Online Course | British Furniture Making and the Globalised Trade

Posted in online learning by Editor on November 1, 2022

From FHS:

British Furniture Making and the Globalised Trade
Online, BIFMO-FHS, Wednesdays in November 2022

British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO), as part of the Furniture History Society (FHS), is offering a course on Zoom every Wednesday throughout November. Each week curators and historians will consider how methods and ideas about furniture making have been transmitted between countries from the 17th to the 20th century. Some speakers will consider how methods and designs in Britain were influenced by immigration to this country, while others will look at the impact of British furniture makers who emigrated to other countries such as the United States. These presentations will include a wide variety of fine examples of craftsmanship from 17th-century silver furniture, to Ralph Turnbull working in 19th-century Jamaica, through to the impact of Danish furniture importers and Arne Jacobsen in the 20th century.

Each week’s session will start at 16.30 and conclude at 19.30 (GMT). Please note that for the first week, our US participants on the East Coast will be only four hours behind the UK. Weeks 2 to 5 will revert to the usual five-hour difference. Most of the presentations will be 30 minutes in length followed by a short Q&A session. The programme on Week 4 varies slightly and will include five speakers instead of four, but the total length of the session will be the same (three hours). There will be a 15-minute comfort break approximately halfway through each weekly programme.

It is possible to book individual weeks, but you will benefit from a discount if you book all five sessions together. FHS members benefit from a further discount on all tickets. Tickets are available through Eventbrite here. Don’t worry if you are unable to attend a live event, as most of the presentations will be recorded and every ticket-holder will receive a link to the relevant recording. Please click here for further information about the speakers and the presentations. If you have any questions, please email Ann Davies at bifmo@furniturehistorysociety.org.

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Week 1 | November 2

The Impact of Immigration on the Furniture Trade in the 17th Century
• Grinling Gibbons — David Luard
• Furniture Made for the Court and the City — Adriana Turpin
• Upholsterers, Mercers, and Lace Men at the Late Stuart Court: Patronage, Networks, and International Influences — Olivia Fryman
• ‘Such Massey Pieces of Plate’: Silver Furniture in England, 1660–1702 — Matthew Winterbottom

Week 2 | November 9

Furniture Making in London and Europe
• Huguenots Furniture Makers in the Long 18th Century — Tessa Murdoch
• Following a Thread: How Mr Potter’s Designs Travelled — Sarah Medlam
• ‘Gorgeous Pieces of Inlaid Work with Figures’: Notes on Johann Gottlieb Fiedler, Berlin’s Early Classicist Ebeniste — Achim Stiegel
• British Models for Italian Furniture Makers — Enrico Colle

Week 3 | November 16

Global Networks and Furniture Making in the 18th Century
• The Aesthetic and Cultural Hybridity of Cantonese Trade Furniture — Karina Corrigan
• A Furniture Trade Adapting to the Benefits of Empire — John Cross
• Patterns, Templates, and Publications: British and Irish Émigré Cabinetmakers in America — Alexandra Kirtley
• English Influences in the Southern States of America — Tom Savage

Week 4 | November 23

Immigration and Emigration of Furniture Makers in the 19th Century
• Johann Martin Levien: Master Cabinetmaker of Prussia, New Zealand, and England — Serena Newmark
• Anecdotes on the Immigrant Furniture Making Community in the Tottenham Court Road Area, London, 1850–1900 — Clarissa Ward
• 19th-Century Specimen Furniture in Jamaica and the British Empire — Catherine Ducette
• The Crace Firm and French Influences — Megan Aldrich
• The Relationship between Britain and the US at the Great Exhibitions of the 19th century — David Tiedemann

Week 5 | November 30

Making the Modern World: Global Connections into the 20th Century
• ‘Princely but Peaceful Splendor’: Cottier & Co. in New York — Max Donnelly
• The Furniture Export Trade between Australia and Britain in the 19th Century — Clive Edwards
• Immigrant Furniture Workers in the East End of London including a Case Study of the Hille Firm — Pat Kirkham
• Denmark in Britain: The Work and Influence of the Danish Furniture Importers and Wholesalers in London — Bruce Peter

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