Entitled The Splendour of the Dining Room, the seminar will cover a wide range of ceramic subjects and their relationship with other art forms, such as silver and sculpture.
Ceramics have always had a central place in the social background of the 18th century as well as often being given as diplomatic princely gifts. From Henry VIII to the present day, the seminar’s 14 international speakers will be talking about such fascinating subjects as State Banquet silver in the reign of Henry VIII; to dining in mid-18th century Vienna; to the great silver-gilt dining service amassed by George IV over his lifetime; to insights into Japanese dining traditions; to the importance of napery and much more.
For the past 35 years there has been an International Ceramics Seminar in London, organised by Brian and Anna Haughton, and they have decided to introduce the annual seminar with the support and encouragement from many academic colleagues from all over the world in order to keep the focus and continuity on ceramics in London during June.
Professor Dame Rosalind Savill, former Director of the Wallace Collection, said, “Once again Brian and Anna Haughton have pulled a porcelain rabbit out of the hat with this inspirational two days of lectures at Christie’s on The Splendour of the Dining Room. For 35 years the Haughtons have kept the ceramics world alive with their Fairs, and have actively encouraged young scholar and curators who now are the respected professionals in their fields. This seminar provides a new opportunity for these international experts, together with collectors, students and enthusiasts, to share, learn and celebrate the endlessly varied wares used at the European dining table.”
Details about the costs for the semina can be found at www.haughton.com. The Splendour of the Dining Room will take place on 28 and 29 June at Christie’s, 8 King Street, St James’s, London.