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Arts & Crafts jewellery’s unique place in British history
October 15, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Live, interactive online talk at Emery Walker’s House will set the scene with a snapshot of the jewellery industry in the run up to the Arts & Crafts movement, giving context to the protagonists’ work which was responding to the social, economic and political issues of the day. It will go on to cover the foremost features of Arts & Crafts jewellery and where it stands in the current market.
“The Arts & Crafts movement was hugely reactionary against the trends which had been permeating the British jewellery market for decades,” Sarah explains, “ The resulting jewels have a unique place in the history of British jewellery with their craftsmanship taking centre stage. This talk will aim to examine the overall state of the jewellery market in the late 19th / early 20th century and the place Arts & Crafts jewellers and jewels have within it.”
Sarah is kindly supporting this series of online talks at Emery Walker’s House as she says, “I’ve visited the Emery Walker house more than once now and every time I find it breath-taking.”
“As a local resident, it is such a treat to have this treasure on our doorsteps. The role the Walkers played, along with other local residents, in defining the Arts & Crafts movement is truly unique. For so much of their home to have been preserved unaltered for nearly a century gives us a unique gifted insight into the lives of these innovators.” as she is an admirer of by its Arts & Crafts interiors.”
“ I love Arts and Crafts furniture and jewellery as its all about the craftsmanship. The jewellery does not come up often at auction, but what sets it aside is it offers both an aesthetic and physical appeal, the pieces are very tactile.”
The talk will cover a range of designers and makers including May Morris, who lived at 8 Hammersmith Terrace and was good friends of the Walkers who resided next door at number 7. “I like to think she is a neighbour”, says Sarah, who originally hails from Florida, but was drawn to West London by its rich artistic heritage and moved from Hammersmith to Chiswick six years ago.
With the new normal meaning most of us are currently communicating via the internet and visible from the neck up, maybe this is the time to invest in a new necklace or earrings. You might even be tempted by a Victorian tiara!