Worshipful Company of Pewterers - Lecture on Luxury

On Tuesday 30th October the Worshipful Company of Pewterers will host a lecture:





It will take place at 7pm followed by a drinks reception from 8pm until 9.30pm

held at Pewterers Hall, Oat Lane, London, EC2V 7DE.


Continuing the ‘Perception and Reality’ series this lecture will explore the birth and development of luxury. Tracing the evolution from necessary consumption to avid consumerism from an introduction to the ‘Silk road’ effect on import and exports to today’s luxury market. The talk will explore the phenomenon of the Lipstick Effect which was first recognised during the Great Depression when cosmetic sales increased by 25%, despite the convulsing economy. Comparisons of past luxury trends will also be explored, significantly the Tulip craze of the early 17thc when, at its peak, 40 tulip bulbs were sold for 100,000 florins (approximately £1,100,000 in today’s money).  However, is it so different to the current handbag craze where a Hermes Crocodile Birkin can retail for over £100,000?  Examples of the earliest Gucci bags will be shown and the audience will have a chance to experience the perfume dubbed ‘the most expensive in the world’.


“Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends.”

                                                                                                                          - COCO CHANEL


Tickets are £35 each, including drinks and canapes, with proceeds going to The Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund which provides small grants to ex-prisoners and their families in London, to help them stop offending and start a new life.  For more information go to: www.srfund.org.uk


Click here for tickets:      http://pewterers.org.uk/luxury-perception-and-reality       Direct link


·         Alternatively If you could please send a cheque to the Pewterers:

Luxury Lecture

            The Worshipful Company of Pewterers

            Pewterers’ Hall, Oat Lane

            London, EC2V 7DE

payable to ‘The Worshipful Company of Pewterers’  

or BACS: Account: Worshipful Company of Pewterers-  Sort Code: 18-00-02 Account No.: 07944705 


Lecturer Eleanor Mason Brown is Assistant Clerk of the Worshipful Company Pewterers’ organising their events and marketing.  Previously she worked at Christies Auctioneers, firstly in valuations then as a specialist. She has assisted on several notable Jewel sales such as the Doris Duke collection and prepared the Givenchy dress of Audrey Hepburn, made famous by the opening scene of the 1961 romantic comedy film Breakfast at Tiffany's, before it was sold for £467,200. Having studied Art History and trained in Graphic design she has created graphics and publications for several organisations including Christie’s, the BBC and marketing material for the Conservative party.


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