|Bowes Museum, Raby Castle & Rokeby Park
“The Castles of County Durham”
A two-day, overnight outing
Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 11:30 am – 11:30 pm and
Thursday, 28 April 2016, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Howard Coutts, Curator, The Bowes Museum, has kindly agreed to host an afternoon visit of the French Porcelain Society. Billed as ‘a French château in the North of England’, the Bowes Museum houses an outstanding collection of European fine and decorative art. John and Joséphine Bowes, who founded the museum, formed an extensive collection in Paris in the mid-nineteenth century, rivalling the great national museums that were being formed in London and Paris. From 1861 they employed an art dealer, Benjamin Gogué, to identify acquisitions, and act as curator and conservator. Two other dealers, M. Lamer and Mme. Lepautre, were also engaged to hunt for suitable purchases. John or Joséphine approved every object. Ceramics include collections of French soft-paste porcelains and faience, Sèvres, Paris porcelains, Continental, British and Oriental ceramics. Since our last visit, in 2003, the Museum has acquired the Lady Ludlow collection of English porcelain. (For more details see reports in the FPS Newsletter, Autumn 2003, Letitia Roberts, Linda Roth and Richard Deacon)
The following day, after dinner and rest at the historic Morritt Hotel, Claire Owens, Curator, will welcome us to Raby Castle, home of the Nevilles and from 1626, the Vanes, and now under the care of the 11thBaron Barnard, a title created in 1698. Despite its medieval exterior, it houses an impressive art collection; most notably, from a ceramic point of view, five Meissen animals from Augustus the Strong’s collection in the Japanese Palace acquired at Christie’s in 1835. There are also some Sèvres pieces that will be of interest to members (see Malcolm Gutter’s report, FPS Newsletter, Autumn 2003). Following lunch at Raby Castle, we will visit Rokeby Park, a stunning Palladian country house, completed in 1735, located on the banks of the River Tees and River Greta. It is the private home of Sir Andrew Morritt, in his family’s care since 1769, and open to us by special permission, through his curator, Dr. Sally Davies. The house is best known as the former home of Velázquez’s The Toilet of Venus, in the National Gallery. The interiors are by John Carr, the architect of Harewood House, Yorkshire; there is an eighteenth-century print room, and some fine examples of Sèvres and other ceramics.
A Painterly Obsession: Sèvres Painters at the Wallace Collection with Dame Rosalind Savill
Thursday, February 11th 2016
Dame Rosalind Savill, DBE, FSA, FBA, President of the French Porcelain Society and former Director of the Wallace Collection, has kindly agreed to host a study session at the Wallace Collection, focusing on figure painting on porcelain. A selection of pieces from the world-renowned collection of Sèvres porcelain will be available for close examination through the assistance of Helen Jacobsen, Head of the Curatorial Team at the Wallace Collection with curatorial responsibility of French 18th-century Decorative Arts. The group will examine the work of the manufactory’s celebrated painters, including Caton, Dodin, Morin and Vielliard, discussing their signature styles, chosen subjects and unique personalities.
FPS Visit to château de Versailles, France – La Chine à Versailles : art et diplomatie au XVIIIe siècle
Monday 07 July, 2014
La Chine à Versailles : art et diplomatie au XVIIIe siècle / China at Versailles : Art and diplomacy in the eighteenth century (27 May through 26 October 2014)
10.45 Meet at the inner golden gate at Versailles
11:00 Tour of ‘La Chine à Versailles’ exhibition with Marie-Laure de Rochebrune, exhibition curator, and Vincent Bastien, assistant.
