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AJH For Symmetry Breakfast

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  This week I was really excited to design and make some tableware for a friend at the Museum and have it feature on their fantastic social media accounts ‘Symmetry Breakfast’. Their instagram has nearly 300k followers and features daily pictures of scrumptious and elaborate breakfast dishes made by him for him and his partner. […]

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18th Century Meets Contemporary: Gold Box Study Day in Cambridge

Particles caught in tint on underside of one of the boxes shown in the Close-Up and Personal exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge(LOAN:GILBERT.346-2008)

Friday, 26 June 2015, Fitzwilliam Museum The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection exhibition Close-Up and Personal: Eighteenth-century Gold Boxes from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection continues at the Fitzwilliam Museum. On Friday, 26 June 2015, we will be hosting a study day at the Fitzwilliam to celebrate these masterpieces. Two of the most eminent British artists […]

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Vase Mania!

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(Bit of a longer blog posting…) Just to give you a bit of background, the thinking behind this whole project is very much around ‘Vase Mania’: the vase being a symbol of the ancient world, a practical object and a design motif, I hope to restore its former status as the ultimate accessory. Taking inspiration […]

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In Memory of Toussaint Louverture

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The 20th of May marked 272 years since the revolutionary François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803), was born into bondage in Haiti, the French island colony then known as Saint-Domingue (Santo Domingo). I was interested to read that in 2015 this date saw the unveiling of a new statue in memory of Toussaint Louverture, in the courtyard […]

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Welcome Teas and Treasure

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This week I received a lovely warm reception to the Museum with my ‘Welcome Tea’ in my studio, the first of many gatherings here I hope. One of the amazing things about the studio glass frontage is that it doubles as a gallery. This week I worked with the curators to select a group of […]

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We Have Fans … Boxes, Canes & Eclairs(!)

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        ‘Fans can express desires, at times even speak themselves; and what beauty does a fan give in the hands of a Lady who knows to employ it fitly! It can wind like a snake, flutter, point, unfurl, move up and down, according to the situation and circumstances.’   Louis-Antoine Caraccioli, 1757 […]

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18th Century Queer Cultures #2: Connoisseurship & Classicism

A.59-1940, Castor and Pollux by Joseph Nollekens, 1767. On display in gallery 118.

In part #1 of this blog post, we looked at the representation of homosexuality in visual culture of the eighteenth century. Though the stereotypical image of the overdressed, effeminate man permeated popular media such as prints, ceramics and the theatre, it remained a stereotype rooted in wealth, fashion and elite status. Here, we’ll look at what […]

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The Treaty of Paris (252 years today)

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Today in 1763, the Treaty of Paris, also known as the Treaty of 1763, was signed. The Treaty was made between the kingdoms of Great Britain, France and Spain, with Portugal in agreement, following Britain’s victory over France and Spain during the Seven Years’ War. This enamelled copper snuffbox is an example of political propaganda […]

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Searching for Don Quixote in the NAL

Frontispiece to 1620 version of 'Don Quixote' NAL: Dyce 2000. ©V&A Museum.

In Spain, there are efforts afoot to discover the exact location of the grave of one of the country’s greatest writers, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Despite the instant popularity of his masterpiece ‘Don Quixote’, he died in poverty and was buried somewhere in the Convent of Trinitarians in Madrid, but the exact location is unknown.  […]

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Manners of Building: Architectural Style in England, 1550-1750

Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, photograph by Mike Harris. CC-BY-SA-2.0

by Melissa Evans, MA candidate, V&A/RCA History of Design Some clichés are ubiquitous. Take ‘Home is where the heart is’ – it’s one of those sayings where, once you start to look, you find it everywhere: from cushions, plates and plaques in gift shops, to sachets of lavender, embroidered samplers and biscuit tins.  These objects, […]

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