Berkhamsted Civic Centre High Street Berkhamsted HP4 3HD
Princes, Power and A Passion for Fragile Beauty
The lecture begins with the 1710 invention of porcelain at Meissen, close to Leipzig, under the patronage of Augustus the Strong, the self-styled sufferer of ‘la maladie de porcelaine’ and concludes with the sophisticated, wealthy and discerning porcelain collectors living in Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden, who fell victim to the seismic political events of the 1930s and 40s. Madame de Pompadour, the patron of Sèvres, regarded the possession of porcelain as a symbol of power and status. Her taste for sumptuous porcelain was shared by George, the Prince Regent, Edward ‘Beau’ Lascelles, whose collection is still at Harewood House, the Rothschilds - including Baron Ferdinand at Waddesdon Manor, John Jones, a Victorian tailor and businessman who donated his collection to the V&A and American captains of industry including Henry Ford II and Mrs Charles Wrightsman, patron of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, who furnished their grand houses in ‘le goût Rothschild’.
THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER
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.
MacDonald 'Max' Gill, younger brother of the sculptor and typographer Eric Gill, was an architect, graphic designer and letterer, best known for his pictorial maps, especially those for the London Underground.