Symposium | Everyday Rococo

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on June 15, 2022

From the FPS:

Everyday Rococo: Madame de Pompadour and the Arts
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1–2 July 2022

Organised by Mia Jackson and Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth

The French Porcelain Society is pleased to announce the rescheduling of the symposium Everyday Rococo: Madame de Pompadour and the Arts to be held at the Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, on the 1st and 2nd July 2022. With two days of papers, 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 de Pompadour and Sèvres Porcelain, this conference will welcome international experts discussing her interests in the fine and decorative arts. Speakers’ biographies and paper abstracts are available here. The symposium is organised by Dr Mia Jackson (Waddesdon Manor) and Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (DAS Department, V&A Museum).

To book tickets, please visit the French Porcelain Society’s website»

F R I D A Y ,  1  J U L Y  2 0 2 2

10.20  Welcome and Introduction by Dame Rosalind Savill (moderator of Day One)

10.35  Morning Session
• John Whitehead (Independent Scholar), The Crisis of 1745: New Thoughts on Madame de Pompadour, the Orry Brothers, and the Vincennes Porcelain Factory
• Kristel Smentek (Associate Professor of Art History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Asia at Home: Madame de Pompadour’s Mounted Chinese Porcelain
• Susan Wager (Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, University of New Hampshire), Pompadour Sculpsit: Gems, Prints, and Authorship

13.20  Lunch Break

14.20  Afternoon Session
• Aileen Ribeiro (Professor Emeritus, Courtauld Institute of Art), Madame de Pompadour and the Goddess of Appearances
• Joana Mylek (PhD Candidate, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich), Madame de Pompadour’s Collection of Meissen Porcelain
• Bertrand Rondot (Conservateur en chef, Château de Versailles), A Rococo Rupture: Or Madame de Pompadour’s Taste in Furniture

16.30  Discussion

18.00  Drinks at the Savile Club (generously sponsored by Christie’s and Bonhams)

19.30  Dinner at the Savile Club (reservation only)

S A T U R D A Y ,  2  J U L Y  2 0 2 2

10.20  Opening Remarks by Helen Jacobsen (moderator of Day Two)

10.25  Morning Session
• Rosalind Savill (Former Director of the Wallace Collection), Madame de Pompadour’s Sèvres Porcelain for Everyday Use
• Mia Jackson (Curator of Decorative Arts, Waddesdon Manor), Pampered and Adored: Madame de Pompadour’s Pets
• Alexandre Gady (Professor of the History of Art, Sorbonne Université), Madame de Pompadour as a Patron of Architecture: Some Reflections

13.00  Lunch Break

14.00  Afternoon Session
• Rachel Jacobs (Curator of Books and Manuscripts, Waddesdon Manor), Madame de Pompadour’s Library
• Alden Gordon (Professor of Fine Arts, Trinity College, Hartford), The Language of Gifts: Madame de Pompadour’s Hierarchy of Giving and Receiving

15.15  Discussion

15.45  Closing Remarks


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