In Sparkling Company: 18th-Century British Glass and Recreating the Northumberland House Drawing Room

The FHS have kindly sent us an invitation to a forthcoming talk:

The Furniture History Society invites you to a free-to-members online lecture

‘In Sparkling Company: 18th-Century British Glass and Recreating the Northumberland House Drawing Room’
Dr Christopher Maxwell and Mandy Kritzeck, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York State

Sunday, 20 June 2021, 19:00 (BST)
The Drawing Room of Northumberland House
In May 2021 the Corning Museum of Glass opened the special exhibition ‘In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain during the 1700s,’ with an accompanying publication. The exhibition draws on the Museum’s extensive collection of tableware, lighting, and accessories and includes loans from 10 major institutions, including 5 in the U.K. From plate glass to East India trade, science to slavery, costume to confectionary, it presents a survey of the many innovations, functions  and meanings of glass in Britain during the ‘age of politeness’. 

Among the highlights of the exhibition, are the remaining panels of the glass drawing room designed by Robert Adam for the 1st Duke of Northumberland in the early 1770s. Conserved for the exhibition and lent by the V&A, they are displayed in Corning alongside Adam’s original colour design drawings, on loan from Sir John Soane’s Museum. In addition, Corning has led a multi-year project involving numerous stakeholders to bring this now-lost interior back to life through virtual reality.
Dr Christopher Maxwell, Curator of Early Modern Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, exhibition curator and editor of the accompanying publication, will give a brief overview of the exhibition with a focus on plate glass (windows, looking glasses) and Mandy Kritzeck, Digital Media Producer and Project Manager, will explain the process of creating the Northumberland House virtual reality reconstruction.

Dr Maxwell studied at the Universities of Cambridge, London and Glasgow. The topic of his dissertation research was the dispersal of the Hamilton Palace collection. He recently completed a MPhil in Nazi-era provenance at the University of Glasgow, and is currently pursuing a MRes in Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick. Before joining The Corning Museum of Glass, Maxwell held curatorial positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Collection Trust.
Mandy Kritzeck leads the in-house digital media production team at the Corning Museum producing over 150 videos a year. She has contributed to many digital media projects at Corning Museum including the Pyrex Potluck website and the museum’s first virtual reality experience, The Glass Drawing Room. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
This lecture is free to members. £5 for non-members. 
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For details on the accompanying exhibition publication, please visit
To hear more about the exhibition and scholarly papers around the theme of ‘Glass and the 18th-Century Atlantic World’, register here for the Museum’s 59th Annual Seminar on Glass, presented online on 8 and 9 October 2021.
For the museum’s award-winning YouTube channel, visit, which shares a mix of informational glass how-to demos and interviews with artists who work in glass.Attendees will be admitted from the waiting room from 18.45.  Please make sure you are muted and your cameras are turned off.  Please note that for security reasons we will lock the meeting at 19.20, so please make sure you have joined us by then.  The lecture will be followed by a round of Q&A.  Please use the chat message box at the bottom of your Zoom window.  If you are using Zoom software, please note that Zoom have increased their security and you may be required to install an update.
We hope to see many of you on Sunday, 20 June.
For any queries, please email
This event is supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.