June 16 2022 ,
Worsall Village Hall 10.00-3.30
Address: 3 Church Ln, Yarm TS15 9QB link: https://www.worsallvillagehall.co.uk/
Cost and how to pay: cost £45
Please pay and book your place:
Contact Della Kerr Tel: 01325 721458
9 Hurworth Road,
Please make cheques payable to South Durham & North Yorkshire Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Or by Bank Transfer to
Sort code: 40-52-40
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Andrew Prince's consuming passion for jewels can be traced back to him swallowing one of his mother's pearl earrings as a 3-year old. Andrew's exquisite jewels have adorned celebrities including Michael Jackson, Miss Piggy, and the stars of Downton Abbey.
his entertaining and informative lectures on the history of jewellery and fashion have delighted audiences around the world. I still remember, from the most recent talk for us about the extension to Queen Adelaide's personal railway coach to allow her feet to fit in when she was sleeping.
10.00 am Arrivals and Coffee
10.30 -11.30 Lecture one: A Portrait of Jewels Following Missing Treasures Through Canvas
Andrew was inspired to produce this talk after visiting the National Portrait Gallery. Seeing all the Tudor, Stuart and Hanoverian monarchs, dressed in their finery, he wondered where had all their spectacular jewels gone? Among the many jewels he traces, Andrew follows ropes of glowing pearls that belonged to Catherine de Medici, Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and now Queen Elizabeth II.
He also follows a spectacular and historic diamond that belonged to King James I and was later sold, worn by Marie Antoinette, stolen during the French Revolution, purchased by a Russian Aristocrat and later mounted in a tiara by Cartier for an American heiress, who then became a British Member of Parliament.
Jewel hunting has never been more fascinating.
2.00-3.00pm Lecture two: Royal Jewels and the American Heiress: Antique Treasures from the New World.
In this talk Andrew shows that following the turbulent political times between 1870 and 1929, which culminated in the final collapse of the Russian and European Monarchies, countless astonishing art and jewel collections were dispersed, looted or sold.
Fortunately, this coincided with the growing wealth and power of America and its industrial millionaires, who were intent on creating sumptuous palaces of their own and filling them with the greatest paintings and furniture, together with weighing down their wives and daughters with the finest of recently purchased royal jewels.
In this talk Andrew explains how these fabulously wealthy heiresses then married into the British aristocracy, bringing many of these treasures with them. He shows with the decline of aristocratic power and the British Empire, how these legendary jewels have again been parted with and can now been seen by everyone in the world’s great museums.