13:15 Leave for lunch at Esprit d’Atelier, 5 rue du Vieux Versailles
14.30 Visit the new presentation of Mesdames Apartments with Marie-Laure de Rochebrune and Bertrand Rondot, curators.
16.30 End of visit.
The exhibition tells the story of the political and artistic exchanges between China and France in the eighteenth century and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1964. Some 150 works of art illustrate the French taste for Chinese artistic productions and the fascination with descriptions of China provided by the French Jesuits throughout the eighteenth century. Loans are from several French institutions (Louvre, Guimet, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Centre National Monuments and elsewhere), English royal collections, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, and private collections. The arrival of the ambassadors of the King of Siam on 1 September 1686 and their magnificent reception by Louis XIV marks the beginning of the cultural exchange with the Far East. Diplomatic gifts of porcelain, wallpapers, paintings and silks on this occasion developed the court taste for ‘la chine’ or‘la chinage’. These were later imported by the French East India Company and marketed to the aristocracy and tastemakers through Parisian Marchands-Merciers. The taste manifested itself as ‘chinoiserie’ and its various forms: direct imitation of Chinese art; the influence of Chinese art on French art; and the adaptation of French taste oriental materials (eg. the addition of metal mounts on Chinese porcelain or the transformation of lacquer panels from Chinese screens into cabinets or boxes). Finally, the creation of an imaginary and peaceful China through decorators and talented French artists, such as François Boucher. The display of chinoiserie at court was reserved for private apartments, often in a favorite country house, rather than in State apartments in Versailles or Paris. Louis XIV’s ‘Trianon de porcelaine’ was covered with blue and white faience roof tiles and walls imitating the famous porcelain pagoda at Nanking. From 1740, Louis XV had the château de Choisy refitted for him by Ange-Jacques Gabriel with lacquer furniture from the Far East or lacquered work in the ‘façon de la Chine’with Chinese porcelain and wallpapers. Marie Leszczynska commissioned for her cabinet ‘des Chinois’, painted panels illustrating the culture and production of tea. The royal mistresses, including Madame de Mailly and Madame de Pompadour, also decorated their apartments with Asian curiosities. Marie-Antoinette was passionate about lacquer boxes from Japan, as well as Chinese porcelain. She ordered mounted Chinese porcelain for ‘le cabinet de la Méridienne et le cabinet doré’. An Anglo-Chinese garden was planted in 1776 at the Petit Trianon and shortly after, a carousel (un manège), called ‘Jeu de bague’ chinois, was decorated with peacocks and golden dragons.
SUMMER OUTING: HAREWOOD HOUSE
Thursday 19th June 2014, 11.30am-7pm
* booking deadline is 1st May * excludes all rail travel, please book your own train tickets*
Harewood House in West Yorkshire is the family seat of the Earl and Countess of Harewood. It was built and furnished by Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood (1713-1795) between 1759-1772. Set in one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s finest landscapes, the interiors are by Robert Adam and the furniture Thomas Chippendale. The Sèvres was bought in the early 19th century by Edward Viscount Lascelles (son of the 1st Earl of Harewood), whose acquisitions rivaled the Prince Regent’s. The visit is planned so that members may have a private view of their temporary exhibition: In Pursuit of the Exquisite: Royal Sèvres from Versailles to Harewood, curated by our President, Dame Rosalind Savill and Anna Dewsnap.
Please note, the 2-day option listed on the Registration form below is fully subscribed.
The visit to Harewood House only is listed as Option B and is to include: coach transport from Leeds station leaving at 11.30am to Harewood, lunch, 2:30 tour of house, guidebook, private view of exhibition IN PURSUIT OF THE EXQUISITE: ROYAL SÈVRES: FROM VERSAILLES TO HAREWOOD, drinks reception in The Main Library and the Terrace. The coach will depart at 6:15pm to arrive at Leeds station for 7:00pm. N.B. Does not include rail travel, see the registration form for suggested train times.
Option C: Harewood and hotel as in Option A on Thursday 19th June, Friday 20th June, suggested visit to Hardwick Hall by taxi am, and independent visit to Chatsworth pm
The Chatsworth group visit is restricted to 30, so any members too late to be included in Option A will have to make their own arrangements for the Friday. It is possible to visit the wonderful Elizabethan Hardwick Hall (National Trust) in the morning and go on to Chatsworth (transport by taxi, lunch and entrance fees not included). Meet the rest of the group at 5:00 back at the coach for the return to Chesterfield station.
N.B. Does not include rail travel, see the booking form for suggested train times
Option C, will allow you to visit both houses, but without the private tour and handling sessions on Friday at Chatsworth. It will be possible to visit the National Trust property Hardwick Hall, considered ‘one of Europe’s most beautiful interiors’, which if you haven’t experienced is worth a visit itself. Alternatively, Option C allows you to enjoy the dinner at Hardwick have a self tour of Chatsworth and or Hardwick and leave at your own convenience on Friday, taxis to Chesterfield are about £20-25.
