Consuming China

Seventeenth-century chinoiserie: incised lacquer cabinet on a Dutch giltwood stand at Ham House, Surrey. ©NTPL/John Hammond

Two interesting conferences are coming up that are both devoted to aspects of historic country houses.

On 13 April the Historic Interiors Group of the Institute of Conservation (ICON) is holding a conference on country house interiors in the eighteenth century.

Eighteenth-century chinoiserie: japanned clothes press by Thomas Chippendale at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire. ©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

Speakers will include Professor David Watkin on the development of country house interiors, John Hardy on Kedleston Hall, Peter Thuring on the conservation of the Linnell sofas at Kedleston, Marc Meltonville on Georgian kitchens, Richard Ireland on Robert Adam, Richard Lithgow on the conservation of the Thornhill murals at Hanbury Hall and Heather Tetley on the conservation of Axminster carpets at Dumfries House. I will be talking about the continuity and change of chinoiserie in the eighteenth century.

The conference will take place at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and further information can be found on the ICON website.

Nineteenth-century chinoiserie: Cabinet (originally used as a bookcase) at Castle Coole, Co. Fermanagh. ©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

On 18 and 19 April the University of Northampton is holding a conference entitled ‘Consuming the country house: from acquisition to presentation’. Subjects covered include food, memory, display, fashion and taste, the visitor’s experience then and now, supply and consumption, exoticism, the social significance and organisation of the country house and the ways historic houses are conserved and interpreted. My contribution will be a talk on how ‘China’ was ‘consumed’ in the country house.

More details about this conference can be found on the Consumption and the Country House forum. I am very much looking forward to both events.

2 Responses to “Consuming China”

  1. style court Says:

    Emile, I think I said this before but I do hope the talks will be recorded or maybe offered as a video podcast at some point.

  2. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Courtney, thank you, yes I hope they will – podcasts are such a useful bit of technology, we need to make more use of it.

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