Exhibition: An Abiding Standard, Royal Academy of Arts, 25th February – 24th May

241. "The Chair Maker", engraving, 1944 [215 x 154 mm] Private Collection. © Stanley Anderson Estate

241. “The Chair Maker”, engraving, 1944 [215 x 154 mm] Private Collection. © Stanley Anderson Estate

Stanley Anderson RA (1884-1960) was a key figure in the revival of engraving in the 1920s, best known for his series of prints depicting England’s vanishing rural crafts. ‘The Chair Maker’, very probably of Jack Goodchild, one of the last of the Chiltern makers, is typical of his work to be shown in an exhibition, An Abiding Standard, at the Royal Academy of Arts, running from 25th February – 24th. May. For more information see the RA website here.
Admission is £3, or free to holders of tickets to other current exhibitions at the RA including the magnificent Rubens show. A catalogue raisonne will be published to coincide with the exhibition.

Events for Spring 2015 and AGM and Conference Details

Ahead of the publication of the Spring Newsletter, details of some the upcoming RFS events are now available on the Events page.

In April members have been invited to visit Tim Phelps Fine Furniture Restoration workshop and the Research in Progress event will take place at Ripon College Cuddesdon, near Oxford in May.

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Arrangements for the AGM and conference are underway and the particulars can be seen in full here: Conference and AGM 2015. Please note that the conference will take place on the first weekend in July – slightly earlier than usual.

As usual, please direct any enquiries or bookings to the Events Officer – events.rfs@gmail.com or use the online form here.

A Trinity of Trinities

RFS members who attended the July conference will recall the almshouses at Castle Rising which miraculously retain their original furniture. They were built by Henry Howard Earl of Northampton, an antiquarian with an interest in architectural design, who was a key figure at the heart of the Jacobean establishment and who brokered James VI of Scotland’s succession to the throne of England.
The December 10th edition of Country Life magazine includes an article A Trinity of Trinities. This year three historic almshouses  celebrate the 400th anniversary of their founders death. John Goodall explains the origins of their creation. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Furniture Department at the V&A

The Furniture Department of the V&A  is looking for a long-term volunteer willing to assist on a regular basis with the ongoing, computer-based work of documenting the Furniture collection: scanning and transcribing written records, editing digital images, and adding them to the Museum’s databases, under supervision in the Furniture department offices at the Museum.

If you are interested in this role please contact Nick Humphrey: nickhu@vam.ac.uk / 0207 942 2436

Newsletter research articles – a complete list

Christopher Claxton Stevens has assiduously recorded every research article published in the RFS Newsletter since the first issue in 1985. This not only provides the Society with a comprehensive list of the shorter articles that have been produced over the years, but also a very useful finding aid for those accessing the Newsletter via public library collections. You can see the list here: Newsletter research articles.

Many thanks to Christopher for all his hard work in producing this document and very impressive to see the depth and diversity of RFS research over the years.

The 16th Annual Frederick Parker Lectures and Dinner – Thursday 16th October

The 16th Annual Frederick Parker Lectures and Dinner takes place this year on Thursday 16 October.

There are to be two lectures. The first is given by Sarah Medlam, furniture historian and former Deputy Keeper of the V&A’s Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion and President of the RFS. Sarah’s lecture is entitled Investigating Luxury: the Writing cabinet of Augustus III of Saxony

In addition Clive Stewart-Lockhart FRICS, FRSA, Antiques Roadshow celebrity, and auctioneer and Managing Director of Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury, will be speaking on Betty Joel: Glamour and Innovation in 1920’s and 1930’s Interior Design.

For full details of the event and a booking form please see here: Frederick Parker Collection Annual Lecture 2014 or for the Frederick Parker Collection website events page see here: http://www.frederick-parker-foundation.org/events.php