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24th - 25th Mar / 2023
The 47th Annual Symposium

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, London Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March 2023 10am - 5pm

Rococo Across Borders: Designers and Makers

Joint Symposium with the French Porcelain Society

A two-day symposium organized by the Furniture History Society & the French Porcelain Society on Rococo ceramics and furniture across Europe and beyond, which aims to examine the geographical spread of the Rococo style, the interaction between designers and makers, and the significant role played by print culture in its dissemination. It will go beyond the traditional geographical, chronological and conceptual fields of Rococo design to explore how the style evolved throughout the long Eighteenth century, and reflect on wider discussions about the historical contexts for Rococo ceramics and furniture, alongside the place of the ‘Rococo’ in museums and art historical scholarship today.

The Speakers are Reinier Baarsen (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Marie-Laure Buku-Pongo (Frick Collection, New York), Dennis Carr (The Huntington, Los Angeles), Stéphane Castelluccio (Director of Research at the Centre André Chastel), Sarah Coffin (formerly Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York), Turner Edwards (Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris), ceramics specialist Patricia Ferguson, Henrietta Graf (Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin), Philippe Halbert (Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford), Conor Lucey (University College, Dublin), Iris Moon (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Wim Nys (DIVA Museum, Antwerp), Mei Mei Rado (Bard Graduate Centre, New York), Jenny Saunt (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), decorative arts specialist John Whitehead and Michael Yonan (University of California).  The event will include the opportunity to join ‘object in focus’ sessions with V&A curators on the Friday lunchtime.

For a detailed programme and to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/519081104557

Images courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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