Talk

Michael Backman: Courtly Splendour

2 May 2024
6:30pm to 9pm
Free to all

Art historian and author Michael Backman will lead a fascinating talk about the Malay ancient tradition of working with silver and gold as well as the appeal their craft had for collectors in the Victorian era. Recent research reveals that some goldware produced by the Malays, was wrongly attributed to goldsmiths in London.

Art historian and author Michael Backman will lead a fascinating talk about the Malay ancient tradition of working with silver and gold as well as the appeal their craft had for collectors in the Victorian era. Recent research reveals that some goldware produced by the Malays, was wrongly attributed to goldsmiths in London.

Michael will show fine examples of Malay silverware during the talk.

This talk coincides with the publication of his latest book, Malay Silver and Gold: Courtly Splendour from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Brunei, the first book on this topic in more than 100 years. Signed copies will be available to purchase at a discounted price.

Useful Information

  • Doors open at 6:30pm for the chance to explore the historic house.

  • The talk with Michael Backman will take place in Leighton's studio from 7-8:30pm

  • Book signing from 8:30-9pm. Doors closed at 9pm.

  • Bar will be open throughout the evening.

  • This is a free event and capacity is limited. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have booked a ticket but cannot longer attend, so that we can release the space to someone else.

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12 Holland Park Road, London, Greater London, W14 8LZ
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