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Atlanta  |  Tuesday November 14

Lecture   Jewels of Scandal & Desire: British Jewelry, Country Houses & Collections

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center    351 Peachtree Hills Ave NE  |  6:30 PM

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Historian & Speaker

Curt DiCamillo is an architectural historian and authority on the British country house. He has taught classes in Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and the School of the MFA.

Mr. DiCamillo leads tours on the architectural and artistic heritage of Britain. Since 1999 he has maintained an award-winning website, The DiCamillo Companion to British & Irish Country Houses (TheDiCamillo.com), which seeks to document every country house, standing or demolished.

In recognition of his work, he has been presented to the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and The Prince of Wales.

He is a member of The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is an alumnus of the Royal Collection Studies program and The Attingham Summer School.

He is currently Curator for Special Collections at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. From 2004 to 2012 he served as Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA (today he serves as Executive Director Emeritus).

Previously, he worked for 13 years for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Jewels of Scandal & Desire: British Jewelry, Country Houses & Collections

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Shimmering, captivating, and corrupting. Great jewels have dazzled people for millennia, their beauty and value producing respect, deception, love, and betrayal.

Whether an enormous diamond, a jewel-encrusted heraldic pin or an Order of the Garter star, the language of jewels subtly and sometimes ostentatiously coveys a statement of power, position and wealth.

This lecture will explore how the 18th-and 19th-century British ruling classes, modeling themselves on the ancient Roman Empire, used jewelry to reinforce their positions in society and awe their peers.

The aristocratic families that owned these jewels, such as the Marquis of Londonderry, were at the pinnacle of British society. They often hosted glittering soirées at their expansive country houses—such as the Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth—and grand London homes, where their jewels were shown off to great effect.

British Royals collected jewels for both state and private use and notable collectors included Queen Mary and Princess Margaret who amassed collections of extraordinary tiaras, necklaces, brooches, etc. Where there is wealth and power, there are always stories about jewelry.

Historian Curt DiCamillo will discuss the tales behind these noble families, their houses, and their jewels, all weaving together to create a glittering web of power and position.

Atlanta  |  Tuesday November 14

Lecture   Jewels of Scandal & Desire: British Jewelry, Country Houses & Collections

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center    351 Peachtree Hills Ave NE  |  6:30 PM

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