We are excited that the entire 6 days of the 32nd Annual Whitehall Summer Seminar are set!
The first two days, July 22 & 23, are devoted to the study of antique silver, Advanced Silver Analysis taught by the astute Peter Tinkler, one of America’s leading dealers and silver experts and assisted by his deeply respected father Rod, the founder of the business 40 years ago. Peter has a wry humor and a true genius for the presentation of complex topics ranging from the difficulties of Old Sheffield Plate to the unmasking of altered pieces (estimates suggest that over 70% of the antique English silver found in America is flawed, often seriously).
The next two days are taught by me and Elizabeth, American Federal Furniture and Its English Antecedents, including a day of lectures and a day examining the brilliant Federal collection of Richard Jenrette at Ayr Mount Plantation (literally turning the pieces upside down and inside out examining their construction, wood choices, design, etc.).
The final two days bring back after a long hiatus–and by loud popular demand– Dr. Doug Lay “laying out” the intricacies of oriental carpets, both old and the frightening modern copies of the last 20 years! Doug is a teacher of unparalleled ability and you will learn to recognize all of the types of rug construction, the types of knots identifying styles and regions, identification of the principal city and nomadic rug types (its the back that tells the story–not the pretty top!). The first day is lecture with hands on, the second day in The Persian Carpet Oriental Rug Gallery is primarily hands on with identification tests and challenges.
Details and registration will be on the website under Education shortly. Mailings will be in a few weeks to past participants.