huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields

Speaker: Dr Alexandra Gerstein

Venue: Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN

6pm

Admission £5.50 (including booking fee)

The Courtauld Family: from Silversmiths to Art Collector

This talk will cast a light on the history of one of the most celebrated Huguenot families in England. It will begin with Augustin Courtauld, whose father, a wine cooper from the island of Oléron near La Rochelle, emigrated to London in the wake of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. From about 1700 to 1780, three generations of the Courtauld family worked as silversmiths, creating high quality domestic silver for a range of wealthy clients. We will focus on the work of Augustin Courtauld (1685/6-1751), his son Samuel (1720-1765), Samuel’s widow Louisa, née Perina Ogier (1729-1807), who ran the Courtauld workshop upon her husband’s death, and their son Samuel II (1752-1821), with whom she signed pieces. In the 19th century the family moved into the textile business, producing mourning cloth, and in the early 20th century, inventing and patenting a new material – rayon – that imitated silk at an accessible price. The talk will end by focusing on Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947), the pre-eminent collector of Impressionist and Post-Impressionists paintings in England at the time, and on the founding of the Institute which still bears his name.

Speaker biography:
Alexandra Gerstein is the Curator of sculpture and decorative arts at the Courtauld Gallery, where she is responsible for a wide-ranging collection, including Huguenot silver made by the Courtauld family in the 18th-century, furniture, medieval ivories, Renaissance maiolica, glass and sculpture, as well as Islamic metalwork, and 19th and early 20th century sculpture. Her research interests are in sculpture, architecture and the history of collecting in the 19th century. Publications include ‘Thomas Gambier Parry: Collecting in the Gothic Revival’ in John Lowden, Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery (Paul Holberton Press, 2013), and catalogues accompanying exhibitions on Empress Josephine’s collections at Malmaison (2007), the Bloomsbury Group’s Omega Workshops (2009), and most recently Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement (2016-17)

 

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