Book launch: ‘The Tastemakers’

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 6.30-8.30 p.m.
Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

We are delighted to announce a book launch and lecture for The Tastemakers: British Dealers and the Anglo-Gallic Interior, 1785-1865 (Getty Publications) by Dr Diana Davis, FPS Council member and co-editor of the FPS journal.


The Tastemakers investigates the shadowy world of early nineteenth-century curiosity dealers who created an opulent new Anglo-Gallic decorative style, which combined the taste of two rival nations. Rather than purveyors of antiquarianism, Diana Davis repositions these dealers as innovators who both transformed the art objects of eighteenth-century France into cherished heirlooms for a new century and created new and modified French-inspired furniture, porcelain and bronzework, highly prized by the leading collectors of the day from George IV to William Beckford. In this way the dealer emerges centre stage as trader, maker and tastemaker.


Diana will give a short talk on Chinamen, Curiosity Dealers, and Connoisseurs, 1790-1890 which will highlight the trajectory of nineteenth-century dealers from sellers of things to scholars supplying the new museums.


The book will be offered at a discounted price on the evening. For further details, please see


Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be provided. We ask for a small suggested donation to contribute towards room hire and refreshments.

Please feel free to contact the organiser Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth on if you have any questions

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For any payment queries, please contact the Treasurer: Sophie von der Goltz

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