STUDY DAY – Fully Subscribed
Tuesday 17th June, 2014 9.30am-5.30pm
Part 1: The Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue Memorial Lecture
9.30 The Elgar Room, The Albert Hall, Kensington Gore (opposite Art Antiques London)
Speaker: Joanna Gwilt
Lecture: The Belvedere Collection of Vincennes and early Sèvres porcelain
(Coffee and tea will be served at 9.30am, followed by the lecture)
Part 2: Sèvres and China
11.15 Art Antiques London, The Albert Memorial and Kensington Gardens
Chair: Aileen Dawson
Speakers will include: John Whitehead, Dame Rosalind Savill, Vincent Bastien, David Peters, Dr. Juliet Carey, Cyrille Froissart and Kee Il Choi
Full programme is available below.
Please note – lunch is not included, if you wish to book lunch at the ‘1851 Restaurant’, please ring 0844 826 2428 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org explaining that you are attending the Study Day and need to finish by 2.00pm.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
6.30-7.00pm, Tuesday, 17th June 2014: Art Antiques London
This year the French Porcelain Society will hold its Annual General Meeting, Lecture (free to all members), and Dinner at Art Antiques London.
Speaker: Tamara Préaud
Lecture : Sèvres porcelain and table decorations, The Surtout de Table
8.00-11.00pm: Dinner at the ‘1851 Restaurant’, Art Antiques London
Sèvres Porcelain And Other Ceramics In Irish Collections: Dublin And Its Environs
23-27th, April 2014
‘DOCCIA IN ENGLAND’Thursday, March 20th, 2014, 17:30 – 20:30
Victoria and Albert Museum. Teapot, Doccia porcelain factory, 1742-1745.
Doccia in England: an evening to celebrate the Amici di Doccia’s study of Doccia porcelain in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
For those who haven’t yet booked, the ‘Doccia in England’ event begins at 5:30pm with a drinks reception and the talks commence at 6:15pm. The cost is £15. Please RSVP at email@example.com
For those hoping to pay at the door please note we will only be able to accept cash. Alternatively, payment in advance by cheque or World Pay may be sent to our Treasurer, Georgie McPherson, payable to:
The French Porcelain Society
c/o R & G McPHERSON ANTIQUES
P.O. BOX 70934
LONDON SW19 9FW
TELEPHONE 020 8789 8200
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Bonham’s, 101 New Bond Street, London, W1S 1SR
17:30 – 18:15 pm Reception
18:15 – 20:00 pm Lectures
Errol Manners, Chairman of the French Porcelain Society
‘Arthur Lane and the study of Italian Porcelain’
John Mallet, Former Keeper of Ceramics, Victoria and Albert Museum
‘The major English holdings of Doccia wares (British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum) – some thoughts as to why the two collections are so very different’
John Winter, Chairman of the Amici di Doccia
‘Doccia Porcelain at the Victoria and Albert Museum’
Livia Frescobaldi Malenchini, Vice President of the Amici di Doccia
Oliva Rucellai, Curator of Museo Richard-Ginori della Manifattura di Doccia
Copies of the Quaderni devoted to the V&A collection will be available for sale on the evening for the special price of £15.There are still a few places available to book at the dinner with speakers and contributors. The venue is Greig’s, 26 Bruton Pl, London W1J 6NG. Dinner starts at 8:30pm and the cost is £45. To confirm availability please contact: Patricia Ferguson (07708099114) or email@example.com
Friday, March 21st, 2014, 11:00 – 13:00 —Fully Subscribed – We are immensely grateful to our colleagues at the V&A for accommodating this popular visit!
Handling Session of Doccia Porcelain at the Victoria and Albert Museum, with Livia Frescobaldi Malenchini, Vice President of the Amici di Doccia, Oliva Rucellai, Curator of Museo Richard-Ginori della Manifattura di Doccia and other authors from theQuaderni.
Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, Ceramics Study Gallery, Room 139, 6th Floor
‘TOUR OF DECEPTION’
Friday, February 28th 2014, 18:00-20:00
Tour of ‘Deception: Ceramics and Imitation’, with Catrin Jones, Curator
Location: Victoria & Albert Museum, please meet at the entrance on Cromwell Road.
