Lectures on Art, Antiques and collectibles

   
   
   
   
  Lectures may be held at home circles by choice. It is possible to conduct
  a course, by assembling lectures from the list below. Written material will
  be distributed in most lectures.
   
  A private lecture, held at the convenience and intimacy of your home,
  may also be an original idea for a present! – for a collector, or anyone
  interested in art or antiques.
   
 

*Special prices for ordering at least 3 lectures!

   
  Hereinafter is a wide selection of lectures for you to choose from (please
  contact me for a topic that is not on the list and may interest you to hear
  about):
   
 

"What's it worth?" (1-1.5 hours)

   
  Introduction to art appraising. In this lecture I will discuss the types of
  values, the reasons for valuation, and basic terms in art appraising. As
  well as the status of art appraising in Israel, in comparison with the rest of
  the western world.
   
 

Who’s Afraid of Art? (1.5 hours)

   
  Introduction to Investment in art has already proven itself as highly beneficial. Whether you wish to buy art for personal use and enjoyment or if you wish to invest in art, there are some important things you should know.
  A first lesson for the beginner art collector. How to buy? What to check? What is important to know?
  Basic tools and tips for those who wish to buy art works in an educated and smart way.
   
 

How to become a collector? (2-3 hours)

   
  Who's a collector? What is considered a collection? Tips and guide lines
  for the beginning collectors – How to start? What to collect? Where to
  buy? – Answers to all of the above and more…
   
 

Art-Nouveau – Origins and Characteristics (1.5 hours)

   
  The reasons for the rise of this style in the late 19th Century, its
  inspiration sources, and the ways it has been realized in different
  countries and in different art and design fields.
 

The lecture is digitally illustrated.

   
 

Art-Deco – Origins and Characteristics (1.5 hours)

   
  The reasons for the rise of this style between the two World Wars, its
  inspiration sources, and the ways it has been realized in different
  countries and in different art and design fields.
 

The lecture is digitally illustrated.

   
 

Collecting Silver (3 hours)

   
    The lecture will include: -Techniques of creating and decorating silver
    (From the 17th Century forward)
 

- Silver plating techniques

 

- Sliver identification – silver hallmarks of the world

 

- Identifying fake silver

  - Helpful information for restoring, cleaning and storing silverware.
    The lecture is digitally illustrated, and includes silverware for demonstration.
   
 

Introduction to old jewelry (1.5 or 3 hours)

   
  The lecture will discuss different types of gold alloys, calculation of price
  for gold jewelry (new), basic terms and characteristics of antique jewelry
  (i.e. clasps, gemstone cuts and settings in different periods of time).
  The lecture is digitally illustrated, and includes real pieces of jewelry for demonstration.
   
 

Introduction to Gemology – getting 

  to know gemstones (1.5 or 3 hours)
   
  The lecture will discuss the basic characteristics of mostly used
  gemstones, the difference between organic and non-organic stones,
  imitations verses synthetic gems, different cuts etc. with emphasis on the
  diamond and its pricing.
  The lecture is digitally illustrated, and includes real gemstones for
  demonstration.
   
 

Victorian Jewelry (1820-1900) (1.5+1.5 hours)

   
 

The lecture is given in two parts:

  Part A – The first half of the 19th Century – continuing traditions from the
  18th Century, Naturalism, Romanticism, Symbolism and Sentimentalism
  Part B – The second half of the 19th Century – Revivals, Foreign
  influences and new ideas.
  The lecture will discuss the stylistic developments, materials used, 
  decorating techniques, characteristics and motifs, while mentioning the
  leading designers of each period of time.
  The lecture is digitally illustrated, and includes real pieces of jewelry for
  demonstration.
   
 

Art-Nouveau Jewelry (1895-1910) (1.5 hours)

   
  The lecture will discuss the social changes and stylistic developments in
  the turn of the Century, materials used, decorating techniques,
  characteristics and motifs, while mentioning the leading designers of that time.
  The lecture is digitally illustrated, and includes real pieces of jewelry for
  demonstration.
   
 

Art-Deco Jewelry (1920-1930) (1.5 hours)

   
  The lecture will discuss the social changes and stylistic developments
  between the Wars, materials used, decorating techniques, characteristics
  and motifs, while mentioning the leading designers of that time.
  The lecture is digitally illustrated, and includes real pieces of jewelry for
  demonstration.
   
 

Costume Jewelry (3 hours)

   
  The lecture will discuss the "affordable" jewelry starting at the late 18th
  Century, through the 19th Century, and especially in the 20th Century, also
  referred to as the 'Golden Age' of these pieces of jewelry. Imitation
  gemstones, metals and man made materials of these periods will be
  discussed, in comparison to the "real" ones used in fine jewelry, while
  mentioning some of the leading designers of those times.
  The lecture is digitally illustrated, and includes real pieces of jewelry for
  demonstration.
   
