Short course
Huguenot Silver: Turtles, Taste and Tureens

Wednesday 1 May 2019 - Wednesday 26 June 2019

  • Wednesday 1 May 2019 - Wednesday 26 June 2019

  • Seminar Room 4

  • Course price £325.00 - £378.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Huguenot silver was fashioned in London by several hundred French craftsmen. From regional French cities, Blois, La Rochelle, Metz and Rouen, discover how the British metropolis provided an exciting new arena for the French court style in cuisine and hospitality. You will learn how skills were transferred to native goldsmiths, the Huguenot network across Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland provided an international market.

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Course Leaders Tessa Murdoch, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Research Curator and Alice Minter, Curator, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

I have taken many Short Courses at the V&A and I come away each week feeling inspired, stimulated by the facts, and wishing to know even more. 2015/2016 Short Course Student

Course Overview

Huguenots produced new-forms of domestic silver for dining and display; helmet-shaped ewers or lavish epergnes and small-scale accessories. Gold boxes, ivory cane handles, and miniature portraits fed the demand for adult ‘toys’, beautifully cased watches and scent bottles. Their reputation attracted leading contemporary patrons. Generations of subsequent collectors ensure that silver marked by Pierre Harache, David Willaume, Paul Crespin, Paul de Lamerie, and Nicholas Sprimont is still treasured today.

Historical background, handling and tasting sessions and visits to other London collections will demonstrate the enduring interest in the work of Huguenot craftsmen.


Further information

• This course has a Half Term break on 29 May • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: Huguenot Silver: Turtles, Taste and Tureens

1 May 2019 - 26 June 2019

£325.00 - £378.00

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)