Symposium | Everyday Rococo: Madame de Pompadour and the Arts

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on September 3, 2021

Tray and Tea Service (déjeuner ‘Courteille’, four gobelets ‘Hébert’ et soucoupes, pot à sucre ‘Bouret’), Manufacture de Sèvres, soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded, lapis and green ground painted with children in landscapes by André-Vincent Vielliard, date letter F for 1759; probably bought by Mme de Pompadour in December 1759 (London: The Wallace Collection, C401-06).

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From The French Porcelain Society:

Everyday Rococo: Madame de Pompadour and the Arts
The Wallace Collection, London, 3–4 December 2021; rescheduled for 1–2 July 2022

The French Porcelain Society is pleased to announce its forthcoming symposium Everyday Rococo: Madame de Pompadour and the Arts to be held at the Wallace Collection, London, on 3–4 December 2021. With two days of papers, which we hope will also be available online, this will be the first reassessment of Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson’s artistic patronage since the landmark exhibition Madame de Pompadour et les Arts of 2002.

Commemorating the tercentenary of her birth, and marking the publication of Rosalind Savill’s book Everyday Rococo: Madame Pompadour and Sèvres Porcelain, this conference will welcome international experts discussing her interests in the fine and decorative arts from pets to porcelain and from prints to religious paintings. Further details will follow in the autumn, but please save the dates: Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December.

New Book | Everyday Rococo

Posted in books by Editor on September 3, 2021

Scheduled for publication in October:

Rosalind Savill, Everyday Rococo: Madame de Pompadour and Sèvres Porcelain (London: Unicorn Press, 2021), 704 pages, ISBN: ‎ 978-1916495715, £200.

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson (1721–1764), Marquise de Pompadour, the 300th anniversary of whose birth will be celebrated on 29 December 2021, became the official mistress of Louis XV of France in 1745, and for the rest of her life their patronage of Vincennes/Sèvres helped to make it one of the greatest porcelain factories in history. Everyday Rococo: Madame de Pompadour and Sèvres Porcelain is a year-on-year richly-illustrated chronology of her daily life and purchases. Although also partly a social history revealing Madame de Pompadour as a major player in the art and politics of eighteenth-century France, Rosalind Savill’s diligent research has concentrated on the everyday details of Madame de Pompadour’s life for which Vincennes/Sèvres catered so perfectly.

Rosalind Savill, DBE, FBA, FSA, was Director of the Wallace Collection in London from 1992 until 2011, and is a specialist in French decorative arts, especially Sèvres porcelain. Her major publication, The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, 3 vols, 1988, was awarded the National Art-Collection Fund prize for Scholarship in 1990. She was appointed CBE for Services to the Study of Ceramics in 2000, won the European Woman of Achievement Award (Arts and Media) in 2005, was appointed DBE for Services to the Arts in 2009, and was appointed an Ocier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France, in 2014. She co-curated the exhibition The Art of Love: Madame de Pompadour at the Wallace Collection in 2002.

Online Tour | European Porcelain at Villa Cagnola

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on September 3, 2021

Online this Sunday from the French Porcelain Society:

Alessandro Biancalana, European Porcelain at Villa Cagnola
FPS Living Room Lecture, 5 September 2021, 18.00 (BST)

The French Porcelain Society is delighted to continue its online lectures with a very special private tour of Villa Cagnola, north of Milan. Alessandro Biancalana will discuss some highlights from the vast collection of European porcelain in the villa, including Doccia, Meissen, and Capodimonte. He will be joined during the Q&A session by director Don Eros Monti and curator Andrea Bardelli. We hope you can join us. For free links, please email FPSmailing@gmail.com.

“I would define Villa Cagnola not as a house museum in the strictest sense of the term, but rather as a Wunderkammer. Among its numerous treasures, including naturalia, porcelain plays a leading role: it is a composite collection, which has the eighteenth century as leitmotif, bringing together pieces from different manufactories all of them of high quality. Walking along Villa Cagnola’s rooms and looking at the showcases full of objects fascinates the visitor who travels between decorative systems and shapes that are different from each other: the most important European centres of production are represented with Meissen, Doccia, and the most relevant Venetian factories. I hope our journey is stimulating and a source of curiosity.” –Alessandro Biancalana

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