Haughton's "Art Antiques London" Lecture Program
A Huge Draw for Collectors and Scholars
Fair Announces Details of its Distinguished Lecture Series for June 2011
Kensington Gardens provides the stunning backdrop to Art Antiques London, which runs from 9-15 June 2010. Now in its second year, the fair is aimed at the collector and connoisseur and incorporates The International Ceramics Fair and Seminar, which, this year, celebrates its 30th anniversary.
A unique feature of Art Antiques London is its learned lecture series, which makes the Fair an important destination for international collectors and institutions. The 2011 lecture series runs from 9th – 13th June and is held in a specially built lecture hall. In 2010, the lecture programme was praised by both academics and collectors for the varied and interesting series of lectures that took place during the Fair.
The lectures, which are wide ranging, include a fascinating talk by Dr Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya, the curator of Russian Porcelain at The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, entitled “The glamorous age of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna”. The reign of Empress Elizabeth is one of the most colourful in the history of artistic life in Russia. She was trained in foreign languages, dance, courtly manners and how to entertain. In order to keep up with her European counterparts, the Empress wished to begin manufacturing porcelain in Russia. The Imperial Porcelain Works was established in 1744. The newly manufactured Russian-made porcelain pleased her enormously and it became the undisputed adornment both of her everyday life and during the grandiose festivities in the Winter Palace and in her favourite summer residence of Tsarskoe Selo. The lecture is designed, like Elizabeth herself, to entertain and enthral us.
Ceramic artist, Kate Malone, discusses many aspects of and inspirations for her own work in a lecture entitled: “Sauce or Source”. Kate’s work is inspired by history, exotic travel, the growth patterns and the ripeness of nature. Her use of strong colours and sumptuous crystalline glazes all communicate a ‘feel good factor', through optimistic cladding of her forms and abundant sculptural detail. By taking a specific detail directly from a ceiling panel, or mixing Venetian glass buttons on a drinking glass, with sugar-candy sweets to create a new surface decoration, Malone asks herself: is this ‘a sauce' or is it ‘source'? Whichever it is does not matter she argues, as she feels liberated to be able to ‘pick & mix' from Life or History. Kate feels that we are all free to draw things from life together in our own way and mix our own sauce.
The survival of so much silver made over the past three centuries is as gratifying to collectors, dealers and auctioneers as it is to scholars. In his talk Selling Silver. Three Centuries' Promotion By Goldsmiths Of Their Trade, From The Late 17th To The 20th Century, John Culme, author and silver consultant, will explore the manner in which the makers and sellers of silver and silver plated wares reached their market. It also examines how the many branches of the trade connected and kept in touch with each other through the agency of specialist publications and travellers in a way quite unsuspected by the buying public.
Maureen Cassidy-Gieger, an educator, curator and author will give a lecture entitled Fragile Cargo: In Pursuit of a Prince and his Porcelain, in which she describes the Italian Grand Tour of Crown Prince Friedrich Christian of Saxony/Poland in 1738-1740. The journey is well documented in despatches, and unusually, also by the prince himself in the form of travel diaries. Along with his 13 year old sister Maria Amalia, the prince and royal party travelled from Dresden to Naples in early summer 1738 on a challenging overland route where Maria Amalia was due to meet her husband, Charles of Bourbon, King of Naples and Sicily. The lecture title refers to the royal children, who arrived safely in Italy 39 days after leaving Dresden, and their Meissen porcelain, which unfortunately met another fate in transit by sea. Maureen Cassidy Geiger followed the same route by car in 2010, and discusses how her experience developed a greater understanding of the royal tour and gives fascinating insights into the logistics of royal travel and the education of a vulnerable boy intended to be a future king.
Art Antiques London
Art Antiques London is held in a beautiful custom-built marquee opposite the Royal Albert Hall, adjacent to the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851. The Fair’s participants are leading specialists in a wide range of disciplines, including furniture, paintings, jewellery, clocks, textiles, silver and ceramics, as well as rare books and modern and contemporary objet d’art. Every object exhibited at the Fair is rigorously examined and vetted for quality and authenticity, so collectors can be assured they can buy with confidence.
This year the First Night Party will be in support of Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) which was founded in 1955 as the UK Branch of the International Social Service global network of over 130 national agencies who work to promote and protect the rights and welfare of children across international borders. The First Night Party will take place on the 8 June and will take the form of a cocktail party followed by a dinner.
