Josiah Wedgwood's Ornamental sales to France through agents Dominique Daguerre and Henry Sykes
By 1787 Josiah Wedgwood's earthenware, or creamware, as well as his ornamental jasper and basalt had been exported throughout Europe for more than a decade. It seems from documents in the Wedgwood archives that French interest in Wedgwood's wares was particularly active just prior to the French Revolution, starting around 1785. Wedgwood employed two principal agents in Paris to look after French orders, marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre and an Englishman named Henry Sykes. Both agents dealt with earthenwares as well as ornamental jaspers and basalts but this talk will concentrate on the ornamental wares sold to the nobility and Royal Family.
A taste for the exotic in Florence and its impact on early Doccia porcelain (1737-1757)
Dottoressa Andreina d’Agliano
Cobalt blue was the main enamel colour used on the earliest of the Ginori porcelain using “Stampino“ to imitate both Oriental blue and white and the soft paste Medici porcelain, made in Florence in 1575 at the Court of Francis l. Oriental ceramics were highly collected in Florence in the first quarter of the 18th century and were collected by the Gran Principe Ferdinando, Grand Duke Gian Gastone and the Electress Palatine Anna Maria and other important Florentine families such as the Gerini, Franceschi and Ginori. The lecture will compare the early Ginori porcelain and its iconographical relationship with oriental porcelain. It will also reveal the trade with the Middle Eastern market through corroboratory 18th century documents from the Ginori archives.
From Berlin with Love
Dr. Samuel Wittwer
Names of European nobility or Prussian Royal family members don’t surprise us when we look at the Porcelain gifts given by King Friedrich Wilhelm III. But other recipients such as William Wilberforce, the Viceroy of Egypt or Prince Demidoff are indeed surprising, mirroring Prussian political activities. Some of these activities will be discussed in the lecture.
Power of knowledge, wealth of beauty – Stories of enlightened collecting in Vienna, circa 1790
Dr. phil. Claudia Lehner-Jobst
Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Vienna porcelain with one of its most successful periods, this lecture explores the influential network of the city´s enlightened elite at the dawn of radical change and challenge. Exquisite new interior designs correspond with contemporary art collections and dinner tables, promoting philantropy, progress and beauty on all levels of life and living.
Admiral Lord Nelson, Ottoman Diplomacy and the Chelengk Jewel
Lord Nelson’s diamond Chelengk or ‘Plume of Triumph’ is one of the most famous jewels in British history. Presented to the admiral by Sultan Selim III of Turkey after the Battle of the Nile in 1798, the jewel had thirteen diamond rays, to represent the ships captured at the battle, above a wreath (çelenk in Turkish) of enamel flowers centred with a rotating Ottoman star powered by clockwork. Entirely mounted en tremblent, the Chelengk was a dynamic and spellbinding achievement of Ottoman goldsmithing. Highly-cultivated, Selim used the precious jewel to help forge an alliance with the British against French aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean which threatened his sprawling empire. Loaded with meaning, it was the first such Islamic reward to a non-Muslim military leader and caused a sensation back in England. Nelson adopted the Chelengk as his heraldic crest, wearing it on his naval hat like a Turban jewel sparking a fashion craze but earning the disapproval of George III. Endlessly reproduced in the many portraits and representations of England’s greatest naval hero, the Chelengk became Nelson’s trademark, a glittering emblem of the short-lived treaty between east and west.
Stolen from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich in 1951 the jewel is now lost, presumed destroyed. This talk will explore the history of the jewel, its political context in the often-fraught relationship between London and Constantinople in the late eighteenth century, and how a remarkable drawing recently discovered at the College of Arms has enabled an exact replica to be made.
The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World
Dr Francesca Vanke FSA
In the mid-seventeenth century the Norfolk Paston family owned a kunstkammer collection of princely proportions. A fraction of their collection is recorded in the contemporary Dutch School painting, The Paston Treasure.
This paper will discuss recent research into the lost collection, and the unique current exhibition which explores the Pastons’ world, brings objects back together and sheds new light on the enigmatic painting itself.
Madame de Pompadour and the Porcelain Power of the Mistress
Professor Dame Rosalind Savill DBE, FBA, FSA
Louis XV’s most famous mistress used her passion for Vincennes and Sèvres porcelain to enhance her personal, public and political roles in mid-eighteenth century France. This talk will examine pieces which would have delighted the King, embellished her glamorous interiors, and served as diplomatic gifts to secure her position at home an abroad.
