Research in Progress 2019: The Regional Chair

The 2019 RFS Research in Progress meeting will be held at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, on Saturday 9th March.

This year the event will focus on the regionality of chair making, with five papers spanning the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Speakers will examine a variety of idiosyncratic forms, the materials used, the makers, and their customers. Traditions commence as novelties and in many cases new research is establishing the precise origins of previously identified geographical groups. The papers will draw on a variety of research methods including fieldwork, archival sources and scientific analysis.

  • The Caqueteuse Form in 17th century Scotland – Stephen Jackson
  • Chairmaking in 18th Century Wakefield – Andrew Cox-Whittaker
  • The Rush-Seated Chair in the North West of England – Simon Feingold
  • Windsor Chairmaking in Grantham: the first fifteen years – William Sergeant
  • In Search of the Elusive Mendlesham Chair and Other East Anglian Windsor Chairs – Robert Williams

Further details about the presentations and speakers are available here on our new Research in Progress page.

The event will start at 10 for 10.30am, and will finish at 4.30pm. It is open to all. The fee is £35 for RFS members, £40 for non-members and covers attendance and tea/coffee but not lunch; there are numerous cafes and pubs nearby. To book please use the form on the Events page of the RFS website.

A number of 50% bursaries will be available (application details are available on the Grants & Bursaries page). The deadline for applications is 19th February

Dates for your diary: 2019 RFS Events

Members organising their 2019 diary may wish to note the RFS Events Programme for the forthcoming Spring / Summer.

Full details and booking forms will appear in the Spring newsletter in late January.

Saturday 9 March 2019 Research in Progress: The Regional Chair, Conway Hall, Central London

Tuesday 26 March 2019  – A visit to a member’s collection in Soho, London

Monday 13 May 2019 – The Pepys Library and Kettles Yard, Cambridge

Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 July 2019 – The Annual Conference, Shropshire.

Thursday 5 September 2019 – A private visit to Oak House, West Bromwich.

16th century furniture in the Burrell Collection

 

The Burrell Furniture Collection

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.

Research in Progress: New thinking about sixteenth century furniture, 24 February 2018 at the V&A, London

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.