The French Porcelain Society’s Online Symposium, 2020

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 27, 2020

The programme includes some eighteenth-century offerings; from The French Porcelain Society:

The French Porcelain Society’s Online Symposium
Celebrating John Mallet’s 90th Birthday
7–8 November 2020

J. V. G. Mallet’s achievements in the field of ceramics are many as proved by his copious bibliography. It is however, John’s ground-breaking work in the field of istoriato maiolica of the 16th century and particularly his focus on the most important Renaissance maiolica-painters of the period, which has to be acknowledged as a major factor behind the resurgence of interest in this fascinating type of painting on pottery.

Our international online symposium, over two afternoons, will focus on John’s main area of research, istoriato maiolica or ‘narrative ware’. This extraordinary pictorial language flourished in the lands of the Dukes of Urbino, whose humanist court inspired Baldassar Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier and which was Raphael birthplace. The imagery created in Raphael’s workshop was such a powerful influence on istoriato, that it was once believed that Raphael and his pupils actually painted the wares, leading it to be called ‘Raphael ware’.

Most notable are John’s magisterial articles on Urbino istoriato. Applying the same method that art historians use for painting, he has been able to group stylistically many different istoriato painters, and give names to otherwise unknown important maiolica masters, including: The ‘In Castel Durante Painter’, ‘The Master of the Apollo Basin’, ‘The Milan Marsyas Painter’, and ‘The Painter of the Coal Mine Dishes’. John also has written extensively on the painters active in the workshop of Guido Durantino, around the art of the great Nicola da Urbino, on Francesco ‘Urbini’, on Maestro Giorgio of Gubbio, and on Xanto—one of the most intriguing personalities in the world of ceramics, on whom John organised a ground-breaking monographic exhibition at the Wallace Collection in 2007. His catalogue of the maiolica in the Hockemeyer Collection in Bremen is a landmark of scholarship.

The symposium will give particular emphasis to the relationship between istoriato and graphic sources originating in and around Raphael’s workshop, 500 years after the death of the Urbino master in 1520. Reflecting John’s wide-ranging knowledge and interests in many other fields of ceramics, the symposium will also feature lectures on European pottery and porcelain.

The event is free and open to all, but donations are always appreciated. For more information and registration details, please contact the organiser Dr Elisa Paola Sani at FPSenquiries@gmail.com.

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Maiolica in the Shadow of Raphael
Saturday, 7 November 2020, 16.00–19.00 UK GMT

Welcome: Dame Rosalind Savill, DBE (President, The French Porcelain Society, London)
Introduction: Timothy Wilson (Honorary Keeper, Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford)

• Claudio Paolinelli (Co-curator of Raphael Ware, Urbino), Virtual Tour of Raphael Ware, the Maiolica Show in Urbino Ducal Palace
• David Ekserdjian (University of Leicester), Xanto and Raphael
• Suzanne Higgott (Curator, The Wallace Collection), The Wallace Collection Bathing Nymphs
• Carmen Ravanelli Guidotti (former Keeper, M.I.C., Faenza), Raphaelesque Taste: An Istoriato from an Ancient Italian Collection
• Marino Marini (Keeper, Museo del Bargello, Florence), Un’iconografia raffaellesca su una coppa faentina al Bargello
• Karine Tsoumis (Curator, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto), Portable Worlds: Maiolica in the Serenissima
• Justin Raccanello (Author and Lecturer, London), Raphaelism and Raffaelleschi
• Michael J. Brody (Jefferson University, Philadelphia), A Mythological Dish by Sforza di Marcantonio Dated 1548
• Elisa Paola Sani (Research Fellow, The Courtauld Gallery, London), In the Shadow of Nicola da Urbino

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A Celebration of John Mallet
Sunday, 8 November 2020, 16.00–19.00 UK GMT

Chair: Timothy Wilson (Honorary Keeper, Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford)