Sèvres porcelain given as diplomatic gifts to the Chinese Emperor by Louis XV and Louis XVI
Marie-Laure de Rochebrune
The Chinese Emperor, Qianlong (1711-1799), was given many pieces of Sèvres porcelain by Louis XV and Louis XVI. Most of it was sent to China at the instigation of Henri Léonard Bertin (1720-1792), a sinophile minister who was in charge of the Sèvres Manufactory. The speaker will discuss the different gifts sent to China that were mentioned in the Sales registers, and define the diplomatic, commercial, religious and scientific aims of the last two Kings of France a few years before the French Revolution.
Thomas Jefferson: Planting the Arts in America
Leslie Greene Bowman
Thomas Jefferson is most famous as the American Founding Father who authored the Declaration of Independence. Yet he deemed the arts essential to the new nation, and drew upon his years in Paris to influence art and architecture. Bowman will illuminate Jefferson's seminal role as a global citizen and founding tastemaker.
Count Brühl: Magnificent entertainment at the Saxon Court in Dresden
Count Heinrich Von Brühl was responsible for diplomacy and official entertainment at the Saxon court in Dresden during the mid-18th century. As director of the Meissen porcelain factory, he commissioned some of the first and most elaborate table centre-pieces ever to be made in porcelain.
Parts of three of such groups have recently been identified in the collection of the V&A Museum. This paper will illustrate the role of such commissions in court entertaining and diplomacy.
Goldsmiths and diplomats; battles in silver between the Baltic courts
Philippa Glanville, FSA, OBE
Lord Raby’s massive silver wine cooler, now proudly displayed at Temple Newsam, triggered a reassessment of how the diplomats at the Prussian, Danish, Swedish, Russian and British courts competed to display increasingly large cisterns for wine. Its final flourish, the Kandler cistern now in St Petersburg, is perhaps the best known, but this story of costly competition, rooted in the 1690s and the Great Northern War, can now be demonstrated.
The Power of Collecting. The Kunst- und Wunderkammer of Archduke Ferdinand II at Ambras Castle
Dr. Veronika Sandbichler
The Habsburg Archduke Ferdinand II was a member of one of the most important ruling dynasties of 16th-century Europe. Diplomatic gifts and exotic objects from Africa, India, China, Japan and the Ottoman Empire entered his famous Kunst- und Wunderkammer.
Routes to Royalty: How Chinese and Japanese Pieces Entered the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen
The large and diverse collection of Asian works of art in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen contains many superb works of art. Their attribution is strengthened by valuable secondary resources such as inventories, lists and accounts. The lecture will discuss pieces acquired by British monarchs from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.
Diplomatic gifts at the Court of Henry VIII
Some of the most magnificent events of the early sixteenth century were the receptions laid on for visiting ambassadors. These were punctuated by splendid entertainments, concluding with the exchange of costly gifts, usually of gold or silver-gilt. This talk examines the system and its wider implications.
Porcelain for the Emperors: Imperial Wares of the Song (960 – 1279), Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911) Dynasties
Robert D. Mowry
Ceramics made expressly for the Chinese Imperial Court first came to the fore during the Northern Song period (960–1127) with ivory-hued Ding ware and celadon-glazed Ru ware. Guan ware, with its crackled, grayish-blue glaze, enjoyed Imperial favor during the Southern Song period (1127–1279), and brought to a close the long tradition of subtly hued monochrome-glazed ceramics as those most preferred at court. Beginning life as a relatively humble ware during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368), blue-and-white porcelains had claimed pride of place among Imperial wares by the early decades of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Porcelains embellished with designs painted in overglaze enamels, which had appeared already during the Ming, soared to popularity during the Qing (1644–1911), their naturalistic, pictorial designs exquisitely mimicking paintings on paper and silk.
“THE SPLENDOUR OF THE DINING ROOM”
Haughton International Lecture Series held at Christie's, 8 King Street, St James's, London SW1Y 6QT on Wednesday 28th June & Thursday 29th June 2017
Very massive and handsome – George IV's Grand Service and the Royal Table
The great silver-gilt dining service amassed by George IV over his lifetime, was described by contemporaries as 'unrivalled in Europe' and 'a magnificent exhibition of taste and expense'. This talk will discuss some of the elements of the Grand Service, created by the most sought-after designers of the period, and how it remains in use on the royal table to this day.
Italian maiolica table services: for use or for display?
Professor Timothy Wilson
Around 1500 Italian maiolica potters created what was essentially a new form of Renaissance art, painted pottery which at times rivalled easel-painting and fresco. But were the maiolica services commissioned by some of the wealthiest and most discriminating patrons of the day just for display or were they regularly used? The lecture will examine this vexed question.
Fasting and Feasting: Novelties at the imperial tables during the reign of Maria Theresa
Dr. phil. Claudia Lehner-Jobst
Celebrating the 300th birthday of Maria Theresa (1717–1780), this lecture focuses on pragmatic reforms and a novel wish for privacy at table in times of political controversy. From her "table de conspiration“ in the Chinese cabinet at Schönbrunn, past gallant garden lunches and pilgrimage dinners, including champagne and "Kaisersemmel“, to all-night carnival festivities, dining in mid 18th century Vienna became an adjustable affair.
