New Book | Collecting Chinese and Japanese Porcelain in Paris

Posted in books by Editor on September 19, 2013

Scheduled to appear in November from Getty Publications:

Stéphane Castelluccio, Collecting Chinese and Japanese Porcelain in Pre-Revolutionary Paris (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2013), 224 pages, ISBN 978-1606061398, $60.

9781606061398_grandeThis beautifully illustrated volume traces the changing market for Chinese and Japanese porcelain in Paris from the early years of the reign of Louis XIV (1643–1715) through the eighteenth century. The increase in the quantity and variety of East Asian wares imported during this period spurred efforts to record and analyze them, resulting in a profusion of inventories, sales catalogues, and treatises. These contemporary sources—many never published before—provide a comprehensive picture of porcelains: when they were first available; what kinds were most admired during various periods; where and at what price they were sold; who owned them; and how they were displayed and used.

Over the course of these two centuries, a preference for blue-and-white Chinese works arranged in crowded, asymmetrical groupings gave way to symmetrical presentations of polychrome and monochrome Japanese pieces on brackets, tables, and mantelpieces, often mixed with bronzes, marble vases, and paintings. Some porcelains now received elaborate silver or gilt-bronze mounts. The illustrated pieces, which include pitchers, vases, lidded bowls, and writing sets, are drawn from the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Also included are exquisite porcelains from the Musée Guimet in Paris, many published here for the first time.

Stéphane Castelluccio is chargé de recherche at Le Centre National de la Recheche Scientifique (CNRS), Centre André Chastel, Paris. He is the author of Le Commerce du Luxe à Paris aux XVIIe et XVIIIe (Peter Lang, AG, 2009) and Les Fastes de la Galerie des Glaces (Payot, 2007).

Study Day | Art, Animals, and Politics at Knowsley Hall

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 19, 2013

From the conference programme:

Art, Animals, and Politics: Knowsley and The Earls of Derby
Knowsley Hall, Merseyside, 9 October 2013

art, animals, and politicsHistorians, art historians and natural historians will be presenting exciting new research on three of the outstanding legacies of the Earls of Derby and the Stanley family: the art collection, the natural history library and the political archive. Emphasis will be also be placed on the family’s considerable historical and social influence in the north-west of England, as well as their political impact on the national and international stages, notably throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and the first half of the 20th century. For more information or to register, please email events@knowsley.com.

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Keynote Address
David Starkey, The political and cultural significance of Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

Session 1: Art
· Elspeth Graham (Liverpool John Moores University), The Shakespearean stage: Prescot, Lathom and Knowsley
· Richard Stephens (University of York), The 10th Earl as a collector of old master paintings and patron of the arts at Knowsley during the 1720s
· Jonny Yarker (Trinity College, University of Cambridge), Hamlet Winstanley as an artist, copyist and art-agent for the 10th Earl
· Xanthe Brooke (Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool), Aspects of the old master picture collection at Knowsley during the 18th century
· Gill Perry (Open University), The image of Eliza Farren, Georgian comic actress and Countess of Derby

Session 2: Animals and Edward Lear
· David Attenborough, Edward Lear’s natural history watercolours and prints for the 13th Earl
· Colin Harrison (Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford), Edward Lear’s landscape watercolours in the Derby Collection

Session 3: Politics
· Angus Hawkins (University of Oxford), The forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl Douglas Hurd, Lord Hurd of Westwell: The 15th Earl’s career as Foreign Secretary
· Bendor Grosvenor (Philip Mould Ltd), The Eastern Question and the 15th Earl’s foreign policy
· Jennifer Davey (University of East Anglia), The Invisible Politician: The political career of the 15th Countess of Derby

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