A date for your diaries:
RFS members will be interested to hear about a two day symposium considering the rush seated chair, to be held at Marchmont House, Berwickshire this September.
This symposium will investigate the rush seated chair in all its facets, from the material and the ways in which the rush seats were made, to the widespread variety of vernacular types. Discussion will lead to some of the talented architect/designers whose names became associated with their revival. The scope of the symposium will cover all contexts, from the urban to the rural; from the country house to the cottage.
Full details of the event and the programme can be seen here Programme, and tickets can be purchased via the Eventbrite website here: The Rush Seated Chair – A celebration of past, present and future.
The Society is delighted to confirm that our annual conference and AGM will go ahead, with only minor alterations to the program and venues, caused by the recent fire at the School of Art.
We expect to visit all planned venues (including the famous Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street), but not of course the school itself.
We look forward to hearing from the architects, specialist contractors and makers involved with the recent restoration, some of whose work was safely stored off-site when the fire took place.
Please note that the Conference is now sold out.
The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Regional Furniture Society will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday 1 July in the Glasgow School of Arts Students Hostel Building, on the fifth floor. It is in Blythswood House on West Regent Street, Glasgow.
All RFS members are invited to attend, not just those attending the Glasgow Conference.
The Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31st December 2017 are available on the website here; any member requiring a paper version should send an A4 self-addressed envelope to the Secretary requesting a copy.
Paxton House will be holding an exhibition to celebrate Chippendale 300, The Paxton Style: ‘Neat & Substantially Good’ exhibition (5th June to 28th August 2018) showcasing new research on the Chippendale furniture commissioned by the Home family and including masterpiece loans from private and public collections including the V&A Museum and National Museums of Scotland. It will also examine the influences upon the pieces and the legacy they had on further work by the Chippendale firm and beyond. The exhibition will be free to attend and will be open daily from 11am-3pm.
There will also be a series of events and lectures associated with the exhibition held over the summer period, including:
- 14th June: Lecture by James Lomax, Hon. Curator of The Chippendale Society, ‘Chippendale: Master of Style’
- 26th June: One day masterclass on Chippendale at Paxton led by Professor David Jones.
- 26th July: Lecture by Dr Adam Bowett, Chairman of the Chippendale Society, ‘Through tempestuous seas’
- 2nd Aug: Lecture by Dr Fiona Salvesen Murrell, Curator of Paxton House, ‘Chippendale: connection in the Caribbean, Grenada, slavery and Paxton’
- 9th Aug: Lecture by Charlotte Rostek, Curator Emeritus of Dumfries House, ‘Dumfries House- an Ayrshire Renaissance’
Use the links on the events above for more information about timings and entry prices, or download the full list of events relating to the exhibition at Paxton House here.
For further information on events across the country to celebrate the tercentenary of Chippendale’s birth have a look at the Chippendale 300 website.
Members will by now have received their copy of the latest RFS Newsletter, featuring reports of recent Society events as well as a number of short illustrated articles and queries on regional furniture. The Newsletter is published twice a year, and is one of the benefits of RFS membership.
The copy date for the next Newsletter is 31 July 2018. Please send MS Word files (without embedded images) and separate high-resolution images (jpegs or tiffs), preferably by email, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selection of furniture in the Burrell Collections, now available online via the Glasgow Museums collections navigator
At the Research in Progress meeting at the V&A on 24 February 2018, curators Rachel King and Laura Bauld gave a short presentation on the important collection of 16th century furniture in the Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, which has around 400 pieces dating to the period before 1685.
The Burrell Collection has a very full and fine selection of early, mostly English, oak furniture. It is both religious and domestic in origin, ranging from choirstalls, to chairs, tables, beds, hutches and court cupboards. These vary in style, from simple to elaborate, and though some are inlaid, few are painted or gilded, with one spectacular exception being the ceremonial bedhead with erotic carved decoration made to celebrate the ill-fated marriage of Henry VIII to Anne of Cleves in January 1539/40. The collection also takes in architectural embellishment in wood, such as screens, panelling – including a complete room from Harrington Hall, Lincolnshire – doors, fire surrounds and screens, and an elaborate ceiling from Bridgwater in Somerset.
While the Burrell Collection is currently closed for refurbishment until 2020, much of the collection is accessible online in the new Glasgow Museums database. Full instructions for using the database are available here.
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
During 2018 Thomas Chippendale and his legacy are being celebrated as widely as possible, both by encouraging greater public awareness of his genius and the glories of 18th century craftsmanship, and by demonstrating how the same spirit animates today’s designers and makers.
The Chippendale 300: 1718 – 2018: A celebration of Britain’s greatest furniture maker project has formed partnerships with institutions and historic houses across the country and created a programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Thomas Chippendale’s tercentenary.
Highlights include an exhibition at Leeds City Museum, co-curated by our own Adam Bowett, and James Lomax, Curator of the Chippendale Society: Thomas Chippendale: A Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, 1718-2018 (9 February – 9 June 2018, Leeds City Museum). Adam will be offering RFS members a guided tour of the exhibition in March (see the Events page for how to book).
The full press release for Chippendale 300 can be downloaded here: Chippendale 300 press announcement