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Masquerades, Music Lessons and Monkeys ‐ the World of 18th Century Porcelain Figures Jane Gardiner Thursday 09 November 2017

This lecture explores the taste and fashion for porcelain figure sculpture in the eighteenth century, beginning as a form of table decoration and gradually moving on to the mantelshelf and into the china‐cabinet; and how these figures reflect eighteenth century society in miniature.
During the lecture you will meet characters from the Commedia dell’Arte and the English stage, beggars and pedlars, exotic figures from distant lands, lovers and musicians, shepherds and shepherdesses, the gods of Olympus – and even the occasional monkey!

Jane Gardiner has an MA in History of Art, University of London. Trained at the V&A and continues to lecture there. Was Senior Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art for 17 years, becoming a Deputy Director of Sotheby's, UK. Has also lectured for the National Trust, the Art Fund, London University, Buckingham University, l'Institut d'Etudes Superieures des Arts in Paris, a private women's college in Saudi Arabia, on cruise ships and at antiques fairs and interior design conferences in America.