• Valentina Mazzotti (Keeper of M.I.C., Faenza), John Mallet, Fundamental Contributions in ‘Faenza’
• Errol Manners, FSA (Author and Lecturer, London), Antoine-Salomon Taunay and Louis, Duc d’Orleans, the Travels of a Chemist
• Francoise Barbe (Conservateur en chef, Département des Objets d’art, Louvre, Paris), French Lead Glazes at the Time of Palissy
• Camille Leprince (Author and Lecturer, Paris), Collecting and Reproducing Raphael Ware in 17th-Century France
• Cristina Maritano (Curator of ceramics, Palazzo Madama, Turin), Raphael on the Pharmacy Shelf: An 18th-Century Ligurian Set
• Roger Massey (Author and Lecturer, London), A Bristol Porcelain Figure in the Schreiber Collection at the V&A
• Raffaella Ausenda (Author and Lecturer, Urbino), Maiolica in the Bossi Collection at the Castello Sforzesco, Milan
• Sir Timothy Clifford (former Director, National Gallery of Scotland), Few Thoughts for John
• Giulio Busti (Honorary Curator, Museo delle Ceramiche, Deruta), Un saluto a John
• John Mallet (Former Keeper of the Ceramics Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London), Collecting for the V&A

Call for Articles | Reframing Eighteenth-Century European Ceramics

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 27, 2020

Two Freemasons, modelled by Johann Joachim Kändler, Meissen, ca. 1744; hard-paste porcelain, enamels, and gold; 23 × 24 × 15 cm
(New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Irwin Untermeyer, 1964. 64.101.112)

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From the Call for Papers:

Reframing Eighteenth-Century European Ceramics
The French Porcelain Society Journal 9 (2022)

Proposals due by 1 February 2021; completed articles due by 1 September 2021

The French Porcelain Society Journal is the leading academic, peer-reviewed English-language publication on European ceramics and their histories, illustrated in full colour. Over recent years we have broadened our mandate to encompass all European ceramics from 1450 to 1950. Our next issue, volume IX, to be published in 2022, will concentrate on the eighteenth-century, which saw the discovery of ‘white gold’ (porcelain manufactured in Europe), embraced a widespread interest in the Age of Enlightenment, coupled with rising political upheavals and a consumer revolution for the luxury goods market. Yet what role did ceramics play within this? Can we rethink the traditional roles of the patron, the consumer, and the collector? What impact did the social construction of gender, race, and class have on ceramic production, design, markets, and use? Beyond their technological developments, how did ceramics reflect and respond to the significant artistic, cultural, social, economic, spiritual, and political matters of their time? This forthcoming issue of FPS Journal will challenge us to rethink accepted definitions by presenting works that demonstrate the tremendous variety of subjects and purposes of European ceramics. We are seeking articles that reframe our traditional perceptions, paying attention to materials and environments that re-evaluate conventional approaches to ceramic history, and welcome proposals that introduce historically under-represented objects or subjects. Articles are not restricted to French porcelain but may also include Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, English, Scandinavian, German, and Austrian porcelain and earthenware.

Topics for consideration may include but are not limited to the following:
• Displaying ceramics in eighteenth-century and later interiors, exhibiting practices and architectural spaces
• Ceramics in eighteenth-century literature
• Socio-economic factors influencing eighteenth-century ceramic design or production
• Intersections between ceramics and the history of dining and food culture
• Recycling and repurposing eighteenth-century ceramics
• Collaboration and competition between factories
• Ceramics, politics and nationalism
• Patronage
• Ceramics, science and enlightenment
• Originality and invention in manufacture and design
• Eighteenth-century ceramics and visual culture
• Ceramic encounters between cultures through colonization, migration, trade, and war
• Eighteenth-century ceramics and the museum, acquisition, and display
• Ceramics and the art market
• Collecting ceramics in the eighteenth century
• Collecting eighteenth-century ceramics after 1800

Submissions in the first instance should be a summary of no more than 500 words, with a brief description of the argument, a historiography and a note of the research tools and sources used. Articles must be original; we do not accept modified versions of articles published elsewhere electronically or in print. Please include a brief biography. The journal accepts articles in French as well as in English. The volume will comprise about 15 articles that will be peer reviewed by the editorial board and the FPS council of academic and museum specialists which includes: Dame Rosalind Savill, DBE, FBA, FSA (Curator Emeritus, The Wallace Collection, London); Oliver Fairclough, FSA; John Whitehead, FSA; Errol Manners, FSA; Patricia Ferguson; Dr. Diana Davis; and Dr. Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (Visiting Research Fellow University of Leeds and Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum). Articles should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length excluding endnotes. Up to 15 high-resolution images per article will be accepted.

Please send abstracts as an e-mail attachment to Patricia Ferguson, patricia.f.ferguson@gmail.com; Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth c.mccaffrey-howarth@leeds.ac.uk; and Diana Davis diana_davis@hotmail.co.uk by 1 February 2021. If your abstract is accepted, articles and images will be due by 1 September 2021. Publication is provisional on satisfactory peer review. For further details, please see the FPS website.

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