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Beyond the Border
Huguenot Goldsmiths in Northern Europe and North America

Edited by Tessa Murdoch

Tessa Murdoch is Deputy Keeper, Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass, Victoria and Albert Museum. She has curated important and well received exhibitions, and contributed to their catalogues, including The Quiet Conquest: The Huguenots, 1685–1985 (Museum of London). She is interested in patronage of and international influences on the decorative arts and has drawn heavily on archival sources for her published work.


Beyond the Border sets the lives and work of Huguenot goldsmiths in the context of the different societies in which they lived and worked. Distinguished international scholars explore the contributions of individual goldsmiths drawing on new research. Michèle Bimbenet Privat examines the lives and work of Huguenot goldsmiths in France during times of tolerance of the Protestant religion in the 16th and 17th centuries. She explains how protestant craftsmen dominated regional centres but found establishing a presence in the metropolis more challenging. The influence of the Louis XIV style was greater on the leading Dutch goldsmiths in the late 17th and 18th centuries. In contrast to London, first generation Huguenot goldsmiths played only a minor role in their adopted cities of The Hague and Amsterdam. Those who settled in Berlin and Kassel, often from Metz in Northern France, made a greater impact through the purity of style in which they continued to work in the 18th century.

Those who settled in the English-speaking world benefited from ambitious patronage from noble and professional clients. Goldsmiths who settled in the American colonies had more in common stylistically with those who worked in Dublin and Cork. First generation Huguenot goldsmiths in London set the pace for the next generation which produced in Paul de Lamerie one of the most successful craft businesses of his generation. Beyond the Border explores the transatlantic links between the Huguenot goldsmiths who settled in Europe and America.

List of Illustrations
Preface by Mark Jones, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum

Part I Huguenot Goldsmiths in Northern Europe
Introduction to Part I Christopher Hartop

1 Huguenot goldsmiths in France prior to the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes
Michèle Bimbenet Privat

2 Huguenot Goldsmiths and their influence in The Hague in the Late 17th Century
Jet Pijzel-Dommisse

3 Huguenot goldsmiths in Berlin and Cassel in the 17th and 18th Centuries Hans Ottomeyer

Part II Huguenot Goldsmiths in the English-Speaking World
Introduction to Part II Philippa Glanville

4 Huguenot goldsmiths in Colonial New York and Philadelphia, 1680–1750
David L. Barquist

5 Huguenot goldsmiths in Colonial Boston and Charleston
Beth Carver Wees

6 Huguenot goldsmiths in Ireland: Cork
John Bowen

7 International Influences on Paul de Lamerie and Second-generation Huguenot goldsmiths in London
Tessa Murdoch

Appendix: Biographical details of the Huguenot goldsmiths recorded
The Contributors

“Impressive and beautifully illustrated. For anyone interested in silver, the decorative arts, or Huguenot history in the late 17th and 18th centuries, this book brings together disparate themes in a thought provoking way, especially since it relies on the most recent scholarship and includes essays by experts from several countries.” Huguenot Times

“A solid, beautiful, and exceptionally well documented piece of silver literature.” Silver Magazine

“Murdoch, deputy keeper of sculpture, metalwork, ceramics, and glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, edits contributions from well-known international scholars on the oeuvre and society of Huguenot goldsmiths. Divided into two parts, the first discusses the goldsmiths in northern Europe, namely France (prior to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes), The Hague, Berlin, and Cassel, while the second examines the craftsmen in English-speaking areas such as Ireland and colonial New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Charleston; this section also includes a discussion of international influences on second-generation Huguenot goldsmiths in London. Appendices list biographical details of the goldsmiths listed in each geographic location.” Reference & Research Book News


Publication Details

Hardback ISBN:
Page Extent / Format:
192 pp. / 297 x 210 mm
Release Date:
May 2008
  Illustrated:   Includes 100 illustrations and colour plate section
Hardback Price:
£39.95 / $75

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