June 2017

The Phoenix at the Fall of the Empire –Three Empresses of China

Welcome to The Arts Society Oundle
Friday, June 16, 2017 -
10:45 to 11:45
Barnwell Village Hall
Nr Oundle Peterborough PE8 5QD

Symbolised by the Phoenix, a bird of myth and legend, this talk focuses on the three Empresses who lived in the Forbidden City from the 18th century to the end of the Empire in 1911.


Ms Anne Haworth

Anne is a lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum and the Queen’s Gallery. She is a visiting lecturer for Regent's University, Sotheby's Institute and SOAS. Since 2008, she has been a member of the London faculty of Eckerd College, Florida, teaching Art History and is also an accredited Arts Society lecturer. For ten years she guided private evening tours of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. She lectures extensively for private groups, guides museum tours in London and has lectured on William Morris for the British Council and British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow.  

After studying Modern History at Durham University, she trained and became a senior specialist in ceramics at the head offices in London of Bonhams (1981-1986) and Christie's (1987-1995). From 1995 to 2002, she was resident in Shanghai, China and gave lectures on the history of the China trade and European Chinoiserie to the international community of diplomats and expatriates in Shanghai and Beijing. On returning to London in 2002, she worked on a short project cataloguing Chinese ceramics at Kensington Palace and became Hon Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the French Porcelain Society.