February 2018

18th century sevres and Victorian Minton Porcelains: Comparisons and Contrasts

Welcome to The Arts Society Greenwich
Monday, February 12, 2018 -
19:45 to 20:45
King William Court
University of Greenwich, Park Row London SE10 9LS

The lecture compares two great porcelain factories which created masterpieces of ceramic art and were pioneering in their creativity and technical brilliance.

One was the Sevres factory in 18th Century France which produced useful and ornamental wares for the Royal Family and aristocracy of the Ancien Regime. Many examples of the best Sevres porcelains were dispersed during the French Revolution and much found its way to England. The Royal Collection Trust holds what is, perhaps, the finest collection of Sevres porcelain in the world. The other factory was Minton which flourished in Stoke-on-Trent and was a product of the Industrial Revolution. Under the direction of a Frenchman, Leon Arnoux, spectacular show-pieces were made for display at International Exhibitions of the 19th century. Minton bone-china copies of Sevres soft­paste originals reflected a Victorian vogue for historicism combined with contemporary English connoisseurs' taste for antique Sevres porcelain.


Ms Anne Haworth

Lecturer at the V&A. Guide for private tours of the State Rooms and The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Lecturer in British Painting for American students resident in London. In Autumn 2002, catalogued collection of Chinese porcelain at Kensington Palace. From 2002 2005, a committee member of the French Porcelain Society. From 1995 2002, was resident in Shanghai, China, visited ancient kiln sites and lectured to expatriate groups. From 1981 to 1995, trained and became a senior ceramics specialist at Christie's and Bonhams head offices.