When the impatient Lord Carnavon asked Howard
Carter what he could see on first looking into the tomb of Tutankhamen he
replied ‘wonderful things’
, an apt description of the treasures of the
Schroder Collection some of which were displayed at the Wallace Collection in
London in 2007. The collection of Renaissance silver is one of the most
important to remain in private hands. Formed by the Anglo-German Schroder
banking family between about 1870 and 1930 it includes outstandingly beautiful
and valuable historic objects from England, Germany, Italy and elsewhere, some
formerly belonging to princely collections such as the House of Hanover and the
renowned Green Vault at Dresden as well as from the great civic hordings such as
the massive cup given by the city of Luneberg to the future George I of Britain.
Timothy Schroder, the great-grandson of Baron Schroder, is a historian of silver
whose career has involved both the commercial and the curatorial sectors; after
heading Christie’s silver department he became Curator of Decorative Arts at the
Los Angeles County Museum. Subsequently he was a director of Partridge Fine Arts
and then, as its Curator, set up the Gilbert Collection at Somerset House.
Lately as a Consultant Curator at the Victorian and Albert Museum he has advised
on the new and stunning permanent displays of Continental and Sacred Silver.
This event is by kind invitation of our sponsors, Messrs Clarke