Named Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus on his retirement early in 2013, Robert Mowry worked at the Harvard Art Museums for more than thirty-seven years, with more than twenty-five of those years as a senior curator. Robert Mowry previously served as the founding Curator of the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at The Asia Society, New York (1980-1986), and, before that, as Assistant Curator of Oriental Art at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum (1977-1980). His two years’ work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Korea (1967-1969) sparked his interest in Asian art and culture. He did his graduate work at the University of Kansas (1971-1975), studying with Laurence Sickman and Chu-tsing Li, after which he spent two years as a curatorial assistant and translator in the Department of Painting and Calligraphy at the National Palace Museum, Taipei (1975-1977). A specialist in Chinese art, he also does research on Korean art. He has numerous publications to his credit, the best-known of which is Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers: Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, the catalogue of his 1995 exhibition that opened at Harvard’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum in 1995 and then toured nationally in 1996. Appointed the National Museum of Korea’s Senior International Fellow on his 2013 retirement from Harvard, he also served for three years (2013-2016) as the senior editor of that museum’s scholarly journal, The Journal of Korean Art and Archaeology. In September 2013 Christie’s, New York, engaged Robert Mowry as a Senior Consultant on Chinese and Korean art, an association that continues today. In that capacity, he lectures, does research on important individual works of art, and writes scholarly notes and essays for catalogues.
Andreina d’Agliano has worked on collections in both the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, and the Museo Capitolino in Rome. Since 2000 she has been curating porcelain exhibitions in Bern (Bernischen Historischen Museum), Vienna ( Liechtenstein Museum), Rome (Capitol Museum), Florence ( Palazzo Pitti), and other Italian public and private institutions. She has published porcelain catalogues on both public and private collections, including the Italian porcelain in the Palazzo Pitti , Florence; the Capitol Museum, Rome; the Lokar collection, Trieste, and the Zerilli-Marimò collection.
She is one of the Founders of the “Amici di Doccia” and her main interest is Italian porcelain, especially Doccia and the north Italian factories.
She is presently working with Rita Balleri and Claudia Lehner –Jobst on an exhibition of Viennese porcelain collected by the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and its impact on the Florentine decorative arts.
Dr. phil. Claudia Lehner-Jobst took her doctorate in history of culture and ideas at the University of Applied arts in Vienna with a thesis on Conrad von Sorgenthal and the Vienna porcelain manufactory in the neo-classical era. She works for museums and private collections in the field of decorative arts and consulting, and has been the curator of several porcelain exhibitions at the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna. She was co-editor of “Fired by Passion” (2009). Her recent achievements include the permanent installation of the Strasser Collection of glass for the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck where she also curated the show “Wunderglas” with interventions by Laura and Alessandro de Santillana in 2016, and frequently contributes to publications. In 2017, Claudia Lehner-Jobst curated an exhibition on Art Déco Vienna porcelain at Porzellanikon Selb/Hohenberg. She was curator of the 300th birthday exhibition for Maria Theresia at the Porzellanmuseum im Augarten and researched court pilgrimage dining at Stift Klosterneuburg, where she created a dessert table for Maria Theresia, with designer Sebastian Menschhorn. In 2018, she will participate in various celebrations for the 300th anniversary of Vienna porcelain as author and curator in Austria and at Palazzo Pitti, Florence.
Reino Liefkes is Senior Curator and Head of Ceramics and Glass at the V&A Museum (Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass).
Born and educated in the Netherlands, Reino studied Art History at Leyden University. He joined the V&A in 1992 and has been head of the Ceramics and Glass Section since 2004. Reino specialises in European glass and earthenware and was the lead curator of the new V&A Ceramics Galleries which opened in 2009-2010.
Reino is the author/editor of Glass (V&A 1997) and Masterpieces of World Ceramics (V&A 2008) and has contributed to many V&A publications and exhibitions.
Leslie Greene Bowman is President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates the UNESCO World Heritage site, Monticello -- the home of Thomas Jefferson. She has spearheaded the Foundation’s vision to engage a global audience in a dialogue to Jefferson's world and ideas. She earned her Bachelor of Philosophy in American history and art history at Miami University, and her Master of Arts in Early American Culture as a Winterthur Fellow at the University of Delaware. She has spent her 35-year career in museums, and served at the highest levels – Director of the Winterthur Museum, Assistant Director of Exhibitions and head Curator of Decorative Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, accreditation commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums, and board member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. While in Los Angeles, she enjoyed academic appointments with both USC and UCLA, where she taught American decorative arts history. She is the author of American Arts & Crafts: Virtue in Design, and co-author of American Rococo, 1750-1775: Elegance in Ornament, each amplifying scholarship on important eras in American art history. She is a trustee emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2014 President Obama appointed her to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, on which she previously served under Presidents Clinton and Bush.