 

Cartier – Jewelry & "Objets de Vertu" 1900-1940 (1.5 hours)

   
  The stylistic inspirations and designs reflected in Cartier's jewelry and
  "Objets de Vertu", in its three branches – Paris, London and New-York –
  in their most significant and important years.
 

The lecture is digitally illustrated.

   
 

Portable Vanity Items 1900-1960 (1.5 hours)

   
  A close look at some of the "vanity" items carried in women's purses in
  the first half of the 20th Century, such as: powder, make-up and lipstick
  cases, cigarette cases, lighters, mouthpieces and more. All these items
  were made in a vast range of qualities, by a vast range of designers from
  the haute couture designers to the cheapest mass productions.
  The lecture is digitally illustrated, and includes authentic demonstration
  items.
   
 

Introduction to Antique Furniture (3 hours)

   
  The lecture will provide tips on how to examine an antique piece of
  furniture – where and what to look for… Introduction to the materials and
  techniques used in certain periods (woods, venires, screws, upholstery
  etc.) The lecture will also discuss the identification of wood wear, worm
  holes (real and fake) and more.
   
 

German/ Austrian  furniture of the 19th Century –

 

The Biedermeier Style (1.5 hours)

   
  In this lecture I follow the development of furniture design in Germany,
  Austria and the neighboring countries, during the 19th Century – materials
  used, techniques and motifs.
 

The lecture is digitally illustrated.

   
  French Furniture of the 19th Century (1.5 hours, can also be
  expanded to a 3 hour lecture in one or two parts, starting
 

from the 16th Century)

   
  In this lecture I follow development of furniture design in France during
  the 19th Century (not including Art-Nouveau) – the different styles that
  were popular in different years, materials and techniques used, motifs, and more.
 

The lecture is digitally illustrated.

   
 

English Furniture of the 19th Century (1.5 hours, can also be

 

expanded to a 3 hour lecture in one or two parts, starting

  from the 16th Century)
   
  In this lecture I follow the development of furniture design in Britain
  during the 19th Century (not including Art-Nouveau) – the different styles
  that were popular in different years, materials and techniques used, motifs, and more.
 

The lecture is digitally illustrated.

   
 

Silver Overlay Glass (1.5 hours)

   
  An introduction to this unique type of glassware and its special
  decoration technique. I will look and examine the ways to collect, and
  discuss its market status.
  The lecture is digitally illustrated, and includes silverware for demonstration.
   
 

Architecture and design between the two World Wars – The 

  Bauhaus and the Art-Deco (3 hours, can be taken in one or
  two parts)
   
  The lecture will examine the currents and influences that evolved into the
  "International Style" in architecture, and how it has been realized in
  Europe and the United States. The lecture will also discuss the
  developments in decorative design between the Wars in the fields of
  fashion, daily consumed products, and especially furniture, and will
  examine the differences between European countries and the United States.
 

The lecture is digitally illustrated.

   
  Antique Photography (1839-1910) (1.5 hours)
   
  An introduction to the first techniques of photography, examination of the
  ways to collect, and the market status.
   
  The lecture is digitally illustrated, and includes antique photos for
  demonstration.
   
   
 

Upon request, additional lectures may  

  be given in various subjects, i.e.:
   
 

Silverware – English / German…

 

Pewter ware/ Zinc – history, characteristics and qualities…

 

Jewelry – The 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's…

 

Furniture – Art-Nouveau / Art-Deco/ Italian/ Scandinavian/ Shaker…

 

 

  Moreover I can offer lectures on various subjects in Fine Art, i.e.:
 

Baroque Art – Architecture, Painting and Sculpture

 

Rococo Art – Architecture, Painting and Sculpture

 

Impressionism

 

Van Gogh

  Surrealism
 

Picasso's Guernica – THE Political Artwork of the 20th Century

 

And many more…

   
 

Auction Preview Guided Tour

  (1.5 hours) – for groups or individuals
   
  This tour will take place in an auction house preview for antiques and
  artifacts. It will include an explanation of auction rules and regulations,
  the essence of the "contract" with the auction house in cases of selling or
  buying, and the catalogue's advantages and disadvantages.
  A guided examination of items will follow, along with purchasing tips
  and consultation on items such as: silverware, oriental carpets, furniture,
  jewelry, bronze sculptures and more… by demand.

ADI GISHES
M.A. Arts & Curating
Certified Art Appraiser
Since 1996