50+ unmissable sessions by inspiring speakers.
50+ unmissable sessions by inspiring speakers.
Amy Simon Hopwood is the Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum where she oversees the collections of American and European jewelry, silver, metals, ceramics, glass, furniture, clothing, textiles, toys, works on paper, and contemporary crafts, as well as the 1885 Ballantine House, a National Historic Landmark. Prior to joining the Newark Museum’s staff, she worked on contract projects with the Newark Museum’s Korean and Southeast Asian textile collections and volunteered for her predecessor, Ulysses Grant Dietz. She has also served as the San Diego Historical Society’s first Costume and Textile Curator, taught Honors courses on social history and gender studies at Long Island University, Brooklyn, and worked for Robert Lee Morris/Artwear. She has lectured on costume and textile history as well as material culture studies and currently lectures on the Newark Museum’s Decorative Arts collections. Amy holds degrees in Art History from Amherst College and in Early American Culture from the Winterthur Graduate Program. Currently she is working with a guest curator on an exhibition of Frederick Carder’s Steuben glass, Unexpected Color: A Journey Through Glass, opening on May 1st. She is also developing plans for the conservation and inventory of the Ballantine House period rooms for increased accessibility to the collections on view.
Susan Abeles is Head of Jewelry, Americas and Senior International Specialist at Phillips. Susan Abeles joined Phillips in February 2018 as Head of Jewelry for the Americas and Senior International Specialist. In her role, she has been responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for Phillips’ jewelry business in the Americas, one of the fastest-growing categories in the auction world. She has also been responsible for building a team in New York, working with new and existing clients on consignment opportunities, and creating cross-marketing opportunities within Phillips. Ms. Abeles is also committed to promoting new voices in jewelry – recently with the selling exhibition of jeweled works by Lauren Adriana. More than the exhibition, Phillips provided a platform for discussion on collectible jewelry as works of art.
Ms. Abeles has worked in the jewelry industry for over 30 years. During her career, clients have included Bulgari, Cartier, Musee of Decorative Arts, Harry Winston, Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Van Cleef & Arpels.
After graduating from university, with a focus on behavior and chemistry, Susan took her first job with William Doyle Galleries, Inc. starting in the bookkeeping department. She quickly moved to the Appraisal and Consignment Departments, where she learned about furniture and silver, before moving into the Jewelry Department. After fifteen years at Doyle’s, Christie’s offered Susan a job to run one of their New York Jewelry Departments, where she severed for seven and half years, before leaving to work for a small family owned business, Siegelson, to accommodate her young family needs. After ten years working with Lee Siegelson, the international premier jeweler, Ms. Abeles moved back into the world of auction with Bonhams, where she worked as the Head of Jewelry in the Americas for seven and half years, before coming to Phillips to help relaunch their American Jewelry Department.
Susan Abeles grew up in a family that had interest in modern design and 20th century American art. She has lectured, written, and appeared on television during the last thirty years. She is also a licensed auctioneer and has worked for important families such as the Rockefellers, as well as sold property for Gloria Swanson, Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, and Jackie Collins.
Since 2011, Amanda Womack has worked with Replacements, Ltd. connecting clients with the objects they yearn for. She travels the U.S, visiting shows and dealers, hand-selecting Estate Jewelry for sale in their showroom and on their website. She is an alumni of Guilford College, with a degree in Forensic Biology and Photography. While attending graduate courses at the Bryan School of Business, she studied the economics of secondary and recycled/scrap markets. She is currently studying at The Gemological Institute of America for her certification to become a Graduate Gemologist. She is a knitter, sauerkraut-monger and collector of all types of weird stuff.
Sotheby’s describes Christopher Walling as “undoubtedly one of the most exciting jewelry designers on the scene today.” His work has been featured in two PBS documentaries; the Nova program, “Mystique of the Pearl” and the Nature special “Diamonds.” Mr. Walling’s stunning designs have significantly influenced modern jewelry, especially in the first major use since the Renaissance of unusually shaped and rare baroque pearls, aside from Arthur King – as well as in his palette of solid colors. His creations have adorned such notables in society and the arts as the Maya Angelou, the Lily Auchincloss, Linda Gray, Brook Hayward, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Queen Noor of Jordan, the late and great Parisian hostess Sao Schlumberger, Danielle Steele, Renee Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor and Kathleen Turner. Mr. Walling uses every variety of gem in his work – often in shades with which we have not associated them, previously – if not also of gems themselves which have not even been mined before.
