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16th May / 2021
BIFMO free-to-FHS-members Online Lecture - Sean Clarke

Take Up Your Bed and Walk: British & Irish Campaign Furniture from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century, Sunday 16 May, 19.00 (BST)

At a time when overseas travel continues to be elusive, join us for a fascinating evening lecture when Sean Clarke considers the history of furniture made for voyages and campaigns.  Sean's account will take us from the eighteenth century, when campaign furniture looked like its domestic equivalent but with hidden bolts and hinges etc., through to more sophisticated designs of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  These pieces were very often ingenious, such as the four-poster bed that could collapse into a trunk, but also exquisitely made by famous names like Gillows and Morgan & Sanders. 

Print showing Wellington by William Heath (1829). Image: Christopher Clarke Antiques

Sean Clarke is a director of Christopher Clarke Antiques in Stow on the Wold. As far as they are aware, they are the only dealers world-wide who specialise in campaign and travel furniture. They are also active researchers and writers and have produced over 30 catalogues on the subject. Sean has been an antiques dealer for nearly 30 years and, with his brother Simon, has run Christopher Clarke Antiques for 22 years. He is a former chairman of The Cotswold Antique Dealers’ Association and a current director of LAPADA.

This event is free to FHS members.  Non-members please click here to pay £5 to attend this lecture.  The payment code is SUGETA.

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The Foyle Foundation sponsors BIFMO’s outreach programme. 

This event is also supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

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