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Online Lecture | Diana Davis on Furniture for the Anglo-Gallic Interior

Posted in books, lectures (to attend) by Editor on June 23, 2020

The Green Drawing Room of the Earl of Essex at Cassiobury, by William Henry Hunt, 1823
(New York: Cooper Hewitt Museum, Thaw Collection, 2007-27-4)

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From the FHS announcement:

Diana Davis, Raiding the Past: Furniture for the Anglo-Gallic Interior, 1800–1865
Furniture History Society Online Lecture, Sunday, 28 June 2020, 19.00 (BST)

In December 1836, the dealer George Gunn advertised his “BUHL and MARQUETERIE FURNITURE, clocks, bronzes, carved salons, consoles, ancient chimnies, tapestry, and every description of property connected with the time and taste of Louis XIV.” It reflected a radical change in collecting practice, an opulent Anglo-Gallic decorative style that combined the contrasting taste of two rival nations. This talk by Dr Diana Davis investigates the role of dealer cabinetmakers such as Edward Holmes Baldock and Robert Hume, who transformed ancien régime furniture into cherished heirlooms for a new century and then created their own new and modified furniture inspired by it. By examining this furniture from the patron’s perspective and in the context of the interiors for which it was made, the dealer emerges centre stage as trader, maker, and tastemaker. The lecture is to accompany the publication of Dr Davis’s exciting new book, The Tastemakers: British Dealers and the Anglo Gallic Interior, 1785–1865, and we will be disclosing some discount codes, for 20% off the RRP, on the evening.

Diana Davis specializes in the interface between collectors, dealers, and the art market in the nineteenth century. She co-edits the French Porcelain Society Journal and has lectured for Christie’s Education, the Furniture History Society, the French Porcelain Society, the Wallace Collection, the National Trust, at the Jewish Country House Conference, and at Masterpiece.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/92489818630?pwd=SWlGdE5EZ0pnb3AzLzJ2TndlamY1dz09
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Attendees will be admitted from the waiting room from 18.45. Please make sure that you are muted and that your camera is turned off. For security reasons we will lock the meeting at 19.20, so please make sure you have joined by then. The lecture will be followed by a round of Q&A; please use the chat message box at the bottom of your Zoom window. Zoom has increased its security and you may be required to install an update. The FHS has decided to invite the members of other like-minded societies around the world. If you are not yet a member but would like to join the society, please see our website.

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