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TALK | A Chain of Silver Collectors, by Charles Sebag-Montefiore

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In this talk, trustee of the National Gallery and joint author of The British as Art Collectors, Charles Sebag-Montefiore, describes eight major items of silver, silver-gilt and gold from the Gilbert Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and speaks about their provenance, including the life histories of the families who previously owned them.

The Gilbert collection comprises many distinguished and well-known pieces of silver. What may be less familiar is the provenance of some of the individual pieces and the nature of the collections from whence they came. We explore some of the collectors who owned items of silver now forming part of the collection, including the Dukes of Cleveland, Leeds and Wellington, Earl Brownlow, Earl Cowper, Lord Swaythling and Alfred de Rothschild.


This lecture is one of a series of five talks arranged with the support of the Silver Society with experts revealing aspects of Silver from the point of view of the patron, curator, collector and maker. You may also be interested in:

William Beckford, Patron of Silversmiths, by Timothy Schroder

My Fifty Years in Silver, by Philippa Glanville

In conversation: Contemporary Collecting and Making, Adrian Sassoon and Junko Mori

In conversation: Fashioning Silver – Past and Present



Image: An ecuelle from a toilet service, comprising 24 pieces of silver-gilt, made c.1695 possibly by Philip Rollos, and acquired by the 1st Earl Brownlow of Belton House. The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum

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