Conference | Auricular Style: Frames

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on May 31, 2016

From the conference website:

Auricular Style: Frames
The Wallace Collection, London, 5–6 October 2016

Organized by Gerry Alabone and Lynn Roberts

This two-day international conference is the first dedicated to the Auricular style, centring on one of its most significant manifestations, the picture frame. The conference aims to stimulate awareness and study of this important but neglected style by bringing together research in fine and decorative art histories. Speakers from Europe, UK, and USA will consider the origins and development of the Auricular style in different materials, including silver, wood, stucco, and leather. Papers will explore how other areas of the decorative and applied arts fed into the creation of picture frames. They will examine the influence of prints, drawings, ad the style’s dissemination between European centres in Bohemia, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Britain. Poster presentations will be exhibited during the conference. These will be edited with the papers and published, fully illustrated, for free download on Auricular Style: Frameswhich, it is hoped, will become a hub for future related research.

Early bird registration is now open. Early bird ticket prices (including Eventbrite’s commission): £100 regular, £90 Icon members, £50 students (ID to be shown at conference). Early bird option ends and prices rise after 30 June. The theatre’s capacity is 150; therefore, early registration is recommended. No refunds will be made after 23 September. If you do not wish your email address to be included in the Delegates list, please contact the event coordinator at gdsg.events@gmail.com.

Convenors: Gerry Alabone (Tate / City and Guilds of London Art School) and Lynn Roberts (The Frame Blog) in association with the Institute of Conservation (Gilding and Decorative Surfaces Group).

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5  O C T O B E R  2 0 1 6

9.00  Registration and coffee

• On the Inception of Auricular Ornament: Paulus van Vianen’s Metamorphic Bodies and the Fleshy Frame (Allison Stielau, McGill University)
• Object Bodies, Metal Mounts and the Skins of Things (Anna Grasskamp, Heidelberg University)


• A French Auricular? A Brief History of a Style (Marika Knowles, Harvard University)
• German Knorpelwerk: Auricular Dissemination in Prints, Woodcarving, Stucco and Painted Wall Decorations, 1620–1670 (Daniela Roberts, Würzburg University)
• The Auricular Style in Dutch Furniture (Reinier Baarsen, Leiden University / Rijksmuseum)

Lunch break

• Gilt Leather: A Creative Industry avant la lettre (Eloy Koldeweij, Cultural Heritage Agency, the Netherlands)
• Material Research on Auricular Frames in the Netherlands (Hubert Baija, Rijksmuseum)
• The Auricular Frame Depicted in Paintings (Lynn Roberts, The Frame Blog)


• Between Amsterdam, Paderborn and Rome: A Remarkable Frame in the Collections of the Louvre (Charlotte Chastel-Rousseau, Louvre)
• Dutch Auricular Woodcarving (Ada de Wit, Radboud University / Wallace Collection)

6  O C T O B E R  2 0 1 6

9.55  Welcome and introduction

• The Development of an Auricular Style in Florence (Adriana Turpin, Institut d’Études Supèrieures des Arts)
• Anthropomorphism and Zoomorphism in the Medici Picture Frames (Marilena Mosco, former Director of Palazzo Pitti)


• Florentine Auricular Frames: Techniques and Aesthetics (Aviv Fürst, Palazzo Pitti)
• Documenting Developments in the Taste for Auricular Framing in England, 1620–1700 (Jacob Simon, National Portrait Gallery)
• Looking at Material and Visual Evidence of English Auricular Frames (Gerry Alabone, Tate / City and Guilds of London Art School)

Lunch break

• An Auricular Frame amongst the Founder’s Collection of the Ashmolean Museum (Tim Newbery and Jevon Thistlewood, Ashmolean Museum)
• Picture Galleries in Seventeenth-Century Britain (Honorary Professor Karen Hearn, University College London)
• Notes on the Revival of the Auricular Style for Picture Frames (Christopher Rowell, National Trust)


• The Auricular Today: Putting an Ear to the Ground (Steve Shriver, art+works)
• Panel discussion with all speakers (to finish at 5.00pm)

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