Image: Ormolu and Silver-Gilt Mounted Vincennes Cistern  ©2005 Christie’s Images Limited

Image: Ormolu and Silver-Gilt Mounted Vincennes Cistern

©2005 Christie’s Images Limited

Haughton International Seminar

“Diplomacy, Power & Wealth”

 Wednesday, 27th June & Thursday, 28th June 2018

 At Christie’s, 8 King Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6QT


Following the enormous success of last June’s International Ceramics Seminar ‘The Splendour of the Dining Room’ in London organised by Brian and Anna Haughton we are delighted to announce that this June’s two day seminar will focus on ‘Diplomacy, Power & Wealth’

The extraordinary importance of ceramic, silver and sculptural items given as international diplomatic gifts through ambassadors and courts around the world from Europe, China and the Ottoman Empire will be discussed showing the power and wealth of the ruling classes and collectors in the 17th and 18th centuries and their effect on the cultural and social life of the period.

Please note the dates in your diaries.

The speakers include:

Dottoressa Andreina D’Agliano, Lecturer and Exhibition Curator, Florence

Marie-Laure De Rochbrune, Chief Curator, Versailles Palace, France

Martyn Downer, Historian, former director of Jewellery at Sotheby’s and author of several books on Admiral Lord Nelson

Diana Edwards, Independent scholar who has published widely on English ceramic history.

Philippa Glanville, Social historian & former curator, founder member of the International Court History Circle

Leslie Greene Bowman, President, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello.  (Charlottesville, Virginia)  USA

Rose Kerr, Honorary Associate of the Needham Research institute, Cambridge, Former Keeper of the Far Eastern Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum

Dr. phil. Claudia Lehner- Jobst, Independent Art Historian, Curator and Author, Vienna

Reino Liefkes, Senior Curator and Head of Ceramics & Glass, Sculpture Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass Department, Victoria and Albert Museum

Robert D. Mowry, Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums and Senior Consultant in Chinese and Korean Art, Christie’s

Dr. Veronika Sandbichler, Director,  Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, Austria

Professor Dame Rosalind Savill, Former Director of the Wallace Collection and Trustee of the Royal Collection Trust

Timothy Schroder, Silver Historian, Curator and former Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths Company

Dr. Francesca Vanke FSA, Keeper of Art & Curator of Decorative Art, Norfolk Museums Service

Dr. Samuel Wittwer, Director of Palaces and Collections at the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg


Cost of the two day seminar: £68 (inc VAT)

Cost of the two day seminar including dinner at The Athenaeum (Wednesday 27th June): £130 (inc VAT)

Student tickets for two day seminar (on production of ID): £35 (inc VAT)

Booking in advance through the website is essential due to limited numbers. Tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 3pm (GMT).

Programme is subject to change without warning.

Please visit the articles section of the website to view copies of lectures given at past seminars.


We wish to thank our sponsors: