Join us on Zoom from 4.00 - 7.30pm (GMT) on Wednesday 3 November for three presentations on furniture makers and furniture making in Britain from the Restoration to the Georgian period
British Baroque Furniture and Furniture Makers
Dr Wolf Burchard will open this session of our course with his talk focusing in particular on the furnishings of royal palaces and court circles, referencing the work of skilled designers and craftsmen such as Daniel Marot, Gerrit Jensen, Francis Lapiere, as well as Thomas and Richard Roberts.
The Baroque Interior: furnishing the great London and country houses
Amy Lim will follow Wolf to discuss Baroque interiors. Many of England's best-loved country houses were built or rebuilt in the decades following the Restoration and evidently their owners lavished as much money and attention on the interiors as the exteriors. Less well known are the London townhouses where the nobility lived for most of the year, since demolished and their contents dispersed.
This lecture will examine the patrons of these great town and country houses, and their 'more is more' approach that characterised Baroque interiors. We will look at their networks and influences and the teams of artists and craftsmen who moved from house to house, filling them with mural paintings, decorative plasterwork, wood-carvings and furniture, in a visual cacophony of colours, textures and finishes.
The London trade c. 1660- 1720
Dr John Cross will conclude this week’s session with an exploration into how the supply of timber to the furniture trade in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century influenced the furniture made at that time.
By studying this aspect of furniture history also reveals the ways in which London furniture makers may have adapted their workshop to changing circumstances and how they profited as a result. Its a story of proto-industrialisation and a response to colonial expansion that is also seen in other British trades at the period.
Please join us for this session or the entire course by booking tickets on Eventbrite by clicking here. For further information on this course please see our earlier blog or go to the FHS website here.