March 2012 – present, Keeper of Art & Curator of Decorative Art, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Current/recent major projects include: joint researcher and curator with colleagues from Yale Center for British Art on The Paston Treasure project and exhibition (forthcoming: June-September 2018 at Norwich) lead curator of loan exhibitions Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness (forthcoming: October 2017-January 2018), and The Wonder of Birds: Nature, Art, Culture (May-September 2014); other duties include managing the art and exhibitions team, dealing with all issues arising including appraisals and recruitment, giving public talks and dealing with public enquiries; liaising with artists and other museums concerning loans and exhibitions; devising and updating permanent gallery displays; contributing to Norwich Castle’s exhibition programming and planning; organising events related to exhibitions; researching and fundraising for acquisitions and exhibitions
2004 – March 2012, Curator of Decorative Art, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Major projects included: curating two new decorative arts galleries, featuring ceramics, glass, silver and jewellery from 16th century to present day; co-curating loan exhibition Art at the Rockface: the Fascination of Stone (2006); co-curating loan exhibition and participating in research project jointly with University of East Anglia The Art of Faith: 3000 Years of Faith on Norfolk (2010)
Professor Dame Rosalind Savill DBE, FBA, FSA, became Director of the Wallace Collection, London, in 1992 and retired in 2011. She is a specialist in French eighteenth-century decorative arts, especially Sèvres porcelain, and her major publication, The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, 3 vols, 1988, won her the National Art-Collection Fund prize for Scholarship in 1990. She has Visiting Professorships at the University of Buckingham and the University of the Arts, London. She won the European Woman of Achievement Award (Arts and Media) 2005, was a Member of the Conseil d’Administration at Sèvres Cité de la Céramique, is President of the French Porcelain Society, and her current Trusteeships include the Royal Collection Trust and the Samuel Courtauld Trust; she is also a Syndic of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and on the Academic Committee of the Rothschild Foundation at Waddesdon Manor.
Marie-Laure de Rochebrune is the Chief Curator at Versailles Palace where she is responsible for the European and Asian ceramics collections. Previously, from 1997 to 2010, she was the Curator of the Decorative Arts Department at The Louvre Museum where she was responsible for the collections of European and Oriental ceramics and glass from the Renaissance to the end of the 18th Century. Recent exhibitions include:
2012 : Main Curator of the exhibition Splendeur de la peinture sur porcelaine au XVIIIe siècle / Charles Nicolas Dodin et la manufacture de Vincennes-Sèvres, Versailles Palace.
2013-2014 : Main Curator of the exhibition La Chine à Versailles / art et diplomatie au XVIIIe siècle, Versailles Palace.
Martyn Downer is the leading specialist in objects, relics and artefacts relating to the life and career of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson. Formerly Head of Jewellery at Sotheby’s London, he is author of several books including Nelson’s Purse, an account of his discovery of a lost trove of Nelson treasures; and Nelson’s Lost Jewel, which tells the story of the diamond Chelengk.
Rose Kerr is Honorary Associate of the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge, after retiring as Keeper of the Far Eastern Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where she worked from 1978-2003. She graduated in Chinese studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies and spent a year as a student in China during the last year of the Cultural Revolution, 1975-1976. She teaches and lectures internationally, and acts as Honorary Fellow at the University of Glasgow, Trustee of the Great Britain-China Education Trust, Trustee of the Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art and Museum Expert Advisor for Hong Kong. In 2015 she was created an Honorary Citizen of Jingdezhen. Author and contributor to 22 books on Asian art, she is a regular contributor to journals and magazines.
Timothy Schroder is a curator and writer. He has spent most of his career focused on silver, at Christie’s, as a dealer, and in the museum sector in the United States and the UK. He is a trustee of the Wallace Collection and last year was Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company. He is also a member of the Fabric Commission of Westminster Abbey. His current area of research is the gold and silver of Henry VIII, which he hopes to publish in time for the 500 anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold in 2020.
Director of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, KHM-Museumsverband
1985-1991: Study of History of Arts at the University of Innsbruck.
1992-2010: Curator and Vice Director of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Sammlungen Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck.
Since 2010: Director of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck.
Conception and Organisation of exhibitions and editorship of exhibition catalogues focusing on the court culture of the 16th century Habsburg and the collections of Archduke Ferdinand II at Ambras Castle.
Research topics: Museology and History of Collecting, Habsburg Court Festivals. Lectures on Museologie at the University of Innsbruck, Institute of History of Arts
Image: © KHM-Museumsverband
Philippa Glanville, FSA, OBE, is a social historian & former curator, with a longstanding interest in court culture and founder member of the International Court History Circle, under the patronage of the Queen of Denmark.