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
The new events listings and booking forms are now available on our Events pages and in the latest copy of the Newsletter.
Details of the 2018 Research in Progress event, a trip to Shandy Hall and the RFS Annual Conference, this year to be held in Glasgow, are included, as well as a visit to Leeds for the exhibition Thomas Chippendale: A Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, 1718-2018, which will be accompanied by the exhibition’s co-curator Adam Bowett.
The 2018 RFS Research in Progress meeting will be held at the V&A Sackler Centre on the 24th February.
This year the event will focus on the sixteenth century, which saw great change in furniture types, usage, construction and decoration. Although a substantial body of material survives, the importation of furniture, the influx of immigrant craftsmen and the recycling of fragments complicates study of the field. The five papers presented will address a variety of furniture types and influences, based on close study of surviving pieces.
- Early marquetry technique in Europe – Yannick Chastang
- Imported cypress chests in the ‘long’ sixteenth century – Nick Humphrey
- The French furniture-making school in sixteenth-century Edinburgh – Michael Pearce
- Some problems in studying sixteenth-century furniture – Chris Pickvance
- Early Elizabethan chairs and chests at Sizergh Castle – Megan Wheeler
Further details about the presentations and speakers are available here on our new Research in Progress page .
The event will start at 10 am for 10.30am, and will finish at 4.45pm. It is open to all. The fee is £34 for RFS members, £39 for non-members and covers attendance and tea/coffee but not lunch, which can be purchased in the V&A café.
A number of 50% bursaries will be available (application details are available on the Research in Progress Booking form 2018). The deadline for applications is 5 February 2018.
Members will be interested to hear about Take a Seat! An exhibition of Lincolnshire craftsman-made chairs which will be held at Louth Museum from 13th September to 28th October 2017.
The extraordinary history of chairmaking at the beginning of the nineteenth century in Lincolnshire has only recently been revealed by vernacular furniture historian and long standing member of the RFS, William Sergeant. He has shown that the scale of windsor chair manufacture was unique in the UK and was far greater than was previously thought. During this period hundreds of thousands of chairs were made in workshops in Grantham, Sleaford, Boston, and then later in Stamford and Bourne. They were distributed and sold all over the Midlands and the North. Their style is distinct to the county and examples can still be found today in good condition, in auctions and antique shops.
Previous to this, in the eighteenth century, the simple rush seated ladderback chair had superseded the stool in country households. Lincolnshire produced large numbers of these chairs, with the centre of manufacture around Louth, Spilsby and Alford, extending later to Boston and Spalding. It is rare for good examples to have survived to the present day.
William Sergeant has been collecting and researching Lincolnshire’s chairs and is recognised as the country’s leading authority on the subject. On the evening of Tuesday 10th October he will be giving a talk on the subject, and on Saturday 14th October there will be an open day chair surgery: the aim of which is to try and find well provenanced local chairs, in the hope of establishing exactly which patterns were made in the towns of Spilsby, Alford, Caistor and Louth.
The Furniture History Society’s forthcoming Annual Symposium,
‘IN THE SPIRIT OF CORINTH AND ATHENS’: NEO-CLASSICAL GILT BRONZE
will be held on Saturday 6 May 2017. Full details here: FHS ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM 2017 .
All welcome. Tickets for non-FHS members can be booked via firstname.lastname@example.org
RFS members may be interested to know that there are still places available for the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group’s day school on Saturday 25th March, looking at how Yorkshire houses were used and furnished in the seventeenth century. The venue is the Headingley campus of Leeds Beckett University.
Speakers include Regional Furniture Society members Peter Brears and Peter Thornborow.
Further details about the event and booking details may be found on the events page of the YVBSG website.
The full schedule of events for Spring/Summer 2017 is now available in the current Newsletter and online here on our Events page. On the Events page you can also find and download the booking forms for both the Conference in Suffolk, in July, and all of the fascinating one-day events. Book now to avoid disappointment!
For further information and enquiries about RFS events and bookings please contact: email@example.com.