Catrin Jones, Assistant Curator and FPS Committee member, will lead a tour of her exhibition at the V&A, Deception: Ceramics and Imitation, which closes March 5, 2014. The display showcases a thousand years of clay masquerading as vegetables, birds, metalware, lacquer and textiles created to delight and surprise. Following our tour and discussions, we will join the curator for dinner at a local restaurant, to be confirmed. Members wishing to join the tour and dinner should notify Patricia Ferguson (07708099114) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kiddell Collection of Fakes and Forgeries, with Errol Manners, FPS Chairman
Monday, November 11, 10:30-12:30
Location: 30 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EE sothebysinstitute.com
Jos Hackforth-Jones, Director of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and Elisabeth Bogdan, Course Leader, Decorative Art and Design Semester Programmes, have invited FPS members to view The Kiddell Collection of Fakes and Forgeries. The collection was formed by A. J. B. (Jim) Kiddell (1894-1980), the renowned Sotheby’s ceramics expert. From the 1950s, while working at the auction house, he began to collect ‘fakes’ for training cataloguers. It is still used today as part of SIA’s object-based art education. The collection, recently catalogued by FPS member Bet McLeod, includes problematic French and Continental ceramics, Samson ‘reproductions’, blatant fakes and pieces now considered genuine artifacts. Errol Manners will be on hand to guide us through this challenging subject.
The visit is free, courtesy of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, but limited to 15 places. Please contact email@example.com book.
Scrolls of Fantasy: An ECC Seminar
09-11 November 2013
FPS Members may be interested in a Seminar organized by the English Ceramic Circle, ‘Scrolls of Fantasy: The Rococo and Ceramics in England, 1735 to 1775’ held at the V&A Museum on 9th and 10th November, 2013, with an excursion to Woburn Abbey and Claydon House (NT), 11th November 2013.
Our Chairman, Errol Manners, will be one of the speakers, the title of his talk is ‘Continental Ceramics and their influence on English Ceramics’.
For more details, please see the attachment or contact Felicity Marno, ECC Rococo Programme Organiser, at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER OUTING: HOUGHTON VISITED: SÈVRES AND PAINTINGS
Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Thursday June 20, 2013 11:00am–16:30pm
Limit: 30 members
Includes tour of private collection, lunch, gardens, and entrance to ‘Houghton Revisited’, an exhibition of paintings from the Hermitage, formerly owned by Sir Robert Walpole, builder of Houghton, and sold in 1779 to Catherine the Great.
N.B. Members are responsible for transport to Kings Lynn (a train from London, King’s Cross, leaves at 8:45am and arrives at 10:25am, to be met by a coach at 10:30am, returning on the 17:37pm, arriving 19:36pm).
See the booking form for further details.
FPS STUDY DAY at ART ANTIQUES LONDON
Cost: £40 Members (£65 Non-members)
See link below for speakers and lecture titles and Booking form
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LECTURE 2013
Speakers: Mary Lou Boone and Meredith Chilton
The Polish Club, 55 Princes Gate (Exhibition Road), South Kensington, SW7 2PN
Free to Members
Followed by the Annual Dinner 20:00pm–23:00pm
Ognisko, The Polish Club
Cost: Dinner at a cost of £55 for members and £65 for non-members
Ceramics & Imitation at the V&A
01 June 2013 – 05 March 2014
Not to be missed is an exciting exhibition entitled “Deception: Ceramics & Imitation”, a temporary display at the V&A (Ceramics Gallery, Room 146), which runs until 5 March 2014.
From functional tableware masquerading as fruit or vegetables to imitations of prized materials, potters have always created objects intended to delight and surprise by deceiving the eye.
With virtuoso display pieces startling in their verisimilitude and luxurious imitations of silver, marble or gemstones, this display will draw on the V&A’s extensive ceramic collections, along with several loans from private collectors, to show some remarkable transformations achieved in ceramics.
The exhibition was curated by Catrin Jones, Assistant Curator V&A, and the FPS’s newsletter editor and committee member.
Spring Outing: NATIONAL MUSEUM CARDIFF & THE WILFRED DE WINTON COLLECTION
22 May 11:15-16:00
N.B. Members are responsible for transport to Cardiff Central
(London Paddington, leaves at 8:45am and arrives at 10:46am, return at 16:25pm, arrive 18:30pm).
FPS Trip to Holland
17 – 22 April
The FPS will be going on a trip to Holland between the 17th and 22nd of April. Please click below for the programme and booking form.
