From the fair’s website:

Art-Antiques-London-verticalArt Antiques London London, 11-18 June 2014

The Albert Memorial and Kensington Gardens once again provide the stunning backdrop to one of London’s most exciting and glamorous art and antique fairs. Held in a beautiful bespoke pavilion opposite the Royal Albert Hall and close to the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851, Art Antiques London brings together leading international dealers and discerning visitors from all over the world, who can buy with confidence at this strictly vetted sumptuous summer showcase for the arts.

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From the fair’s lecture series (with information about each speaker available here) . . .

Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the WorldThursday, 12 June, 11:30

Judy Rudoe (Curator of Jewellery and Decorative Arts, The British Museum)

This lecture emerges from the speaker’s recent book co-authored with Charlotte Gere (see biography). The ‘age of Victoria’ is taken in its widest sense to encompass jewellery from across Europe and America, at a time when expanding foreign trade, the new illustrated press and a growing tourist industry brought jewellery from many parts of the world to a wide audience. Queen Victoria played a huge role: what she wore and did had tremendous impact, so what might seem a narrow subject acts as a key to our understanding of the entire Victorian age. Using examples from the British Museum and collections worldwide, Judy Rudoe considers Victorian jewellery against its global background and uncovers what jewellery meant to those who wore it, both literally and metaphorically. She will show how it was used in private and in public to reveal that politics, nationalism and even humour of the period are all embodied in jewellery.

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J.M.W. Turner: The Artist and His House at TwickenhamThursday, 12 June, 2:30

Catherine Parry-Wingfield (Chairman of Turner’s House Trust)

Turner is rightly one of the most famous names in the history of British art, and remains an inspiration to painters today. Tucked away in Twickenham is a small unknown work by this great artist, not a painting, but a work in three dimensions. Sandycombe Lodge was designed by Turner himself as a country retreat from the pressures of the London art world; his ‘old Dad’ kept house here, Turner sketched, fished the river and occasionally entertained. This talk will explore a little-known side of Turner’s life and work, against the backdrop of the ‘Matchless Vale of Thames’, the beautiful Thames scenery which inspired much of his work. Sandycombe Lodge is now owned by Turner’s House Trust, which is developing plans for major conservation and future use of this beautiful and important building.

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A Matter of Fashion: The Collecting of English CeramicsFriday, 13 June, 11:30

Anton Gabszewicz (Independent ceramics researcher)

Since the death of Lady Charlotte Schreiber in 1895, English ceramics have been collected with increasing enthusiasm. The founding of the English Porcelain Circle in 1927, under the Presidency of Mrs Radford, brought leading enthusiasts together and since then, through the yearly publication of the ECC Transactions their knowledge has been disseminated to a wider public. Yet the collections the speaker will discuss are markedly varied in their content and in the way they have been assembled. The names form a roll call of the influential collectors of the last 70 years. This lecture identifies those influences and how they informed the taste of succeeding generations.

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Of Soup and Love: The Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens at Winterthur MuseumFriday, 13 June, 2:30

Pat Halfpenny (Independent researcher)

The Campbell Collection of soup tureens is the finest collection of its type in the world. Although this lecture will focus on the magnificent ceramic pieces, they will be set in a context that includes highly prized silver and gilt examples that will help us understand the evolution of high style in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. As grand gilded baroque examples, fanciful rococo porcelain, and elegant neoclassical forms will be discussed, the speaker will share some of the changes in social life and dining practices that created the environment in which tureens were first introduced, rose to great prominence, declined, and found new purpose in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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Nature, Porcelain and Enlightenment: Early English Porcelain and its Place in the Eighteenth-Century HomeFriday, 13 June, 4:30

Paul Crane (Lecturer, researcher, and dealer)

England in the mid-eighteenth century was a country riveted by an insatiable appetite for knowledge, exploration, and discovery. This forged a new scientific approach which was to spearhead the Age of Enlightenment. Through new eminent publications Science and Nature became the pinnacle of taste and fashion within the Aristocracy, who decorated their homes with this organic natural force. The birth of English porcelain in London in the 1740s provided an opportunity for enlightenment to fuse with the arts. Examples of the production at the porcelain manufactories of Bow, Chelsea, Worcester, and Vauxhall together with the Liverpool factories of Samuel Gilbody, William Reid, and Richard Chaffers will illustrate these natural recreations that were to fill the eighteenth-century home with a totally re-invented Cabinet of Natural Curiosity.

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The Silver Society Study Day: New Silver ProjectsSaturday, 14 June, 11:00-6:00

Dirk-Jan Biemond, Michèle Bimbenet Privat, Hazel Forsyth, Christopher Hartop, James Rothwell, Peter Taylor, and Charles Truman

Tickets: £50 society members / £65 non-members. Please note that The Silver Society Study Day is booked separately from the Art Antiques London lecture programme. To book, visit The Silver Society’s website or email events@thesilversociety.org.

