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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Free Lecture

Confucius Institute at University
of Glasgow Sponsors Lecture

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2012
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Room 201, John McIntyre Building, University Avenue, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Speaker: Adrien von Ferscht

Chinese Export Silver (1785-1940): Jewel in the
Crown of 1200 Years of Chinese Silver-making

A talk formulated in the wider context of the 1200 years of history of Chinese silver making, combining relevant anthropological and cultural elements as well as the role the Opium Wars played in expanding the production of Chinese Export Silver. Doing so highlights the context behind what was is in reality the jewel in the crown of a long tradition of master silver making that drew in and absorbed outside influences to create what we recognise today as the “Chinese style.”
A fascinating and broad-spectrum insight into a much-forgotten world!
The focus will be on the silver, there will be a huge amount of history that encompasses Chinese and Maritime History, Anthropology, Invention, Economics, History of Art and Judaic studies.
Adrien von Ferscht is one of the foremost experts in Chinese Export Silver in the UK for this unique sector of antique silver. He acts as an independent consultant and expert to museums, important private collections and private collectors, academics and enthusiasts around the world.
He is currently writing a comprehensive history of Chinese Export Silver and has compiled a detailed catalogue of Chinese Export Silver makers’ marks that will be shortly published in digital format.
He undertakes public lectures on the subject of Chinese Export Silver, most recently at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and is actively involved with several universities and academics.

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