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Recycling Luxury

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Posted by: Christie's Education London
Deadline: Fri, July 5th, 2019

 Christie’s Education London Conference: Recycling Luxury

July 5, 2019 


The concept of luxury is associated with ideas of excess (luxus) or even worse immodesty (luxure). An infamous example involving Cleopatra dissolving a priceless pearl and swallowing it encapsulates some common associations between luxury and immorality, or luxury as intrinsically linked to the idea of waste.

This conference, designed to coincide with Classic Week at Christie’s London, intends to go beyond the common connotations attached to the concept of luxury, and challenge them. It will posit that luxury cannot be seen entirely in the light of dissipation. Rather it will explore the links between luxury and the idea of recycling i.e. the re-using, repurposing, remaking, reshaping of luxury materials and objects across time and place, hence giving more space for discussion to this understudied historical phenomenon.

There will be speakers from Christie’s auction house, the National Trust, Imperial College London and The Holburne Museum, to name a few. Panel sessions include: ’The Circular Economy’, ’Thrifty Opulence’, ’Symbolic (Re-) Appropriation’, ’Provence as a Form of Recycling’ and ’The Afterlife of Luxury’.  Full programme information is available at


Event information

July 5, 2019 (9.00am – 7.15pm)


Christie’s Education London

42 Portland Place

London W1B 1NB


Ticket price: £40 (£25 for students)


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Contact details for further information

Jacqui Ansell (

Marie Tavinor (

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7665 4350


Posted on Wed, May 29th, 2019
Expires on Fri, July 5th, 2019

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