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The Splendour of the Dining Room - 28-29 June 2017

Haughton International has announced the launch of a two-day Ceramics Seminar.  The Splendour of the Dining Room will take place on 28 and 29 June 2017 at Christie’s in London, a generous supporter of the seminar, along with the Ten Ten Foundation Inc and the Brian Haughton Gallery.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Splendour of the Dining Room

Claudia Lehner-Jobst, Art historian and curator, Vienna - Contemporary vision of a birthday table for Maria Theresa in the imperial dining room at Stift Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria

The seminar will cover a wide range of ceramic subjects and their relationships to other art forms such as silver and sculpture. Ceramics always played a significant part in society in the C18th, and was often given as diplomatic princely gifts. 14 international speakers will be talking on fascinating subjects, dating from Henry VIII to the present day, such as as State Banquet silver in the reign of Henry VIII, dining in mid C18th Vienna; the silver-gilt dining service amassed by George IV, insights into Japanese dining traditions, the importance of napery and much, much more.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Splendour of the Dining Room

Ivan Day, Food historian, Museums & Country House consultant - C18th sugar seashell confectionery

For the past 35 years, Brian and Anna Haughton have organised and run an International Ceramics Seminar in London, and in order to keep the focus and continuity on ceramics in London in June, they are introducing the two-day annual seminar with the support of many academic colleagues from all over the world.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Splendour of the Dining Room

Kathryn Jones, Senior curator of Decorative Arts, Royal Collection Trust - George IV’s Grand Service

Professor Dame Rosalind Savill, former Director of the Wallace Collection, remarked: "Once again Brian and Anna Haughton have pulled a porcelain rabbit out of the hat with this inspirational two days of lectures at Christie's on 'The Splendour of the Dining Room'. For 35 years the Haughtons have kept the ceramics world alive with their Fairs, and have actively encouraged young scholar/curators who now are the respected professionals in their fields. This seminar provides a new opportunity for these international experts, together with collectors, students and enthusiasts, to share, learn and celebrate the endlessly varied wares used at the European dining table."

Antiques News & Fairs - The Splendour of the Dining Room

Dr Katharina Hantschmann, Keeper of Ceramics, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich - Dottore from Franz Anton Bustelli’s Commedia dell’ arte-table decoration

The Splendour of the Dining Room will take place on 28 and 29 June 2017 at Christie’s, 8 King Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6QT. For more information, pricing and a booking form, visit Haughton International.

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