EXTRAORDINARY VISIT: An exhibition at the Château de Versailles
Monday, 9th July 2012 £ 40.00 (10:00 – 5:30)
Join the French Porcelain Society on a Sèvres must : Charles-Nicolas Dodin, A Master Porcelain Painter
The exhibition dedicated to Charles-Nicolas Dodin at the Château de Versailles aims to explore the talents of one of the most gifted painters at the royal porcelain manufacturers at Vincennes-Sèvres in the 18th century.
It traces the very accessible and illuminating artistic development of the work of Dodin, much like that of a contemporary easel painter, and presents the sophistication and diversity of his talents. The exhibition demonstrates the diversity of his sources of inspiration and the major links which existed in the late eighteenth century, between the arts, paintings, drawings and prints.
Members are to find their own transport to Versailles. We will meet at the ticket office, for our morning tour of Louis XVI’s private apartments with John Whitehead, who having studied the 1792 inventory of porcelain, will explain to us what sort of pieces were originally in the rooms, and how they were displayed or used. Following lunch (included in the cost) we will tour the exhibition with curator Marie-Laure de Rochebrune .
If you have any particular queries about the outing, such as times or meeting places, please contact organiser Patricia Ferguson: email@example.com or mobile phone: 07708099114
A message from the Associazione Amici Di Doccia
Thursday, 28 June 2012 at 17:00
Dear Members and Friends-
Please join us for a visit to the exhibition ‘Myths And Stories Of The Renaissance In Maiolica’ at the Museo Nazionale Del Bargello Florence.
The museum will be closed and we will be guided by the curator of the exhibition Marino Marini. Please confirm your attendance no later than Monday, 25 June 2012.
ASSOCIAZIONE AMICI DI DOCCIA Via dei Benci 1 Firenze 50122 tel. 0039 055282706 firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER OUTING TWO (II) A Private Collection of Porcelain in South England
Thursday, 21st June 2012 £ 50.00 (8:30 – 6:30)
Come and join us to one of the nicest areas of south England for a visit of the collection of French Porcelain Society members. On the kind invitation of Major Tom and Sarah Williams, we are heading to Hampshire for a handling session of their porcelain collection.
We will also add another surprise-visit, on the same day, to be confirmed in due course. Transport, refreshments and lunch included. If you have any particular queries about the outing, please contact the organiser Nette Megens (email@example.com).
SUMMER OUTING ONE (I) Boughton: Sèvres and Orpheus
Tuesday, 19th June 2012 £70.00 (8:30 – 6:30)
Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce another chance to visit Boughton, the Northamptonshire home of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry, is often described as ‘The English Versailles’. The house represents the taste of Ralph, 1st Duke of Montagu, ambassador to the court of Louis XIV in the 1660s and 1670s, who transformed a tudor manor house into a magnificent French château. Along with French furniture made by the greatest ébénistes, is a collection of Vincennes and Sèvres porcelain acquired in about 18 months by Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch and 7th Duke of Queensberry, in 1830-1, through E. H. Baldock.
Highlights of the Sèvres include, 99 pieces from the Louis XV dinner service ordered in 1751, a pair of pot-pourri vases (vase ‘pot pourri à dauphin ou à fountaine’), with Teniers scenes by C.N. Dodin, dated 1759, and a rare selection of ornamental vases, such as a pair of vases ‘d’après l’ancien’, a term used to refer to Chinese porcelain, painted with flowers of 1758 (see Rosalind Savill, ‘The Sèvres Porcelain Collection of the Fifth Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch’, in Tessa Murdoch (ed.), Boughton House: The English Versailles, London, 1992, pp. 142-147).
The group will also have an opportunity to experience The Orpheus Project, a stunning garden feature by Kim Wilkie created in 2007-9 for Richard, 10th Duke, as a compliment to the garden created by Charles Bridgman in 1724. Where else can members experience the heights of celestial porcelain bliss and then descend into a verdant, aquatic underworld in one unforgettable day!
Practicalities: The FPS group for the excursion will meet opposite the ballroom entrance to The Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly (a short walk from Green Park tube station), departing promptly at 8:30 am. We will aim to return to the same spot at about 6.30pm. Includes coffee on arrival and lunch.
