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6th May / 2017
ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM 2017

THE 41ST ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE FURNITURE HISTORY SOCIETY - ‘IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CORINTH AND ATHENS’: NEO-CLASSICAL GILT-BRONZE

THE WALLACE COLLECTION, HERTFORD HOUSE, MANCHESTER SQUARE, LONDON, W1U 3BN

SATURDAY, 6th MAY 2017

10am - 5pm

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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 Gouthiére’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

 

Tickets must be purchased in advance and early booking is recommended.

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 a cost of £20, to include a glass of wine. Tickets for lunch must be purchased at least 7 days in advance from the Events Secretary or online. The Wallace Collection Restaurant will be open for bookings (Tel: 0207 563 9505) and there are plenty of local cafes/restaurants.

Fees: £50 for FHS members/£30 for FHS members under 30/lunch tickets at £20 for FHS members only.  Please visit Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-41st-annual-symposium-of-the-furniture-history-society-tickets-32259978464) to purchase these tickets.

All non-members: £65 with a reduction of £5 if joining the FHS - for this type of ticket please contact the Events Secretary, events@furniturehistorysociety.org and 07775  907390

Contact events@furniturehistorysociety.org to register interest.

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