Gold Boxes: History, Hype and High Fashion

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Gold Boxes: History, Hype and High Fashion

Gold Boxes: History, Hype and High Fashion

Dates: Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December 2022
Times: 18.00–20.00 GMT
Location: Online (Zoom Webinar) 
Tutor: Alexandra Starp

Description: In the month most associated with giving presents, explore the remarkable complexities of gifting a gold box in the 18th century. Amongst royalty and nobility, gifting a snuff box or gold box wasn’t always straightforward – it may have concealed a political statement or comprised a subtle form of payment; it may even have represented a token of love or gratitude, or be a symbol of power, wealth or intellect.

But how did a simple, pocket-sized container for scented tobacco in the late 16th century, develop into an intellectual and dazzling status symbol in the following two centuries? The Wallace Collection’s outstanding gold boxes reveal the enormous variety of techniques, materials, dates and places of origin, helping us to investigate the fascinating history of these perfectly portable works of art.

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Joining Information and Format: This course will be taught through Zoom Webinar. Each course session duration is 120 minutes, including a five-minute break and Q&A session with the tutor. 

Tickets are for both dates of this course. Ticketholders will be emailed the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 24 hours in advance of the first course session, which should be retained for accessing both sessions. 

Course Recording: This course will be recorded. Within 48 hours of each course session, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only. 


Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
01/12/2022 18:00 20:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Course (Standard) £40
Online Course (Concession) £37
Online Course (Members) £35
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