Special Interest Days/ Study Days Past Study Days Study Day, Tuesday 21st September, 10am for 10.30am, Griffin Inn, Swithland Lars Tharp 1030 Lecture-1 Harlots Rakes and Crashing China, ceramics in Hogarth’s world A ‘cracking’ talk. It will fundamentally change your view of William Hogarth. Pots, crocks and chinaware tumble through Hogarth’s domestic dramas. His detailed paintings and prints are wittily infiltrated with recognizable ceramics - earthenwares, stonewares and ‘china’- in an age drunk on Luxury. Potters across continents compete with each other, fuelled by the ‘china mania’ gripping the emerging middle classes. And Hogarth catches them. And in an ironic twist: Hogarth’s own images are themselves translated onto clay. 11.30 Coffee 12.00 Lecture-2 On the China Trail: the great journey to get the pots From the mountains of Jiangxi province in far-off China, down river, over lake and mountain, and finally across oceans, 98 % of the Chinese porcelain on display in European museums, stately homes, palaces and personal collections, are testimony to an epic journey and of monumental human endeavour. Luxury for the rich created in the effort of millions. Each year in the 1600s and 1700s millions of pieces - services, vases and ornamental wares - were shipped and portered over the mountain border into Guangdong province, passing through the aptly-named ‘Gate of Heores’. I take you on that actual journey, the same journey we filmed in my 2011 BBC film Treasures of Chinese Porcelain. You will never again pass a piece of Chinese porcelain in any Western collection without calling to mind the heroic effort involved, or without evoking the landscapes embedded in that journey. 1300 Lunch 1400 Lecture-3 The Best of Pots, the Worst of Pots and Your Pots After over forty years specializing in Ceramics from all over the globe and across thousands of years, I offer you my pick from both ends of my personal spectrum of likes and dislikes. But which is Good, which Bad? Will you agree? Here’s a talk to encourage Audience participation. I hope I can change some minds –in either direction. De gustibus non est disputandum (‘in matters of Taste all argument is futile’’). Or perhaps not? Wednesday 14th October 2020 Zoom Study Day, 11 for 11.30am Barry Venning Patinbrushes at Dawn - the World’s Greatest Artistic Feuds, Rows and Quarrels” (2 lectures) October 2019 Lynne Gibson Red is the colour of love and lust, royalty and ceremony, anger and danger. Blue From mysterious Tyrian purple, to luscious lapis-lazuli, via azurite, to cobalt. Sunny Yellow has, paradoxically, been the most poisonous colour pf all. October 2018 Andy McConnell History of glass and glassware from Roman times. Glass as it was developed for the bottling, serving and enjoying wine About 50 pieces of glassware to be brought by guests for discussion October 2017 David Palmer View from Behind the Rostrum Provenance or Fake The Changing Market October 2016 John Benjamin Jewellery Elizabeth 1 – Victoria 20th Century jewellery Workshop for attendees Inc. own jewellery September 2015 Paul Atterbury Development of the modern ocean liner Trains from early days to luxury steam trains Behind the Scenes at the Antique Road Show October 2014 Eric Knowles British Ceramics 1600 to 1919
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