John Benjamin will lecture on At The Sign Of The Falcon a talk about the jazz age jeweller and gold/silversmith Henry G Murphy, at the November 7 meeting of the Westerham Fine Arts Society at Westerham Hall.
John Benjamin is an independent jewellery historian, valuer, author and lecturer.
He began his career at Cameo Corner, the Bloomsbury jewellery shop notable for its stock of rare and beautiful ancient, Renaissance and Georgian gold and gem-set jewels.
Qualifying as a Fellow of the Gemmological Association and gaining the Association’s Diamond Diploma with distinction, he moved to Phillips, the Bond Street auctioneers, as a cataloguer in the Jewellery Department ultimately becoming International Director of Jewellery responsible for the auctions taking place in London and Geneva.
In 1999 he left to set up his own independent consultancy specialising in valuations, researching the history of jewellery, helping clients to buy and sell and undertaking presentations to corporate and private clients all over the country.
John conducts over 50 presentations, jewellery events and days of special interest every year and is a popular speaker for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS).
In 2006 he delivered a keynote speech to the Annual Jewellery Conference in America and has lectured at both Sotheby’s Institute and Christie’s Education.
John is well-known from his appearances on BBC Television’s national institution the Antiques Roadshow. He is author of Starting To Collect Antique Jewellery and is co-author with Paul Atterbury of Arts and Crafts to Art Deco: The Jewellery and Silver of H G Murphy.
One of the Society’s members,Elisabeth Lewis, has offered to be the new secretary
and consequently has been co-opted onto the Committee.