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26 November 2018Silver and Social Custom. The use of silver through social customs in art followed by an afternoon identifying and discussing member's silverware

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Silver and Social Custom. The use of silver through social customs in art followed by an afternoon identifying and discussing member's silverware Ian Pickford Monday 26 November 2018

SPECIAL INTEREST DAY with Ian Pickford

Monday 26th November 10.00 – 3.00

To be held at The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning, BN44 3XZ

Ian Pickford is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company and a Freeman of the City of London. He lectures at the  Universities of London and Surrey as well as the V&A, the National Trust and The Art Fund. Ian also broadcasts regularly on both television and radio and is perhaps best known for his appearances on the Antiques Roadshow. However he is also an author and is the Editor of 'Jackson's Silver & Gold Marks'.


Most often when any piece of silver is examined and discussed it is in an Art Historical context. This is however an approach which, although valid in itself, often misses much that is important to the full understanding of the object.

In order to fully appreciate and understand any piece, it is essential to look at it in the context of the social customs and ways of life of the period in which it was made. Only then can the reasons for such things as silver chamber pots, elaborate dressing-table sets and lids on cups, be properly understood. 

Why for example were such extraordinary objects as Clock Salts produced in the Tudor period, and what did it mean to be above or below the Salt? How was mustard served in England before 1760 and why would you have been happy to drink from a 'poison cup' in the 16th century?

What was it that brought about the popularisation of the fork in the late 17th century and what has this to do with the Ewer and Basin evolving into the Sideboard Dish and Ewer?

All, and much more, will be revealed in our two morning sessions which will use images of contemporary paintings and objects to illustrate and bring to life the evolution of Social Custom and its influence on silver from 1066 through to the early l9th century. The afternoon session will be spent identifying and discussing members' own silver.

Sandwich lunch and glass of bubbly included

Tickets on sale from 9th July £35.00 at Monday Meetings or by telephoning the Visits Secretaries on 01273 554692 or 07942  898732