Topics in Metalwork: British & American Silver, 1700-1950: From Craft to Industry to Studio

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Brit & Amer Silver 1700-1950

Fall 2018

Taught By: Deborah Waters

Section: A

CRN: 7155

Credits: 3

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries witnessed significant transformations in the styles, production, and distribution of precious metal objects in both Britain and the United States, with further alterations over the course of the first half of the twentieth century. Course participants examine these transformations through lectures, detailed independent object examinations, and study of relevant primary and secondary source materials. After an introduction to the properties of silver and gold, and to traditional and industrial techniques of fabrication and ornamentation, the course will focus on the products made by British and American precious metal smiths from 1700 to 1950, their manufacture and marketing, and their uses in the societies in which they were produced. Issues of identification and connoisseurship of precious metal objects will be covered, with a visit to the Cooper-Hewitt Product Design and Decorative Arts Collection to examine relevant objects. Students will participate in the development of an object list and related gallery labels for a proposed exhibition with the working title “Elias Pelletreau, Silversmith: Long Island’s Paul Revere,” to be mounted by the Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, New York, in the fall of 2018.

Open to: University graduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Parsons Dec Arts Cooper Hewitt (PD)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:26am 2/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:00pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/17/2018