Wednesday 26 Oct 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

In the 17th century tea and coffee were imported to England from foreign lands such as China and Arabia. The growing taste for tea and coffee prompted silversmiths to supply numerous elegant pieces of equipment with which to serve it.

In this lecture Matthew Lafite will introduce us to some of the key pieces from The Brookes Bequest that relate to the serving of tea and coffee as well as utensils used alongside: kettles, urns, sugar containers and tongs, cream and milk jugs, coffee biggins, and teaspoons that could all be fashioned from silver.

We will also learn about items used specifically with serving, consumption, and the pleasure of drinking alcohol. A strength of this collection is tankards.

MATTHEW LAFITE is a specialist in English, Irish and Scottish silver and a member of the London Association of Art & Antique Dealers and the Australian Antique Dealers Association. Matthew is approved to value English, Irish and Scottish silver dating from 1300 onward, for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

This lecture is presented on-site at The Johnston Collection. Please see your ticket for details.

This lecture is supported by The Colin Holden Charitable Trust.

This lecture coincides with the exhibition SPLENDID and its accompanying publication which are supported by a specified fund established from the Estate of Mr. Clive Hele (Roger) Brookes.

image captions:
detail from Joseph Van Aken c.1699–1749
An English Family at Tea, England, circa 1720
oil paint on canvas | 994 × 1162 mm
collection of Tate Britain, London, N04500
presented by Lionel A. Crichton through the Art Fund 1930
Creative Commons

Jonathan Madden
chocolate pot, London, hallmarked 1705
sterling silver | 240 x 170 x 110 mm | mark of Jonathan Madden
The Johnston Collection (A1657), bequest of C H (Roger) Brookes, Melbourne, 2021

attributed to John Bridge
attributed to James Betham
coffee jug, London, hallmarked 1827
sterling silver, Ivory | overall 315 x 190 x diameter 175 mm | mark of John Bridge or James Betham
The Johnston Collection (A1522), bequest of Mr. Clive Hele (Roger) Brookes, Melbourne, 2021, in memory of his parents Sir Wilfred Deakin Brookes, CBE, DSO, AE and Mrs. Betty (née Heal) Brookes

SOLD OUT This event is currently at capacity. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email or call The Johnston Collection on (03) 9416 2515 and we will contact you if places become available.