Call for Papers | Rococo across Borders: Designers and Makers

Posted in Calls for Papers, exhibitions by Editor on October 6, 2022

From the Call for Papers:

Rococo across Borders: Designers and Makers
London, venue TBC, 24–25 March 2023

Organized by the Furniture History Society and the French Porcelain Society

Proposals due by 4 November 2022

We are delighted to announce that the Furniture History Society and the French Porcelain Society will be joining forces in Spring 2023 to hold a two-day symposium on the theme of Rococo across Borders: Designers and Makers. Using the Versailles exhibition Louis XV, Passion d’un roi / Passions of a King as our starting point, the symposium will broaden out to discuss the geographical spread of the style, the interaction between designers and makers, and the significant roles played by print culture and the evolving art market in disseminating the Rococo across Europe.

This symposium calls for papers that go beyond the traditional geographical, chronological, and conceptual fields of Rococo design to explore how it evolved throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In particular, it aims to open up wider discussions about the historical contexts for Rococo ceramics and furniture, the place of the ‘Rococo’ in museums and art historical scholarship today, and its impact on contemporary makers. We invite submissions for 30-minute conference papers. Topics for consideration may include, but are not limited to the following:
• ‘Beyond Rococo’: ceramics, furniture, and decorative schemes outside France
• Networks: makers, designers, and consumers across borders
• Case studies of individual interiors or objects
• Changing reception: scholastic and the art market

Please submit an abstract of 250–300 words and a short biography to diana_davis@hotmail.co.uk and events@furniturehistorysociety.org by Friday, 4 November 2022. Please email events@furniturehistorysociety.org with any queries.

Organizing Committee
Diana Davis, Patricia Ferguson, Beatrice Goddard, Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, David Oakey, and Adriana Turpin

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Picture Credits: Top left to bottom right, Flower vase (cuvette Mahon), probably designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis, Sèvres Manufactory, soft-paste porcelain, ca. 1757–60 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1974.356.592); Side chair, attributed to Benjamin Randolph, Philadelphia, mahogany, ca. 1769 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1974.325); Vase, Chelsea factory, soft-paste porcelain, ca. 1762 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970.313.2a); Commode attributed to William Vile and John Cobb, mahogany, pine, gilt-bronze, ca. 1760 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 64.101.1142); Girandolle à branche de porcelaine garnie d’Or, from Oeuvres de Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier, engraved by Gabriel Huquier, French, 1738–49 (Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 1921-6-212-29-b); Porcelain Room designed by Giuseppe Gricci, Real Fábrica de Porcelana del Buen Retiro, installed in the Palace of Aranjuez, 1763–65; Commode designed by Jean-François Cuvilliés, the Elder, pine partially painted and gilded, ca. 1735–40 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 28.154).

Exhibition | Louis XV: Passions of a King

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on October 6, 2022

Opening this month at Versailles:

Louis XV: Passions of a King / Passion d’un roi
Château de Versailles, 18 October 2022 — 19 February 2023

Curated by Yves Carlier and Hélène Delalex

For the 300th anniversary of King Louis XV’s coronation, Palace of Versailles is paying homage with an exceptional exhibition. Through more than 400 works, visitors can discover Louis XV (1710–1774) beyond his function as monarch, learning more about his passions, his family life, and his influence on the arts of his time.

Born in 1710 in Versailles, Louis XV was the son of the Duke of Burgundy and Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy, as well as the great-grandson of Louis XIV. Heir apparent after the death of his father, he became king at the tender age of five after the death of the Sun King on 1 September 1715.

A Private Man

The exhibition opens with an introduction to Louis XV as a man, looking back on his relations with his family and his entourage. His childhood, marked by grief, contrasts with his later life with his large family, where he delighted in his role as a father. Women also occupied a central place in the King’s life, such as his wife Marie Leszczynska, not to mention his many mistresses (some of whom made their mark on the period). The exhibition also explores Louis XV’s discreet, melancholy nature, a man who preferred the intimacy of his private apartments. There, he received his inner circle, who enjoyed his every confidence.

The King’s Tastes and Passions

The tour continues with the Louis XV’s passion for sciences, botany, and hunting, as well as his love of buildings, and the influence of all these fields on his reign. His curiosity and insatiable thirst for knowledge drove him to fund long sea voyages, transform Trianon into a garden full of botanical experiments, commission cutting-edge scientific tools, and order the mapping of the kingdom.

Louis XV and the Arts of His Time

The final section of the exhibition shows how the arts flourished during the reign of the ‘Well-Beloved’ (Bien-Aimé). Multiple masterpieces of rococo art introduced the public to the foundations of this style, which, free of symmetry and formal rules, shook up artistic creation in the 18th century.

Meet the Favourites

For this exhibition, the apartment of Madame de Pompadour, as well as that of Madame du Barry, freshly restored after eighteen months of work, will be opened to the public for guided tours, offering a unique experience at the heart of Louis XV’s private Versailles.

The exhibition is curated by Yves Carlier, Chief Heritage Curator at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon; and Hélène Delalex, Heritage Curator at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

Yves Carlier and Hélène Delalex, eds., Louis XV: Passion d’un roi (Château de Versailles / In Fine éditions d’art, 2022), 496 pages, ISBN: 978-2382030769, 49€.


Louis XV

L’Homme Privé
Une enfance de cimetière. Louis XV et la mort
Louis XV aux Tuileries, 1715–1722
1722, le retour à Versailles
Le sacre de Louis XV
Le mariage de Louis XV
Louis XV et ses enfants
Amis et amies du roi : les intimes
Les sœurs Mailly-Nesle ou la guerre des Nattier
Madame de Pompadour : l’amie nécessaire
Jeanne du Barry et le roi : une conspiration du silence
Les soupers des cabinets
Louis XV et la religion
Le Parc aux Cerfs : mythe révolutionnaire ou réalité historique ?
L’attentat de Damiens

Gôuts et Passions du Roi
L’esprit des livres : les bibliothèques personnelles de Louis XV
Louis XV, les livres et la reliure : la naissance de la bibliophilie moderne ?
Les expériences d’électricité sous le règne de Louis XV : un succès foudroyant
Le cabinet de Physique et d’Optique de Louis XV au château de La Muette 222
Louis XV « dans son particulier » : les tours du roi
Louis XV et la chasse
Louis XV et le théâtre
Louis XV et l’architecture

Les Arts sous le Règne de Louis XV
Rocaille : la forme et la force
Pour un art de cour ? Louis XV face aux arts de son temps
Boîtes et tabatières à la cour de France sous Louis XV
La Saxe en or moulu. Le goût pour les porcelaines de Meissen montées à la cour de Louis XV
L’importance des Gobelins et de la Savonnerie
Louis XV et la manufacture de porcelaine de Vincennes-Sèvres
Louis XV : une peinture pour le quotidien
Louis XV et la sculpture
La marquise de Pompadour et les arts : une « Apologie du luxe »
Madame Du Barry à la cour : l’affirmation d’un goût
Le Roi se meurt
« Qui nous délivrera de Louis XV et de son perpétuel recommencement ? » Le retour des lignes rocaille dans les arts décoratifs français du XIXe siècle



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