Prior Conference 2019 Lectures

This page is included to give you an idea of the opportunities available at our conferences.  The next one will be in 2021, date and location TBD.

Gilding in fine art
Lynne Rutter
Monday, June 17, 9AM

Rutter will discuss the historical uses of gilt surfaces in art, including con-
temporary examples.

Building a business
Sandra Spannan
Tuesday, June 18, 9AM
Students will learn how to effectively build a small, successful decorative gilding business. This lecture will include a slideshow that illustrates self-promotion through various platforms such as Instagram, websites, post cards,brochures, and email outreach.  Spannan will also talk about how to run a business in the most effective and lucrative way. This will include details about payroll, finding and hiring artisans, office management, proposals and invoices, and more.

The Restoration of George and Martha Washington’sFront Parlor
Adam T Erby, Associate Curator of George Washington’s Mount Vernon &
Peter Miller, Principal, P.H. Miller Studio
Wednesday, June 19, 7PM

In 2017 the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, the national historic preservation organization that owns and operates George Washington’s Virginia home, began a complete restoration of the front parlor utilizing newly uncovered documentary evidence describing the long-lost furnishings in great detail. Over the course of the past several years, Mount Vernon curators and architectural historians have worked to restore the room to its appearance in 1799. The front parlor was Martha Washington’s space, the room in which she presided over the tea table and the couple’s received guests. Martha Washington also showed off her family in this space through a group of portraits she commissioned over the course of more than forty years. While many of the paintings survive, their original frames, objects that would have been key to defining the space, have long since been lost. Over the past two years, Erby and Miller have engaged in extensive documentary and physical research in an attempt to uncover the original appearance of the frames. Miller made replica frames for the room based on documented originals found on other artwork of the period. Over the course of this lecture, Erby and Miller will provide a history of the room and its restoration and they will trace the fascinating tale of reconstructing the front parlor’s frames.

The Sangorsky & Sutcliffe Bindery
Samuel Feinstein
Thursday, June 20, 9AM
Some of the most extravagantly gilt bindings in history were done by the Sangorski and Sutcliffe bindery, including their most famous “The Great Omar” which had over 1000 jewels in it, over 5000 leather onlays, and used over 100 square feet of gold, which went down with the Titanic. A second was completed and was fire-bombed during World War II. Feinstein will discuss this bindery and the research he has done on them, the books he has handled, and a few bindings he has done in their style.