Silver in Georgian Ireland Symposium
Silver in Georgian Ireland symposium, National Museum of Ireland, Wednesday 30th May 2018
The Irish Georgian Society, Maynooth University and the National Museum of Ireland are partnering to deliver a symposium on Wednesday 30th May 2018 focusing on silver in Georgian Ireland.
The symposium will showcase new research by established and emerging scholars, and examine the circumstances in which silver objects were made, used, valued and displayed in Georgian Ireland.
The symposium will to appeal to both a general and specialist audience of academics, collectors and members of the public. It seeks to offer a variety of engaging perspectives on one of Dublin’s foremost artisanal trades during a period when new commodities, novel technologies and fashionable imports were transforming the market for luxury goods. The programme of talks will be complemented by a tour of the National Museum of Ireland’s silver galleries, an unrivalled display of Irish silver from the period, which will allow both experienced and novice silver scholars the opportunity to consider the artefact evidence at first hand.
2018 marks the 21st anniversary of the opening of the silver galleries at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. It thus represents a timely moment to reflect on one of the highlights of the decorative arts collection, which has not been explored before in the context of such a focused study day. The inclusion of speakers from the United Kingdom and Europe allows for a nuanced view of silver in Georgian Ireland, considering how the movement of people, patterns, and plate in the early-modern world affected what was crafted and coveted in Irish towns and cities.
Speakers include: Dr Toby Barnard; John R Bowen; Damian Collins; Dr Jessica Cunningham; Dr Alison FitzGerald; Professor Bert De Munck; Dr Tessa Murdoch; Dr Zara Power and Dr Thomas Sinsteden.
Acknowledgement: Silver in Georgian Ireland has been made possible through sponsorship from an anonymous donor, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Weldons of Dublin.
Silver in Georgian Ireland symposium programme
10am Welcome – Dr Audrey Whitty, Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division (Decorative Arts and History), National Museum of Ireland
Session 1: Chair – Dr David Fleming, Irish Georgian Society, Committee Member & Lecturer, Department of History, University of Limerick.
10.10am Dr Alison FitzGerald, Lecturer, Department of History, Maynooth University, Ireland, Changed utterly? continuity and change in Dublin’s silver trade during the long eighteenth century.
10.35am Dr Toby Barnard, FBA, Emeritus Fellow in History, University of Oxford, "Making the Grand Figure": the social currency of silverware in Georgian Ireland.
11am John R Bowen, Master Warden, The Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin, Smaller Cities-Irish Provincial Silver in the Georgian Era.
Session 2: Chair - Donough Cahill, Irish Georgian Society, Executive Director.
12.05pm Damian Collins, Postgraduate student, Department of History, Maynooth University, "The Metal stamp’d by honest Fame": the production and consumption of gold and silver boxes in Georgian Dublin.
12.30pm Keynote speaker: Professor Bert De Munck, Professor, Department of History, Centre for Urban History, University of Antwerp, Marks of Craftsmanship? an historical view on the politics of branding and hallmarks.
1.20pm – 2.50pm Lunch & Tour of the NMI silver galleries with Michael Kenny. (Delegates divided into two groups with 45 mins allocated for lunch & 45 mins allocated for tour)
Session 3: Chair – Dr Alison FitzGerald, Lecturer, University of Maynooth
2.50pm Dr Thomas Sinsteden, Independent Scholar, Plate Inventories as Evidence: The Dukes' of Ormonde Plate.
3.15pm Dr Jessica Cunningham, Independent Scholar, ‘Taken or Destroy’d’: the household silver of Castlecomer House, 1798.
3.40pm Dr Zara Power, Independent Scholar, The Magnetism of Fine Gems: jewellery in eighteenth-century Ireland.
4.05pm Dr Tessa Murdoch, Deputy Keeper, Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass, V&A, Elite gift exchange: a case study of Emily Lennox’s christening bowl.
5pm Close & thank you, Emmeline Henderson, Irish Georgian Society, Assistant Director & Conservation Manager
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