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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 03-27-2012 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[<gone from the internet> belmontmansion.com/2012/01/23/3rd-annual-tennessee-antiques-and-decorative-arts-symposium-characters-and-chronicles/]
The 3rd Annual Tennessee Antiques and Decorative Arts Symposium is April 20 and 21 in Nashville Tennessee. The year there will be tour of the Hermitage and a discussion of Andrew Jackson’s silver. Dr. Benjamin Caldwell author of Tennessee Silversmiths, Marsha Mullins Vice President of Museum Services at The Hermitage and Sarah Campbell Drury collector and author are the speakers on this topic.

The lectures are given at the Belmont Mansion that is located on the beautiful Belmont University campus.

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iconnumber posted 04-22-2012 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to report back on the Symposium held this weekend at the Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. My wife and I had a wonderful time touring the Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson, and listening to the speakers the next day on a variety of topics about decorative arts in the Tennessee area and neighboring states. I must admit that Nashville is the largest city close to where I live and I love going there. I lived most of my life in St. Louis and I do miss a large city. We have a favorite restaurant in their west end where we can sit at a window seat and just admire the world going by.

In any event silver and Tennessee was well represented at this Symposium. The folks at the Hermitage have a very nice collection of President Jackson’s silver and Sarah Campbell Drury the speaker at the Symposium gave a very learned talk about his silver and its importance of it in his life.
It was also interesting that after the talk, Dr Ben Caldwell and curator of the Hermitage fielded questions on the Jackson silver. Dr. Caldwell also brought some of his collection of early Tennessee silver just to look at and I am glad that he did. It was also noted that it was 23 years ago that his book on Tennessee silver was published.

Dr. Caldwell’s son, Ben Caldwell Jr. is a silver/copper smith and makes beautiful objects. He was at the last Nashville Antique and Garden show, but now seems to do mostly copper with silver only done on special order due the increase in the price of silver.

I also questioned the people at the conference if the coin silver water dipper appeared in their area. They were not familiar with this form and that in my mind strengthens the idea that this form was mostly used in Georgia. It was at the Henry Green Symposium in Athens, Georgia several years ago that I first learned about this form and have often wondered why it was not a more popular form.

Several of the speakers discussed the instinctive sophistication of the early settlers in Tennessee and its neighboring states and their desire for attractive and thoughtful processions. For reasons why I will never understand, country folks are often assumed as lacking a desire for the decorative arts. Perhaps it is part of the tribal mentality that seems to slow the human race down, but it was clear from the presentations that early Tennesseans were seeking beauty in their lives in the same way we do today.

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iconnumber posted 05-06-2012 11:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, ahwt, for advising of the symposium and the follow up review. So often we hear about upcoming events but then never hear about them after the fact. Thanks again for sharing.

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