FPS Online Lecture | Angiviller, Rambouillet, and ‘Etruscan’ Taste

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on July 9, 2021

From The French Porcelain Society:

Gabriel Wick and John Whitehead | Angiviller, Rambouillet, and ‘Etruscan’ Taste
Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue Memorial Lecture
FPS, Online, Sunday, 11 July 2021, 18.00 (BST)

The French Porcelain Society is delighted to host the Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue Memorial Lecture with Gabriel Wick, curator of the exhibition Vivre à l’Antique, who will explore the fascinating history of Rambouillet, a château associated with the avant-garde ‘Etruscan’ taste championed by the comte d’Angiviller. John Whitehead will discuss the Sèvres-porcelain service created for its dairy. We hope you can join us!

FPS members will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to join the online lecture. If you want to join, please contact us for more details on FPSenquiries@gmail.com. This will be the last Living Room Lecture until Sunday, 5 September 2021.

Rambouillet, 30-miles southwest of Paris, is the most recent and the least-known of France’s royal palaces. Acquired by Louis XVI as a domaine privé only six-years before the Revolution, it served successive sovereigns and presidents as a hunting lodge and rustic retreat until 2009, when it was entrusted to the care of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux and opened to the public. In the second half of the 1780s, the king’s de facto minister of the arts, the comte d’Angiviller, developed a number of remarkable projects for the domain—a proposal for the reconstruction of the château à l’antique, a model farm, extensive plantations of American trees, and the menagerie and dairy. The last of these, conceived as a theatrical evocation of the arts and rituals of the Etruscans, benefitted from contributions by Hubert Robert, Jean-Jacques Lagrenée, Georges Jacob, and the Sèvres manufacture (which Angiviller directed since 1783).


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