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THE 41st ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE FURNITURE HISTORY SOCIETY
Sat 6 May 2017, 10:00 – 17:00 BST
'IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CORINTH AND ATHENS' - NEO-CLASSICAL GILT BRONZE
To coincide with the international interest in gilt bronze in 2016/17 and the three exhibitions devoted to Pierre Gouthière and his contemporaries in New York (the Frick Collection), Paris (the Musée des Arts Décoratifs) and London (the Wallace Collection), this year’s symposium is devoted to European gilt bronze of the neoclassical period (1770-1830), a time when the passion for the Antique world affected all aspects of artistic production. Speakers from the US, France, Britain, Russia and Spain will present the latest research on a variety of topics, including aspects of design, production and patronage. A subject that often presents more questions than answers, recent scholarship has unearthed fascinating insights into this often overlooked art form and the symposium promises to be an important and illuminating day for anyone interested in bronze d’ameublement. It is being hosted at the Wallace Collection, which will stay open for FHS members after the symposium to allow them to see the exhibition, Gilded Interiors: French Masterpieces of Gilt Bronze. The day will be chaired by Philip Hewat-Jaboor.
Joseph Godla, Chief Conservator, The Frick Collection, New York: “Twenty Fingers on Each Hand”: A Study of Pierre Gouthière’s techniques
Dr Charlotte Vignon, Curator of Decorative Arts, The Frick Collection, New York: Pierre Gouthière: Bringing a Virtuoso Chaser and Gilder back into the Light
Anne Forray-Carlier, Curator, 17th & 18th century Decorative Arts, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris: In the Context of Neo-Classical Gilt Bronze: the Relationship between Gouthière and Dugourc
Dr Helen Jacobsen, Senior Curator, Wallace Collection, LondoN: Gilded Interiors: the Antique as a design source for French gilt bronze
Diana Davis, Independent Decorative Arts Researcher: Matt and Burnished Gold: the Regency taste for gilt bronze
Wolfram Koeppe, Curator, European Sculpture & Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum, New York: An Enduring Mystery: Bronze manufacturing in Vienna 1775-1825
Olga Bazhenova, Curator, Metal, Sculpture & Stone, Pavlosk-Palace Museum, St Petersburg: The Secrets of Russian Bronze
María Jesús Herrero Sanz, Curator of Sculpture, Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid: Between Neo-Classicism and Antiquity: French Bronzes and Palace Furnishings at the 18th-century Spanish Court
Ticket price includes morning coffee and afternoon tea. A light lunch will be available for FHS members in the Meeting Room at the Wallace Collection at an additonal cost of £20, to include a glass of wine. The Wallace Collection Restaurant will be open for bookings (Tel: 0207 563 9505) and there are plenty of local cafés/restaurants.
- £50 for Furniture History Society members
- £30 for Furniture History Society members under 30
- Lunch tickets (for Furniture History Society members only) - £20
- Tickets for those not already members of the Furniture History Society cost £65. A discount of £5 is offered for ticket buyers who sign up to join the Furniture History Society. PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE VIA EVENTBRITE and can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.