If you have any particular queries about the outing, please contact the organiser Patricia Ferguson: firstname.lastname@example.org , or mobile phone: 07708099114
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LECTURE 2012
French Porcelain Society AGM and Lecture by Gillian Wilson, Curator Emerita, The J. Paul Getty Museum & Dinner at The Polish Club (Ognisko) Friday, 15th June 2012
This year the French Porcelain Society will hold its Annual General Meeting, Lecture and Dinner at the Polish Club Restaurant (Ognisko) at 55 Princes Gate (Exhibition Road), South Kensington, London, SW7 2PN. Conveniently located between the Victoria and Albert Museum and Art Antiques London in Kensington Gardens, the 70-year old club is housed in a grand mid-nineteenth century town house. Before the lecture and dinner, to be held in the Ball Room, a cash bar will be available in the beautiful terrace overlooking the Prince’s Gardens.
Speaker: Gillian Wilson, Curator Emerita, and former Curator of Decorative Arts (1971-2003), The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California Sèvres porcelain at the J. Paul Getty Museum : Aspects of the formation of a collection.
An expert in French furniture, in 1971, Gillian Wilson became the first curator of decorative arts at The J. Paul Getty Museum, then in Malibu, California, and over the following six years worked directly with J. Paul Getty (1892-1976). During the next thirty years, Gillian Wilson amassed one of the finest collections of French furniture and decorative arts assembled in the late 20th century. From Getty’s thirty original objects, the collection has grown to over 400 objects found on the European and American art markets, unearthed through Wilson’s unerring connoisseurship and skilled research, examined in her many publications. Today, the Getty collection’s French decorative art, especially, the Vincennes and Sèvres porcelain, is forever marked by the fine taste of its first curator.
Schedule: 17:30-18:15 Arrival, the Cash Bar will be open from 17:00 onwards 18:15-19:00 Annual General Meeting (free access for all members) 19:00-19:45 Lecture by Gillian Wilson 20:00-11.30 Dinner at a cost of £65 for members and £75 for non-members
Dame Rosalind Savill to speak at Institut Francais ‘Sèvres Mania in England’
Wed 6 June 7.00pm | In English | £8, conc. £6 | book online
From Early Patrons to the Goût Rothschild
This lecture by Dame Rosalind Savill will explore the extraordinary phenomenon of the English passion for Sèvres porcelain. It will consider those English patrons of Sèvres in the eighteenth century, those nineteenth-century collectors who acquired great royal and court pieces following the French Revolution, the goût Rothschild, and how even today wonderful acquisitions are still being made, including those by Lord Rothschild for Waddesdon Manor.
Dame Rosalind Savill, DBE, FBA, FSA, is Curator Emerita of the Wallace Collection and President of the French Porcelain Society. She worked for the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wallace Collection and has published The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, 3 vols, in 1988.
In collaboration with Waddesdon Manor
Symposium Outing 2012
Sunday, 15th April 2012, £70.00, (8:30 – 18:30)
Transport for the excursion is fully subscribed.
Boughton: Sèvres and Orpheus
Boughton, the Northamptonshire home of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry, is often described as ‘The English Versailles’. The house represents the taste of Ralph, 1st Duke of Montagu, ambassador to the court of Louis XIV in the 1660s and 1670s, who transformed a tudor manor house into a magnificent French château. Along with French furniture made by the greatest ébénistes, is a collection of Vincennes and Sèvres porcelain acquired in about 18 months by Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch and 7th Duke of Queensberry, in 1830-1, through E. H. Baldock. Highlights include, 99 pieces from the Louis XV dinner service ordered in 1751, a pair of pot-pourri vases (vase ‘pot pourri à dauphin ou à fountaine’), with Teniers scenes by C.N. Dodin, dated 1759, and a rare selection of ornamental vases, such as a pair of vases ‘d’après l’ancien’, a term used to refer to Chinese porcelain, painted with flowers of 1758 (see Rosalind Savill, ‘The Sèvres Porcelain Collection of the Fifth Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch’, in Tessa Murdoch (ed.), Boughton House: The English Versailles, London, 1992, pp. 142-147). The group will also have an opportunity to experience The Orpheus Project, a stunning garden feature by Kim Wilkie created in 2007-9 for Richard, 10th Duke, as a compliment to the garden created by Charles Bridgman in 1724.
Where else can members experience the heights of celestial porcelain bliss and then descend into a verdant, aquatic underworld in one unforgettable day!