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Around the World in 80 Figures: Highlights of the Pauls-Eisenbeiss-Stiftung, BaselSunday, 15 June, 11:30

Samuel Wittwer (Director, Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation, Berlin-Brandenburg)

Established in 1975 in Basel, the Pauls-Eisenbeiss Foundation is one of the world’s leading collections of eighteenth-century German porcelain figures. The collection concentrates on four leading manufactories (Meissen, Frankenthal, Ludwigsburg, and Höchst) bringing together 750 objects, mainly figures. This treasure trove of German porcelain has been open to the public since 1977. It is not just a collection of important examples of each manufactory; it is a collection cleverly put together in the 1950s and 1960s and is the perfect study base enabling collectors to compare variations of decoration and modelling, discovering unique pieces and also enabling students to gain insight to a wide range of topics such as fashion and social aspects of the eighteenth century. This lecture introduces us to this important collection in a multifaceted way by giving us a general overview as well as concentrating on new aspects of research and details.

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Freedom of Expression: The Fantastic Range of du Paquier PorcelainSunday, 15 June, 3:30

Claudia Lehner-Jobst (Art historian and curator, Vienna)

This lecture will pay homage to two personalities: Claudius Innocentius du Paquier, the founder of the first porcelain manufactory in Vienna and his artistic resourcefulness and to one of the first collectors of his work, Marchese Emanuele d’Azeglio whose objects now form the heart of the ceramics collection at the Palazzo Madama in Turin. The speaker will discuss the history of that collection and some outstanding objects in depth.

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Ming: 50 Years that Changed ChinaMonday, 16 June, 11:30

Jessica Harrison-Hall (Curator of Chinese Ceramics, British Museum and Sir Percival David Collections and Vietnamese Art)

This year the British Museum will open a major exhibition on Ming courts and their international engagement. Ming: 50 Years that Changed China shows how fifty years of the Ming dynasty transformed China in ways which still affect the country we know today. Ming China was thoroughly connected with the rest of the world in these years and absorbed many influences. The staggering wealth of the courts included some of the most beautiful porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures, and textiles ever made. Many of these objects were undiscovered until recently and have never been shown within the context of China’s multiple courts and of Ming China’s interaction with foreign countries ranging from Mogadishu to Kyoto. This lecture takes a behind the scenes look at the four years of collaborative research and international co-operation which culminate in the exhibition.

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Face to Face: Dame Rosalind Savill in Conversation with the Duke of DevonshirecMonday, 16 June, 4:00

Where do you find the essential combination of sensibility and pizzazz needed to cherish the traditional and celebrate the innovative in a great country house? The answer is simple: at Chatsworth with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Throughout its history the individual contribution of each generation has enabled it to evolve and flourish, often against huge odds, but the pressures and challenges today are more formidable than ever. Stoker and Amanda Devonshire have spent the last ten years reinventing Chatsworth in a myriad of inspirational ways, giving it a new twenty-first century lease of life, and using their magic touch to turn a possible millstone into a marvel. This discussion will attempt to discover the secrets of their success in bringing a thrilling new edge to Chatsworth. It will touch on the history of the house and its great collections, and will explore their daunting responsibilities and prospects when he inherited in 2004, how their grand plans took shape, the highs and lows of achievement, and the continuing excitement of future projects and dreams. Conversation sponsored by 1stdibs.

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The French Porcelain Society Study Day: Sèvres and ChinaTuesday, 17 June, 11:00-5:30

Dame Rosalind Savill, John Whitehead, Juliet Carey, Kee Il Choi, Vincent Bastien, and David Peters

Tickets: £45 Society members / £65 non-members. Please note that The French Porcelain Study Day is booked separately from the Art Antiques London lecture programme. To book, visit The French Porcelain Society’s website or email rmcpherson@orientalceramics.com.

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Porcelain Figures in the Royal Court Pantries in Dresden, Warsaw and Hubertusburg: A Crash-Course in the Hof-Conditorei InventoriesWednesday, 18 June, 2:30

Maureen Cassidy Geiger (Independent ceramic researcher)

Meissen figures have typically been studied via the work reports in the manufactory archives, which were suspended from 1748 to 1764, or the Japanese Palace inventories. By comparison, the highly detailed inventories of the court pantries of the Saxon-Polish realm have been overlooked as an essential resource for understanding the types and numbers of figures produced for table decoration, especially during the gap in the work reports. This Hof-Conditorei crash course will focus on three inventories taken between 1750 and 1755 at three royal palaces: Dresden, Warsaw, and Hubertusburg.

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Dining Culture in Enlightenment EuropeWednesday, 18 June, 4:30

Ivan Day (British food historian)

From the town houses of Edinburgh to the palaces of St Petersburg, from the chocolate houses of Madrid to the grand salons of Stockholm, the cuisine and dining protocol of the French ancien regime spread rapidly during the course of the eighteenth century to all of the great European centres, frequently obliterating the native high status food traditions of those who adopted it. In this illustrated lecture, British food historian Ivan Day will examine the dramatic cultural impact that the spread of French court dining protocol had on the non-French speaking aristocratic world. He will not discuss not only the remarkable food itself, with a particular emphasis on the dessert course, but also its mode of service and the glittering material culture it spawned.