Silver in London The Parker and Wakelin Partnership, 1760–1776 Helen Clifford

Publication date:
10 Nov 2004
Bard Center
256 pages: 286 x 248mm
120 b-w + 60 color illus.


The firm of Parker and Wakelin was the foremost silversmith in London for much of the eighteenth century, supplying royalty, aristocracy, and gentry with both domestic and ceremonial plate. This fascinating book draws on the firm’s records for this period to provide a remarkable account of patrons and their purchases and to investigate the social and economic structures on which the firm depended, revealing new information about the complex web of out-workers with specialist skills and raising questions of authorship.

Beautifully illustrated, the book is both a social history of consumption in Georgian London and an investigation into the world of working men and women at that time.

Helen Clifford is an honorary fellow of the Department of History at the University of Warwick and an independent scholar involved in the planning of upcoming exhibitions at Somerset House, London, and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

?[A] complete view into the establishment of Parker and Wakelin, foremost silversmiths for a greater part of 18th century London. Explores not only the company itself?through a close analysis of its records?but also the society, the patrons and even the workers involved in the trade. Comprehensive.??Art Times

"This well-illustrated and ambitious cornucopia of a book . . . has been eagerly awaited in the world of silver scholarship. . . . A very fine book which will become a standard work and find a place on the bookshelves of libraries, silver enthusiasts and students."?Ann Eatwell, Burlington Magazine