Click on the following link for the French Porcelain Society Autumn 2002 Newsletter including impressions from visits to Boughton by Letitia Roberts, Christina Nelson and Pamela Roditi.
FPS Autumn 2002 Newsletter
Transport for the excursion is fully subscribed.
The FPS group for the excursion will meet opposite the ballroom entrance to The Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly (a short walk from Green Park tube station), departing promptly at 8:30 am. We will aim to return to the same spot at about 6.30pm. The booking fee includes coffee on arrival and lunch.
Please note the numbers for this outing will be strictly limited to members with priority given to those members coming from overseas. Some people may wish to travel to Boughton by car. If so, please be advised that the fee will be the same and you will need to apply and pay in the normal way. As we think this trip will be over-subscribed, if going by car, please stipulate that you do not need a place in the coach.
If you have any particular queries about the outing, please contact the organiser Patricia Ferguson:
email@example.com mobile phone: 0770 8099 114
A Two-Day Symposium in Honour of Dame Rosalind SavillFriday 13th and Saturday 14th April 2012The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1
Registration 9-9.30am, Friday 13th April
Symposium Organisers: John Whitehead, Susan Newell, Patricia Ferguson and Mia JacksonClick here for the provisional Symposium program including Speaker Biographies
The French Porcelain Society is delighted to announce a two-day symposium to be held in honour of our President, Dame Rosalind Savill. Ros became a star of French decorative arts with the publication of her ground-breaking 3 volume Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain in the Wallace Collection in 1988. Her career as a museum curator started at the Victoria & Albert Museum and continued at the Wallace where she served for 37 years, the last 19 as Director. The symposium is a tribute to her dedication to Sèvres porcelain research and her enjoyment and enthusiasm for the French decorative arts in general.
New research on a wide range of subjects relating to French porcelain and the decorative arts will be presented by around 30 speakers – a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of those currently involved in these fields including:
Andreina d’Agliano, Antoine d’Albis, Vincent Bastien, Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue, Anthony du Boulay, Juliet Carey, Yves Carlier, Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, Aileen Dawson, Virginie Desrante, Claire Dumortier, Oliver Fairclough, Alden Gordon, Michael Hall, Ulla Houjkaer, Catrin Jones, Bet McLeod, Errol Manners, Jeffrey Munger, Tamara Préaud, Christophe de Quénétain, Marie-Laure de Rochebrune, Pamela Roditi, Linda Roth, Adrian Sassoon, Dame Rosalind Savill, Timothy Schroder, Christoph Vogtherr and Samuel Witwer.
The first day’s proceedings will be followed by an evening Reception in the upstairs galleries, and on Saturday 14th there is a celebratory Dinnner in the Wallace Collection restaurant. For members only, on Sunday 15th, there is an Outing to Boughtonplease scroll down for more details.
The symposium is open to members and non-members of The French Porcelain Society.
Bursaries are available for scholars who wish to attend.
FPS : Sèvres in Surrey
On Saturday March 9th, we have arranged to visit a private collection of ceramics in the North Downs.
The collection includes Sèvres and other French and European porcelains. We will have an introduction to the collection in the morning, following our 11:00 arrival, lunch and then a chance to look on our own, before our 3:00 departure. Numbers are limited to 15
Cost £20 to include a light lunch.
To book a place please contact the organizer, Patricia Ferguson (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 07708099114), who can provide transportation details for those with cars or those needing rides.
Please note the V&A handling session with Adrian Sassoon on February 27th is now sold out.
Summer Outing II: Twickenham
17 June 2011 17 June 2011
Twickenham: Syon House, Strawberry Hill House and Ham House
Friday, June 17, 2011 £70.00 (8:30 – 6:30)
Syon House, with its Robert Adam interiors, ca. 1762, has been the home of the Dukes of Northumberland for over 400 years. We will have a handling session of the French porcelain and view the monumental “Vase Médicis” given by Charles X in 1825 to the 3rd Duke of Northumberland. Following lunch at the newly opened Strawberry Hill House, we will have a private tour of the interiors designed by Horace Walpole (see Bet McLeod, ‘Horace Walpole and Sèvres porcelain: the collection at Strawberry Hill’, Apollo, January, 1998). Finally, with an optional walk and ferry ride across the Thames, we arrive at Ham House, to enjoy the garden and a privileged tour of the 17th century interiors.
