Cost: Free

Summer Miscellany

The Society is delighted to announce that the newly discovered Lewis Chessman will be displayed at the Society for our soirée on Thursday June 27. 

A Lewis Chessman [A Warder ] (3) ©Sotheby’s

A Warder ©Sotheby’s ***

Thanks to the generosity of Sotheby's and Alexander Kader FSA, Senior Director Co-Worldwide Head of European Sculpture & Works of Art, Sotheby's, the chess piece will be on display in our library for the evening. Fellows who are attending the soirée will have the opportunity to see the piece up close before it goes to auction. This is a rare opportunity to see the Warder which is the first of the its type to emerge since the 'discovery' of the hoard in 1831. The piece, dated 13th Century, has been attributed to The Lewis Chessmen Workshop, probably Norwegian, Trondheim. It is one of the highlights of the Old Master Sculpture & Works of Art auction at Sotheby's on July 2. 

Fellows are invited to our annual summer meeting, where we will hear a miscellany of papers.

  • Unlocking a Collection:  T.E. Lawrence’s Photographs of French Medieval Architecture by Bill Woodburn FSA 
  • Falling Ball Clock Conservation Project by Dale Sardeson
  • Introduction to the Lewis Chessmen by Alexander Kader FSA

The Falling Ball Clock is returning to the Society following conservation and will be officially unveiled on the night in the Library. 



No booking is required for the miscellany of papers, and admission is free for Fellows (and their guests). The meeting is followed by our Summer Soirée (with Pimm’s and wine), to which all Fellows and their guests are welcome. Admission to the Soirée is by ticket only (£10).

Schedule for the evening:

16-16:20 – Ballot for election of Fellows in the Meeting Room. Visitors will not be admitted to the Meeting Room during the ballot. 

16.15 – Tea (Fellows and Guests welcome)

17.00 – Summer Miscellany

  • Unlocking a Collection:  T.E. Lawrence’s Photographs of French Medieval Architecture by Bill Woodburn FSA                            
  • Falling Ball Clock paper & presentation by Dale Sardeson
  • Introduction to the Lewis Chessmen by Alexander Kader FSA

18.00 – Reception (Fellows and Guests welcome)



Sotheby’s London, 2 July 2019

European Sculpture & Works of Art 

Attributed to The Lewis Chessmen Workshop

Probably Norwegian, Trondheim, 13th Century

A Warder

walrus ivory

8.8cm., 3½in.

Estimate £600,000-1,000,000


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