Descended from a notable line of activists, public servants and philanthropists, Christopher Walling is, in addition to his jewelry designing talents, “an erudite and thoroughly charming raconteur who leaves audiences enthralled.” Christopher has exhibited in museums from across America (in Honolulu alone more than a dozen times!) and private art-foundations in Istanbul (twice). His work is included in more than fifteen books about jewels and he has had a spectacular Abalone pearl named after him which was exhibited at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. in the same gallery as the Hope Diamond. The American Museum Natural History (New York City) included numerous pieces by him in three of their exhibits (“Pearls!” “Diamonds!” and “Gold!”) which traveled around the world for up to six years. he has also lectured at Sotheby’s – among other venues. He did not go to art school but studied political science AND started making jewelry when he was eight years old.
Bill Drucker of Drucker Antiques is the recognized authority of Georg Jensen silver jewelry, flatware and hollowware. Drucker Antiques was founded by Janet Drucker, the author of Georg Jensen: A Tradition of Splendid Silver.
An authority in Danish Silver, 20th Century Studio Jewelry and Arts & Crafts Period jewelry, William Drucker is also an experienced professional faculty member and lecturer. Bill has served as a faculty member for “The Annual Antique and Period Jewelry and Gemstone Conference” lecturing in Georg Jensen and 20th Century Studio Jewelers. Janet and Bill have given lectures for special events at the Georg Jensen store and are often invited to lecture for various antique shows and modern design events.
Drucker Antiques are qualified appraisers offering full appraisal services. Drucker Antiques is a member of the Appraisers Association of America and The Palm Beach Appraisers Association. All appraisals are USPAP compliant.
Sarah Davis is a jewelry historian, author, and editor for the American Society of Jewelry Historians. She was editor and a co-author of Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection and author of Anna Hu: Symphony of Jewels, Opus 2. She is the Director of Communications for Siegelson, a 100-year-old New York gallery presenting the top examples of twentieth-century jewelry.
At Siegelson, Sarah has handled some of the most important and beautiful jewelry available anywhere in the world and she has worked with museums looking to acquire important pieces—including The Cincinnati Art Museum, Newark Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. By researching art and jewelry, placing it in an art historical context, and occasionally confirming important provenance, Sarah shows the importance of great jewelry throughout history. She also handles all press and social media for Siegelson.
Sarah has a degree in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University and a minor in Architectural History. She was an editor for illustrated books on art and design topics at The Vendome Press before focussing on jewelry. She has worked on great jewelry books including The Jeweled Garden, Seaman Schepps: A Century of New York Jewelry Design, and Raymond Yard.
Neil Marrs seeks out the bold color combinations and clean lines of collectible jewels by pivotal 20th Century designers such as Verdura, David Webb, Seaman Schepps and Schlumberger.
Active in the international jewelry trade now for 24 years, the majority of that time as a private dealer specializing in signed fine jewelry, his key interest is in the history of 20th Century society and the glamorous jewels of lost eras. He’s fascinated by vintage advertisements, period photographs, and oral history which document jewelry’s place in time and how it was worn. Not surprisingly, he works closely with company archivists, museums and jewelry historians to identify iconic pieces and their provenance.
Neil grew up in Marblehead Massachusetts, has a BS degree in Chemistry from Georgetown University and an MA degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard. In 1989 he completed the Sotheby’s Works of Art course in London. After years of travel, work for Christie’s auction house in New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he found his way to the world of fine jewelry.
Jewelry relates directly to wealth, power and status–which leads to some exciting tales–but it also reveals personal history–which makes it intimate. It’s meant to be worn rather than hidden away.
Neil’s entertaining and informative talks relate to fashion and lifestyle as much as they reference history.
Current obsessions: dramatic examples of 60s and 70s jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and Sterlé.
Katherine Ward, G.G., is a jewelry nerd with a BA in Art History from Syracuse University. She has had the privilege of looking at shiny things in a number of capacities at The RealReal, Christie’s, Tiffany & Co., the Library of the Uffizi Gallery and the Silverworks Museum at the Pitti Palace, Florence. Ethical and sustainable jewelry represents a life long focus in addition to jewelry history.
Ward draws significant influence from the reverse anthropology method proposed by Dr Jennifer Roberts. Studying jewelry as artifact allows for an examination of the technology, politics and values of the people who produced it. Also, it tends to be sparkly.
July 23, 2018, 12.30-13.00
July 24, 2018, 11.30-01.00
July 25, 2018, 02.30-03.30