Full Lecture Programme
A1 Thursday 9th June, 12.00pm - 1.00pm
SPRIMONT'S COMPLAINT: BUYING AND SELLING CONTINENTAL PORCELAIN IN LONDON 1730-1775
PATRICIA FERGUSON - Independent Researcher
A2 Thursday 9th June, 2.45pm - 3.45pm
FRAGILE CARGO: IN PURSUIT OF A PRINCE AND HIS PORCELAIN
MAUREEN CASSIDY-GEIGER - Educator, Curator and Author
A3 Thursday 9th June, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
SAUCE OR SOURCE
KATE MALONE- Contemporary potter
B1 Friday 10th June, 12.00pm - 1.00pm
SCULPTURAL COLOUR AT SÈVRES
TAMARA PRÉAUD - former archivist of the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres
B2 Friday 10th June, 2.45pm - 3.45pm
THE GLAMOROUS AGE OF EMPRESS ELIZABETH PETROVNA
DR EKATERINA KHMELNITSKAYA - Curator of Russian Porcelain, The State Hermitage Museum
B3 Friday 10th June, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
TANTALISING TIN-GLAZE & PROLIFIC PORCELAIN - RECENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS OF CERAMICS FROM LONDON
JACQUI PEARCE FSA MIFA - Specialist in Medieval and Later Ceramics, Museum of London
C2 Saturday 11th June, 2.45pm - 3.45pm
A DETECTIVE STORY: MEISSEN PORCELAINS COPYING EAST ASIAN MODELS. FAKES OR ORIGINALS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT?
JULIA WEBER - Scientific assistant at the Bavarian National Museum, Munich
C3 Saturday 11th June, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
A TASTE OF DISTINCTION: ELECTOR MAX EMANUEL'S COLLECTION OF PORCELAIN MOUNTED IN PARIS
DR MAX TILLMANN - Art Historian and Lecturer
D2 Sunday 12th June, 2.45pm - 3.45pm
MANIFICENT FAIENCE AND REDISCOVERED PORCELAIN MASTERPIECES AT THE ROUEN MUSEUM
AUDREY GAY-MAZUEL - Chief Curator Musée de la Ceramique, Rouen
D3 Sunday 12th June, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
THE FRENCH INTERIOR REVEALED
JOHN WHITEHEAD - Dealer and Author
E2 Monday 13th June, 2.45pm - 3.45pm
"VALHALLA-ON-TRENT": TRENTHAM HALL AS A MEETING PLACE OF THE SCULPTURAL WORLDS OF ROME AND PARIS WITH THE MID-VICTORIAN CERAMIC INDUSTRY.
DR PHILIP WARD-JACKSON - Art Historian and Author
E3 Monday 13th June, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
SELLING SILVER. THREE CENTURIES' PROMOTION BY GOLDSMITHS OF THEIR TRADE, FROM THE LATE 17TH to THE 20TH CENTURY
JOHN CULME - Silver Consultant and author
For further information and visuals:
Abi Gold/Diana Cawdell
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London W1F 9EB
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US Press: Magda Grigorian
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Notes to Editors
The lectures will be held in the Lecture Theatre within the Fair
Tickets for the lectures can be purchased from the Art Antiques London website www.haughton.com. Alternatively, you can book by telephone on +44 (0) 20 7389 6555 or by email to email@example.com.
All Lectures: £15 per person. Lecture ticket permits entry to the Fair
Payment by cheque/draft must be in STERLING and made payable to ICFS Ltd. (Please send with stamped self-addressed envelope to:
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9-15 June 2011 Preview: 8 June 2011
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About Haughton International Fairs
Husband and wife team Brian and Anna Haughton, from London, have been a strong force in the art market for nearly 30 years as the organisers of four international fairs in New York and a fifth in London. They were the first to give a substantial body of top European and subsequently Far Eastern dealers the opportunity to exhibit in the United States. Throughout, the Haughtons’ aim has been to create “an international community of interest in art, antiques and design – one in which commerce and academia live harmoniously.” They boldly entered the American fairs arena in 1989 with The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show and a line-up of exhibitors drawn from among the world’s most prestigious art dealers, including many of the top names in New York itself and, with them, a fabulous selection of high-end art and antiques. Taking place at New York’s Park Avenue Armory (Park Avenue at 67th Street) it quickly became one of the most important fairs in the world. Prior to this the Haughtons had already initiated their idea of creating an international forum with The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar, held annually in London every June since 1982. Art Antiques London will now incorporate The Ceramics Fair and bring in new and exciting collecting areas.