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Seminar in the History of Collecting Seminar in the History of Collecting Date: Monday, 30 November 2020 Times: 17.30 to 19.00 BST Title: Creating a market : dealers, auctioneers and the passion for Riesener furniture, 1800 - 1882 ...

Date: Monday, 30 November 2020
Times: 17.30 to 19.00 BST
Title: Creating a market : dealers, auctioneers and the passion for Riesener furniture, 1800 - 1882
Speaker: Dr Helen Jacobsen (Curator of French 18th-century Decorative Arts, The Wallace Collection)

Registration and Location: This seminar will be hosted online through Zoom. Please click here to register. For more information about Zoom, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit www.zoom.us/support.

Abstract: Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806), cabinetmaker to Louis XVI, was one of the most celebrated cabinetmakers of the French eighteenth century. He was also a phenomenon in the history of British art collecting, becoming a byword in the nineteenth century for all that was admired in French furniture. 

Before the French Revolution we have no evidence of a British patron, yet just fifty years later collectors like William Beckford, George IV and the 4th Marquess of Hertford had contributed to both his celebrity and the prices his furniture achieved. The nineteenth-century popularity of Riesener furniture was more than just an appreciation of the cabinetmaker’s designs and the quality of their execution; it was driven by a fascination for the ancien régime and romanticized views of the doomed Bourbon Court. It was also an indication of the resourcefulness of the innovative entrepreneurs and dealers in France and England who helped establish Riesener’s reputation in the decades following the Revolution.  Through clever marketing techniques and a certain amount of ‘enhancement’, they educated a new generation of buyers and established Riesener’s name alongside that of André-Charles Boulle as being worthy of connoisseurs.

This paper will analyze the rise of Riesener’s celebrity and the dealers who made it happen. It will discuss the sales techniques of the early nineteenth-century auctioneers, the role played by connoisseurs such as Lord Hertford, and the democratization of Riesener furniture through the market for copies and reproductions. It will end with the Hamilton Palace sale of 1882, which opened up yet another new market for Riesener: the Americans.

The Wallace Collection is delighted that this seminar is the first of three evening talks on Riesener that we are holding in collaboration with the Furniture History Society. The other talks will take place on the 7 and 14 of December 2020.

About the Series: This seminar series was established in 2006 as part of the Wallace Collection’s commitment to the research and study of the history of collections and collecting, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Paris and London.

The seminars, which are normally held on the last Monday of every month during the calendar year, excluding August and December, act as a forum for the presentation and discussion of new research into the history of collecting. Seminars are open to curators, academics, historians, archivists and all those with an interest in the subject. Papers are generally 45-60 minutes long.

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Horrifying Helmets and Menacing Masks: A Wallace Collection Halloween Live Stream Horrifying Helmets and Menacing Masks: A Wallace Collection Halloween Live Stream Suitable for ages 7+ Join the Wallace Collection Learning team and Artist Millie Nice for our first ever family live stream.   Take a trip into the darkest depths...

Suitable for ages 7+

Join the Wallace Collection Learning team and Artist Millie Nice for our first ever family live stream.

 
Take a trip into the darkest depths of the Wallace armouries and discover some of its spookiest secrets, before making your own terrifying mask in our Horrifying Helmets workshop.

Materials

To make your own mask along with Millie you will need:

  • Paper (including cardboard, scrap paper and any clean packaging)
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks or sellotape
  • Coloured pens and pencils
  • Stapler

Download your free creative pack and template, here.


This event will be live streamed on The Wallace Collection’s YouTube Channel, here.

 

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Drawing the Figure: Venus and the Female Nude Drawing the Figure: Venus and the Female Nude Date: Saturday 28 November 2020 Times: 11.00-16.30 Location: Zoom (Online) Level: All Levels  Tutor: Karly Allen Course Description: Develop your...

Date: Saturday 28 November 2020
Times: 11.00-16.30
Location: Zoom (Online)
Level: All Levels 
Tutor: Karly Allen

Course Description: Develop your own creative practice on this one-day drawing course exploring the most common subject in European art: the human body. Focusing on the female nude, through close study of our masterworks and guided drawing exercises, you’ll become familiar with the archetypal classical poses associated with Venus, goddess of love and beauty, which are frequently reinvented in art and life-drawing studios.

We’ll establish the building blocks of form, balance and proportion through a series of exercises that will help you explore the female figure in standing, seated and reclining poses. We’ll take time for detailed looking and to discuss the different qualities of each pose, the challenges they bring, and strategies for capturing them successfully.

Please read the full course outline here, which includes joining information and details of the materials and equipment you will require to participate in this online practical course.

This course is part of a series on drawing the figure, including the Male Nude (30 January 2021) and Gods Entwined (27 March 2021), which can be booked individually or as a series.

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Drawing the Figure: Apollo and the Male Nude Drawing the Figure: Apollo and the Male Nude Date: Saturday 30 January 2021 Times: 11.00-16.30 Location: Zoom (Online) Level: All Levels  Tutor: Karly Allen Course Description: Develop your own...

Date: Saturday 30 January 2021
Times: 11.00-16.30
Location: Zoom (Online)
Level: All Levels 
Tutor: Karly Allen

Course Description: Develop your own creative practice on this one-day drawing course exploring the most common subject in European art: the human body. Focusing on the male nude, through close study of our masterworks and guided drawing exercises, you’ll become familiar with its long history and idealisation in art, from youthful Apollo and heroic Hercules, to ageing river gods.

Taking the classical standing nude as our starting point, we’ll help you learn the basics of proportion and balance by reducing complex structures into simplified forms. Then focusing on more dynamic, twisting poses, you’ll explore the quality and direction of lines through the body and introduce shading and foreshortening to your work.

Please read the full course outline here, which includes joining information and details of the materials and equipment you will require to participate in this online practical course.

This course is part of a series on drawing the figure, including the Female Nude (28 November 2020) and Bodies Entwined (27 March 2021), which can be booked individually or as a series.

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Drawing the Figure: Gods Entwined Drawing the Figure: Gods Entwined Date: Saturday 27 March 2021 Times: 11.00-16.30 Location: Zoom (Online) Level: All Levels  Tutor: Karly Allen Course Description: Develop your own...

Date: Saturday 27 March 2021
Times: 11.00-16.30
Location: Zoom (Online)
Level: All Levels 
Tutor: Karly Allen

Course Description: Develop your own creative practice on this one-day drawing course exploring the most common subject in European art: the human body. Looking at figures entwined in combat or embrace, our focus for the day will be the spatial and emotional relationship between multiple bodies, and the potential for making exciting and dramatic drawings.

Through close observation of masterworks in the Collection including Baroque sculpture and paintings by Boucher and Le Moine, we’ll experiment with speed and mark-making to support longer periods of drawing. You’ll be guided through several exercises that will help you to understand the basic structure of the figures, capture the twists and tensions of the body, and locate the visual centre-point of a complex pose.

In the afternoon, working with more advanced materials, you’ll be supported in a sustained drawing exercise to develop a two-figure composition, exploring tone and colour to help unify your intertwined forms.

Please read the full course outline here, which includes joining information and details of the materials and equipment you will require to participate in this online practical course.

This course is part of a series on drawing the figure, including the Female Nude (28 November 2020) and the Male Nude (30 January 2021), which can be booked individually or as a series.

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