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

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Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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

After many long months of confinement, we shall travel through Europe with Thierry de Lachaise, Director of the Department of European Silverware at Sotheby’s Paris, to discover the magical world of animals crafted in silver. During this adventure through European silverware, we shall cross the continent and all periods, by showing the peculiarities of each country visited such as, for example, the German “coupe de corporation” from the 17th century or the magical animals from Ferreira Portugal at the end of the 20th century, not to leave out Goudji, in Paris, whose poetic creations were included in many private collections as well as churches and cathedrals. Sometimes atypical objects, such as a toothpick or childbirth scissors, are icons of a specific period such as the Rocaille or Empire styles. Each imperial family member adopted a animal emblem. Other works include wildlife, at times imaginary, which has inspired the majority of silversmiths through the centuries. Prepare for an extraordinary journey! We shall be warmly received by Cassandra Surer at her home.

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. “Pass Sanitaire” required.

6:30 pm – the address will be provided to those enrolled a few days prior to the event

Please Contact Cassandra Surer to  enroll 

Cost : 50€ / $60
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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Paris Chapter: Zoo Silver – 9 November 2021


Tuesday, November 9
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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