Garnitures: Vases in Interiors

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This international symposium explores the phenomenon of garnitures or matching sets of vases and the way in which they are used in the European interior. Displayed above chimneypieces, cabinets and cupboards or over doorways, they embellished or ‘garnished’ the interior and enhanced the status of the owner. 

Draft Programme:
10.00 Registration

10.30 Welcome, Matilda Pye, Learning Academy, V & A

10.35 An Introduction
Patricia Ferguson, Curator, Vase Sets from National Trust Houses
11.00 Delft Garnitures in the Dutch Interior
Suzanne Lambooy, Curator applied arts, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
11.25 Vases for interior decoration in imperial China
Yu-ping Luk, Curator, Chinese Collections, Asian Department, V&A
11.45 Vincennes and Sevres Garnitures
Ros Savill, Former Director Wallace Collection
12.15 Garnitures are not all vases
Tamara Preaud, Former Archivist Sèvres, Cité de la céramique , Musée National de Sèvres
12.30 Discussion

12.45 Lunch Break

13.45 Collecting in the 19th Century, Sevres garnitures at Waddesdon Manor
Selma Schwartz, Associate Curator, Waddesdon Manor, National Trust
14.05 East Asian garnitures in the collection of Augustus the Strong and their
impact on Meissen
Julia Weber, Director Porzellansammlung, Staatlichen
Kunstsammlungen Dresden

14.30 Refreshments

15.00 La maladie de porcelaine: a contemporary view
Edmund de Waal
15.30 Greater than the sum of their parts: new approaches to garnitures
Matt Smith
16.00 Summing up and round table discussion
Reino Liefkes, Senior Curator and Head of Ceramics & Glass, V&A

17.15 End
The programme is subject to change without warning

To Book call 0207 942 2211 or click here

£25, £20 concessions, £15 students


Public Engagement with Research

Audience: Open to all