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POSTPONED – Paris Chapter: Les Mardis du Paris Chapter – Silver Zoo: Animals throughout Four Centuries of European Silversmithing

Tuesday, June 29, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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POSTPONED – Silver Zoo: Animals throughout Four Centuries of European Silversmithing with Thierry de Lachaise, Director of the European Silversmith Department at Sotheby’s Paris

After many long months of confinement, we will travel with Thierry de Lachaise across Europe, discovering the magical world of animals by silversmiths. For this adventure, we will travel through the world of European silversmiths, spanning the entire continent and all eras, showing the peculiarities of the countries encountered, such as that of the silver corporate cups in Germany in the 17th century or the magical animals of Ferreira in Portugal at the end of the 20th century, without forgetting Goudji, in Paris, whose highly poetic creations can be found in private collections as well as churches and cathedrals. Sometimes atypical, like the toothpick holder or childbirth scissors, sometimes icons of a well-defined era, such as the Rocaille style or the Empire style (where each member of the Imperial family will adopt an animal as an emblem), the fauna, perhaps also imaginary, has inspired the majority of silversmiths over the centuries. Get prepared for a stellar journey in silver! Jennifer Herlein, FHS Executive Director, will moderate this Zoom conference. At the end of this presentation, you will be able to ask your questions.

Thierry de Lachaise started out as a silversmith specialist at Christie’s in Geneva in 1991. Geneva was then the seat of the finest silverware auctions and the great collections followed one after  another. In 2000, he curated an exhibition on Argenterie de Lyon and Trévoux at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Lyon. Since 2001, he has been Director of the European Silversmith Department at Sotheby’s in Paris. He regularly gives lectures and teaches at art schools, eager to share his passion. He has frequent contacts with museums and, for example, recently sold two pairs of silver terrines to the Louvre Museum. His pronounced taste for nature, fauna and flora, allows him to combine his two passions in this conference. A member of FHS, he is also very sensitive to everything relating to the built heritage. He is responsible for presenting the Prix de la Demeure Historique on behalf of Sotheby’s, which rewards a restoration of painted decoration every two years.


In French via Zoom.

6 pm (Paris) / 12 noon (EST)

Contact Cassandra Surer to  enroll 

Upon payment you will receive a link to participate in the webinar. You must click on the link to enroll. You will then receive confirmation of your enrollment and the Zoom link for the webinar. You will receive reminders the day before and the day of the webinar.

Cost : 15€ / $17
Payment :
By check to the order of:  FHS-Paris Chapter (send to Cassandra Surer, 7 rue Méchain, 75014 Paris)
By bank transfer in euros: IBAN (International Bank Account Number) FR76 3056 8199 2600 0216 9600 429

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Mardis du Paris Chapter – 6/29/2021

For any questions, please contact Victoria Estivalèzes, Events and Development Officer.


Tuesday, June 29
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm