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Matthew Boulton: Manufacturer of “What All the World Desires to Have.”


American Decorative Arts Forum
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
7:15 – 8:00 PM
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum
Admission :  $10 SFDC Members and  $15 Non Members

Colonial Williamsburg’s Dr. Janine Skerry presents an illustrated lecture on England’s Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), who in the late 18th century was as famous as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckenberg. 

At age 17, he perfected inlaying enameling on buckles, the first of many acclaimed technological and entrepreneurial innovations. Another venture, with Ami Argand, produced a new type of lamp that gave brighter light without offensive smoke and smell.  American customers for these attractive lamps included George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. 

Other innovations included toy making, manufacturing fused silver plate (Sheffield plate), dramatically increasing the output and efficiency, and a joint venture with James Watt, of the steam engine fame, which fundamentally changed factories and mining.

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