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
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.
Happy New Year from the RFS!
A quick reminder that volume 31, the 2017 edition, of the Regional Furniture Journal is currently available to all members.
In keeping with our policy of providing free and open access to back issues, the 2015 Journal is now available online here, on our Journal web page.