FINE ART ASIA 2020 Academic Programme


Inspiring Feathers in Jewelry
Presented by L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts


Speakers:  Ms. Catherine Maudsley, Art Advisor, Art Historian, Curator
  Ms. Patricia Zilkha, Art Historian, Lecturer at L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific, School of Jewelry Arts
Date: 28 November 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 3:45 – 4:30pm
Venue: Lecture Hall
Language: English


Whether be-jeweled birds fly in gold, platinum or precious stones, jewelry artists have always been attracted by feathers… But why? Let’s enjoy looking at how birds and their feathers became a major subject for the creation of jewelry, from the past to the present, from the East to the West.


Catherine Maudsley
is an art historian, art advisor, curator, educator and writer. Her interdisciplinary practice brings together strategic thinking, sound methodologies and decades of hands-on-experience. Catherine serves as the senior advisor and curator to distinguished private art collections such as the M K Lau Collection in Hong Kong and to others worldwide. She curated the critically-acclaimed exhibitions Irene Chou Rediscovered: Paintings from the M K Lau Collection in Hong Kong and The Journey – Wesley Tongson at the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco.

Catherine Maudsley has lectured for global forums and a wide range of institutions, including Christie’s Education, the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong; the HKU Space Executive Programme with Art Basel and Central Saint Martin’s; Hong Kong Art School; Sotheby’s Institute of Art and UBS Art Education Series. As a moderator, she has facilitated conversations for the Asia Society, Christie’s Forum, L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels and many others. She has contributed to and edited a number of art related books and has published in Arts of Asia, Orientations and elsewhere.

The recipient of over twenty awards for exceptional achievement, she was a Connaught Research Scholar at the University of Toronto, a Canada-China Scholar at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Hong Kong. She has served on the Executive Committees of the University of Hong Kong Museum Society, and the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Art School Council.



Patricia Zilkha
is the founder and creative force of V Vintage Jewels, a jewellery company based in Hong Kong specialising in high quality and unique antique and vintage pieces. The carefully curated collection of jewels dates from the early 19th century with a strong focus on the later Victorian era through to the 1970s period. From a very early age, Patricia became fascinated by the beautiful craftsmanship and variety of antique and mid-century designs.

Patricia holds a BA in History from Yale University and a MA in History from the Graduate Institute, Geneva and lectures at the L’Ecole School of Jewelry Arts on the history of jewellery. She is also passionate about contemporary art and 20th century design and is involved in philanthropic activities related to the visual arts and culture.