot and a silversmith during the French Wars of Religion.

Spectacular silver objects, their makers, retailers and buyers will be the theme of James Rothwell, Senior Curator & Silver Adviser at The National Trust, when he discusses ‘Thomas Wickes, the King’s confidante and a mighty cistern’.

Tessa Murdoch, Acting Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass, V&A, will look at another set of remarkable objects in her talk, ‘Irons in the fire: late 17th century London marked silver fire furniture’.

1601 Roger's Salt

Examining the world of the early modern goldsmiths from a new angle, Hazel Forsyth, Senior Curator, Medieval & Post-Medieval, Museum of London, will present her new work on jewellers and goldsmiths in 17th century London depositions. Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin, Postdoctoral Researcher, Metropolitan Science Project, will share her research on relationships between assayers and working goldsmiths.

Delegates will have the chance to see a selection of the archival documents at the heart of David Mitchell’s remarkable 17-year project. 

Advance booking essential. Book tickets through the Goldsmiths' Fair website, link below.

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