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Shell museum to present next lecture in series

By Staff | Sep 22, 2021

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/188481 Italian, probably Naples, Pin (part of a set), mid-19th century, Gold, shell (Cassia rufa), Overall: 1 3/4 ? 1 1/2 in. (4.4 ? 3.8 cm); visible cameo (confirmed): 26.4 ? 32.1 mm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. John D. Jones, 1899 (99.33.6)

In celebration of its 25-year anniversary milestone, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is presenting a lecture series available virtually and free of charge via Zoom. Extending through the fall, it will spotlight some of the diverse connections between shells and different fields of human endeavor.

The next lecture in the “Celebrating 25 Years” series is:

• Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.: “Shell Dressed: Seashells in Fashion and Jewelry” with Jean M. Burks, Shelburne Museum curator emerita, and Kory Rogers, Shelburne Museum’s Francie and John Downing senior curator of American Art.

Following their successful June lecture about shells in art, curators Jean Burks and Kory Rogers return with a new presentation to explore how mollusks are incorporated and interpreted in items of personal adornment throughout history. From Cleopatra to Alexander McQueen, classic cameos to contemporary creations, shells have been adored by celebrities, commoners and cultures around the world. Whether used as a dye for ancient royal garments or embroidered to a contemporary evening gown, threaded on string or set in precious metals, seashells have played an important and varied role in the design and production of fashion and fashion accessories for thousands of years.

The series is free, but advance registration is required at ShellMuseum.org.