We have just been notified about this fascinating course, being run by the University Of Cambridge Institute Of Continuing Education this coming weekend:
The life and times of Thomas Chippendale
Thomas Chippendale’s role in the development of furniture will be studied in the context of other designers and cabinet-makers working in the period 1740 to 1780. His work in the rococo taste and then in the neo-classical style for Robert Adam will be considered along with his standard design book of 1754: The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director.
The course will be taught by Martin Beazor. Martin is an antiques dealer and the Managing Director of his long-established family business, John Beazor Antiques in Cambridge. Martin has also lectured for the University of California, NADFAS and many antiques clubs and societies. He endeavours to convey not only the facts but also the feel of this fascinating subject. Martin has also been a member of the vetting Committee of the British Antique Dealers’ Association annual Fair. He is now a Fellow of the RSA.
This course will take place at Madingley Hall, an elegant 16th century country house three miles west of Cambridge that has been the home of ICE for much of its 140-year history. Accommodation within the Hall is available for the duration of the course weekend if desired, and meals in the grand dining hall – presenting an excellent opportunity for further discussions with fellow students – are included as part of the cost.
The fee for this course is £240. Accommodation is available in one of Madingley Hall’s comfortable en suite bedrooms for the course weekend if required; visit the website for full details:
Bill and Gerry Cotton plan to hold one or more furniture surgeries in 2014 in their home town of Cirencester for members who have furniture items, including chairs, which they can bring (or photographs of larger pieces), and who would like to hear them discussed, and hopefully learn more about them. It is also an opportunity to share your pieces with others, and to enjoy meeting fellow enthusiasts whilst expanding your knowledge, and hearing other views as well. Our own archive and library will be available, and, time permitting, our own household collection of regional furniture can also be examined as well. If those attending will send a photograph of their item(s) ahead of the event, it will give time for further research to be done.
The surgery will be held in the Cirencester saleroom of Moore Allen, whose Director, Phillip Allwood, has generously offered to open its doors to our group, and to provide catering facilities and access to objects in their collective sale for discussion as well.
This event are intended to be fun and instructional. There will be no fee for the day surgery, but a charge of £20.00 per person to cover the cost of the administration, lunch with wine, tea, and other refreshments, will be made. Bona fide students will be admitted free of all charges.
Cirencester is a lovely old town, and if you wish to stay overnight, we can suggest suitable central accommodation. An excellent train service connects to nearby Kemble station.
Please e-mail us if you would like to attend.
Dr.Bernard Cotton FSA, 10 Mill Place, Cirencester, GL7 2BG email@example.com
Each year the RFS awards a small number of research bursaries to current members. These are designed to encourage and support research projects related to regional furniture, with a view to publication.
Recent projects that have been funded are:
- Dendrochronological dating of the ‘domed’ chest at Fordwich Town Hall, Kent. Awarded to Chris Pickvance.
- Research and recording of spinning wheels in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the London Science Museum. The grant was for travel, accommodation, photographic materials and photocopying. Awarded to Valerie Bryant.
There are also a number of small conference and study day bursaries. These are intended to encourage interest in the subject and support early-career professional members and students, particularly those who are new to the subject, to attend the annual RFS conference or an RFS meeting. For further details see the Bursaries information page and application form here.
Treve Rosoman, Newsletter Editor writes:
The next RFS Spring Newsletter is due out towards the end of February 2014; therefore the deadline for copy is 22nd December 2013. If you have any little snippets of information, or photographs about regional furniture, where you have seen it, how it was used etc - please let me know by the 22nd, so that it can go into the Newsletter. The Newsletter is there for the membership and to contain news of what the Society will be doing, what it has done, book reviews and shorter notices concerning regional furniture in all its varieties. So please let me know by the 22nd December.
You can contact Treve at firstname.lastname@example.org with your proposals or contributions.
The latest editions of the RFS Newsletter and Journal have been published and are being sent to existing members this week. The newsletter has a full report on this summer’s conference and AGM in Edinburgh, as well as reports on recent RFS visits. The Journal this year contains six essays exploring inventories as source and evidence for furniture types, placement and use in specific homes and among different social classes.
There are two editions each year of the newsletter and an annual edition of the Journal - free to members. A list of past articles and contributors is available here. Join the Regional Furniture Society here and receive your copy of the latest newsletter and Journal.
As part of the Honiton Antiques Festival, long-standing RFS members Roderick & Valentine Butler are putting on an exhibition showing a country dealer’s workshop collection of 18th – 19th century handles, castors, hinges and bolts, including many examples with makers’ marks. Brassfounders’ catalogues will also be on view. The exhibition is on for one week only from 11 to 16 November 2013.
Any fellow RFS members prepared to make the pilgrimage to Honiton are assured of a warm welcome. The full programme for the week, shown by week and by day, is given on the website www.honitonantiquesfestival.com.
For further information please email email@example.com or call 01404 42169.
The Rijksmuseum has recently re-opened after a major re-display of their collections. An RFS visit has been proposed and is currently being arranged for January or February 2014, with the help of Paul van Duin, head of furniture conservation at the museum. In addition to the galleries we will also visit the conservation workshops. It is proposed that members will make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.
If you would like details once they are ready, email firstname.lastname@example.org.