Bustelli and the Impact of Meissen on the Nymphenburg Factory
Dr. Katharina Hantschmann
Among the most delightful porcelain figures for the dessert table are those modelled by the mysterious Franz Anton Bustelli for the Bavarian court factory, later situated in Nymphenburg. His works are expressive, full of grace and humour and show little influence by engravings. But some impact of Meissen cannot be denied.
Dining and Hospitality in Eighteenth Century English Provincial Towns and Cities
Using recently discovered evidence, food historian Ivan Day will guide us through the surprisingly sophisticated and often eccentric dining culture of the English provinces.
Magnificence: State banquets in the reign of Henry VIII
Almost nothing of Henry VIII’s vast holdings of precious gold and silver plate remains. But a rich trail of documentation survives and paints a surprisingly vivid picture of his magnificent state banquets that were intended to impress and to entertain in equal measure.
Inspired by Marine Forms, Early English Porcelain Transforms the Dining Table
Europe in the mid eighteenth century was gripped by an insatiable appetite for knowledge, exploration and discovery that was to spearhead the Age of Enlightenment. Science and Nature became the pinnacle of taste and fashion amongst the ruling classes who filled their homes with functional objects, shapes and forms derived from God’s creation. The lecture will show how the early English Porcelain Manufactories produced a series of highly naturalistic Marine shapes and forms for use on the dining tables of Royal and Aristocratic homes of the period.
Dutch Dining Culture in the second half of the 18th Century – The diplomacy of the Table
Willem V was the last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic in the second half of the 18th century, a period characterised by the divide between his supporters the Orangists and the opposing Patriots. This talk will explore the table settings and decorations from this time in Dutch history when politial colour manifested itself on the dining table.
Felbrigg's Folly: Meissen porcelain temples for the dessert table
Patricia F. Ferguson
Elaborate porcelain temples were often used as centrepieces on the dessert table of Royal European weddings, such as the celebrated 'Temple of Fame' (Ehrentempel), 1750, now in the Porzellansammlung, in Dresden, which has a fascinating English provenance. This talk surveys many of these triumphal temples and their surprising later histories.
Dining in Style: 19th-Century Services in the Victoria and Albert Museum
The years between 1800 and 1900 saw major developments in European ceramic production and the types of services used for dining. This lecture will showcase the V&A’s rich collection of ceramic table services, made by factories from Sèvres to Stoke-on-Trent, to explore the wide ranging design styles of the nineteenth century.
Linen damask napery, Henry VIII and the Northern Renaissance
Dr David Mitchell
During the fifteenth century, the drawloom, which had been used for centuries in the East to weave silk damasks, was modified in the Low Countries to produce linen damasks. Early in the sixteenth century, a number of intricate designs were made in either Mechelen or Kortrijk for elite customers, including Henry VIII. Several of these pieces have features that are early examples of the Northern Renaissance.
The Dutch village of Meissen Porcelain. Count Brühl’s Dessert de Luxe
Dr. Melitta Kunze-Koellensperger
Count Heinrich von Brühl (1700 – 1763) laid the basis for the table centrepiece known as the "Dutch Village of Meissen porcelain“, when he ordered the palace, the church and several half-timbered farm houses in 1743. However, similar miniature architectures were also stored in the Court Confectionaries in Dresden, Warschau and Hubertusburg, but furthermore they were part of diplomatic gifts and highly in demand by the French clientele.
From Salt Cellars to Sweetmeat Baskets: Dining with Sèvres porcelain in the eighteenth century
Dame Rosalind Savill
Louis XV commissioned his first dinner service from Vincennes/Sèvres in 1751 and most of these ingenious rococo shapes remained in use until the French Revolution. Intended for the savoury and dessert services, and often responding to new dining fashions in France, more than forty forms were invented. The functions of individual pieces at the dining table will be explored, together with models intended for the more intimate spaces of the bedroom and boudoir.
A celebration of form and function, insights into Japanese dining traditions from the Jômon period to the present day
Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere
Japan has a rich history of ceramic production from 15,000 BCE to the present day. Recently washoku, Japanese traditional cuisine, has been given World Heritage status and designated as an intangible cultural asset. Japanese cuisine can be typified by its seasonal approach and its emphasis on dining as a cohesive experience, but that is indeed only part of the story. The aesthetics of Japanese dining revolve around the marriage of vessels to the food they contain. In other words, effective Japanese dining is an experience that engages the senses through a careful marriage of food to vessel. This talk highlights through different periods in history how Japanese dining evolved as a marriage of form and function.