Victorian Expert Offers Talk On Table Settings At Norwalk Museum

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The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is set to host a special lecture on silver in the Victorian Era on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Photo Credit: Courtesy Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk is set to host a special lecture on silver in the Victorian Era on Wednesday, Dec. 11. 

Jennifer Carlquist, an adjunct professor at SUNY-New Paltz, will present "Setting the Table with Science: Victorian Silver and its Technologies" at 11 a.m. Carlquist, who also serves as administrator of the Victorian Society in America Summer Schools, is also a former Winterthur Research Fellow and a graduate of the master's program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design at the Cooper-Hewitt.

"Nineteenth-century makers capitalized on its value by inventing new technologies to manufacture and imitate silver," said a press release. "Innovative technologies such as silver plating and new rolling and stamping techniques helped spur the growth of the silver article industry.

"By the late 19th century, silver—and its imitations— was accessible to many everyday Americans. Electricity also helped promote interest in antique silver. The 1840s process of electrotyping allowed exact copies to be made of Ancient, Mannerist and Baroque silver and gold. Museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art collected electrotypes, giving Americans access to Europe’s finest museums and royal treasuries in their own hometowns."

The lecture is 25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. The price includes lecture, lunch and a mansion tour. Lunch is courtesy of Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers. 

For more information on tours and programs, visit the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum website, email, or call 203-838-9799.

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