The FPS group for the excursion to Twickenham will meet outside The Park Lane Hotel at 8:30 for a prompt departure by coach.
Please also note that the organisers reserve the right to change the programme if it needs to be amended. All reservations are final ONLY upon full payment.
Summer Outing I: Greenwich
07 June 2011 07 June 2011
Greenwich: The Wernher Collection, at Ranger’s House and The Fan Museum
Tuesday June 7th, 2011* £27.50 (10:30 – 4:30)
Since 2002, the Wernher Collection, formed by the diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher (1850-1912), has been on permanent display at Ranger’s House, a Georgian villa in Greenwich Park, administered by English Heritage. In the morning, Susan Newell will lead a handling session of the collection of Sèvres porcelain (see Rosalind Savill, ‘Sèvres porcelain in the Wernher Collection’, Apollo, May 2002). In the afternoon, we will visit the Fan Museum, where we will have lunch in The Orangerie. The Fan Museum, which opened in 1991, is displayed in two early Georgian townhouses, and there we will view the current exhibition with Mia Jackson, Everyday life on the leaf of a fan, which includes ‘Les Petits Métiers’, a portrayal of occupations.
The FPS group for the excursion to Greenwich will meet at 10:30 at the tube entrance for Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich (DLR-Docklands Light Railway), near its ticket office.
Option: River Bus from Greenwich Pier to Westminster Millennium Pier (Approximately 1 hour) at 16:30.
*Maximum 15 people – preference given to members from outside the UK.
Please also note that the organisers reserve the right to change the programme if it needs to be amended. All reservations are final ONLY upon full payment.
Summer Excursion to Copenhagen
04 May 2011 08 May 2011
The French Porcelain Society is delighted to announce its annual Summer Excursion which will take us right to the heart of Danish art: Copenhagen! From 4-8 May 2011 it’s our pleasure to invite you to spend time with us looking at lots of porcelain and a healthy dose of Scandinavian design.
Lecture Programme Spring 2011
24 March 2011 24 March 2011
Housekeeping in Paris in 1762-3: the ceramics, glass, and other furnishing of the Hôtel de Grimberghem, and the maintenance of its occupants during the embassy of the 4th Duke of Bedford
Julia Poole was formerly Keeper of Applied Art in the Fitzwilliam Museum, and has wide-ranging interests in the development and collecting of European ceramics, particularly their significance as historical evidence. Her publications include Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum (1995), and more recently, articles on the purchasing of ceramics and glass for the household of the 4th Duke of Bedford. Current research interests are the Cambridge mathematician and pottery collector, Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, and Limoges Renaissance enamels
The lectures, free to all, begin at 6.00 pm and take place at Bonham’s, 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR (nearest underground Bond Street). All are welcome to join the speakers at a local restaurant following the lecture. For any queries please contact Patricia Ferguson, tel. 07708 099114, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lecture Programme Spring 2011
27 January 2011 27 January 2011
‘Testing 18th-century enamel colours: a potential tool for dating?’
Kelly Domoney , a Ph.D candidate at Cranfield University, has an MA in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton, an MA in Principles of Conservation and MSc in Conservation, both from the University College, London, and was a Hagop Kervorkian Curatorial Research Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Domoney’s research at Cranfield University focuses on characterizing enamel colours on 18th-century Meissen porcelain using handheld x-ray fluorescence technology. The aim is to determine if enamel composition changes over time and to assess its potential for use as a dating tool, which can be used to help identify copies, reproductions and fakes. She has examined Meissen pieces from the Hoffmeister collection and aims to expand her research to contemporary European factories.
The lectures, free to all, begin at 6.00 pm and take place at Bonham’s, 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR (nearest underground Bond Street).
All are welcome to join the speakers at a local restaurant following the lecture. For any queries please contact Patricia Ferguson, tel. 07708 099114, email@example.com
Handling Session at the Victoria and Albert Museum, with John Whitehead
Thursday, October 17th, 11:00-1:00
Location: Ceramics Study Gallery Britain and Europe, Room 139, Level 6
John Whitehead, scholar, dealer and FPS committee member, will select examples of French porcelain from the V&A’s collection focusing on the period 1785 through 1900, looking at techniques, pastes, marks and decoration. Rebecca Wallis, Curator, responsible for the V&A’s collection of Western 19th-century ceramics, will be on hand.
Places are limited to 12 people, and the cost is £10. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book.