Lectures November and December
What would you like for Christmas?
It’s that time of the year when we start to think about Christmas. I expect we have all dreamt of the ultimate present, a Tiffany diamond bracelet, a Rene Lalique Art Nouveau jewel, or a Faberge trinket (as above!). While such baubles are beyond my modest pocket, I have still been able to enjoy seeing such treasures in museums across the world. Lecturing on a Fred Olsen cruise I visited the awesome Fabergé Museum in St Petersburg. This private collection is housed in the beautiful Shuvalov Palace, on the Fontanka River Embankment. I have chased Tiffany across world, from the New York Historical Society, where the glittering Tiffany lamps do indeed resemble baubles, to the National Gallery, Canberra. On my Travel Editions tour, based in Metz, I have been privileged to visit the Lalique Museum in Wingen-sur-Moder several times. I confess in the gift shop I have marked my visit with yet more books and a commemorative fridge magnet. Drawing on the extensive collection of images that I have accrued over the years, I hope to take you via Zoom to see these wonderful collections in St Petersburg, New York, and Eastern France. Hopefully in 2022 it will be easier to travel and this series of three lectures will inspire you!
Wednesday 17th November 2021 at 11.00 am and repated at 7.00pm
Carl Fabergé: Imperial Presents
Wednesday 24th November 2021 at 11.00 am and repeated at 7.00pm
Tiffany & Co: from Diamonds to Art Glass
Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 11.00 am and 7.00pm
Rene Lalique: Master of Art Nouveau Jewellery
The lectures will be delivered live by Zoom. They will be uploaded afterwards to my YouTube channel for a limited time and you will be provided with a private link to view them again at your leisure.
The lectures last for around an hour. Lecture start times are in BST.
There will be a question-and-answer session at the end.
As the lectures will be delivered live by Zoom, you will be able to ask your questions in person at the end. You can also use the ‘Chat’ function.
In response to feedback from viewers, I will be repeating each morning lecture in the evening of the same day for those people unable to make the morning slot. Both lectures (morning and evening) will be delivered live and you will be able to ask questions in person at the end.
How to book
The lectures are priced at £10 a session. You can book each lecture separately or all three £25 (one lecture half price!)
Please email Susan Branfield at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ask for ‘Morning Lecture’ or ‘Evening Lecture’ when you book your choice(s) as the sessions have different Zoom entry codes
You can pay by cheque or BACS (details will be supplied). Cheques should be made payable to Anne Anderson.
Once you register and pay, you will be sent a separate email with your link. You will need this link to access the lecture on the day so please do not delete it.
After the lecture you will be sent another private link so you can access the lecture on my YouTube Channel.
Or pay directly using PayPal
One zoom lecture
Wednesday 17th November 2021 at 11.00 am and repeated 7.00pm Carl Fabergé: Imperial Presents
One zoom lecture
Wednesday 24th November 2021 at 11.00 am and repeated 7.00pm Tiffany & Co: from Diamonds to Art Glass
One zoom lecture
Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 11.00 am and repeated 7.00pm Rene Lalique: Master of Art Nouveau Jewellery
Thee zoom lectures
1. Faberge 2. Tiffany 3. Lalique
Some news for those of you who are interested in the art and heritage tours, that Scott and I undertake through the Travel Editions company. Although the threat of Covid-19 remains, movement seems easier and Travel Editions has begun to resume some of its tours abroad.
I hope to be taking a tour to Metz and Luxembourg from 10th to 13th March 2022. This will include a visit to the Lalique Museum at Wingen-sur-Moder. Travel is by Eurostar to Paris and onwards to Metz by SNCF TGV (high speed rail).
For further details please visit the Travel Editions website: https://www.traveleditions.co.uk to check booking details etc. Alternatively, give them a phone call on 0207 251 0045.
Recently added to the library
l’Ecole de Nancy: this series of three lectures continues my theme of Art Partnerships.
L’Ecole de Nancy, a consortium of architects, artists, and designers, was officially launched in 1901 following success at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900. While ‘the school of Nancy’ is at times relegated to provincial status, it was the powerhouse of Art Nouveau, second only to Paris in terms of initiating new technologies and improving the quality of the decorative arts. Émile Gallé, the first president of L’Ecole de Nancy, specialised in pottery, glass and furniture; the Daum brothers, Auguste and Antonine concentrated on glass, collaborating with stained glass designer Jacques Gruber, while Louis Majorelle was the premier furniture maker and metalworker. Yet this Golden Age had only come about due to a disastrous war and mass-migration. The city’s destiny, and that of France, had been determined by the Franco-Prussian war (1870-71).
Émile Gallé: father of l’École de Nancy
Gallé (1846-1904) took over the family firm in 1874, transforming the business into one of the world’s leading art industries. In addition to glass, Gallé manufactured ceramics and furniture, the latter primarily for his creations to stand on. He was a brilliant innovator, constantly perfecting new techniques. Beginning with enamelling on clear glass, inspired by Islamic precursors, he progressed to hand carved, and acid etched cameo glass. His ultimate technique ‘glass marquetry’ was perfected for Paris 1900. Following his premature death in 1904, the Daum brothers were Galle’s natural successors.
Daum Frères Cristalleries: glass and stained glassMigrating from the territory annexed to Germany, Jean Daum (1825-85) took the risky step of investing in the Sainte-Catherine glassworks in Nancy. It was his sons, Auguste (1853-1909) and Antoine (1864-1930), who turned around the fortunes of the cristalleries by developing art glass. By collaborating with stained glass artist Jacques Gruber (1870-1936), ‘France’s Tifffany’, and Almeric Walter (1870-1959), who perfected pâtes de verre (glass casting), Daum enhanced its artistic reputation. Thanks to such partnerships, Daum survived the 1930s depression and continues to be a leading manufacturer of Art Glass.
Louis Majorelle: Furniture and Metalwork
Louis Majorelle (1859-1926), who collaborated with both Gallé and Daum, secured his reputation with a range of superb Art Nouveau furniture. Diversifying into metalwork, he fashioned lamp bases (with Daum Frères shades), spectacular glazed canopies and breath-taking staircase railings. Acquiring Samuel Bing’s famous gallery Maison de l’Art Nouveau in 1904, Majorelle secured a Parisian outlet for l’École de Nancy. However, Marjorelle’s legacy is the Villa Jika, named after his wife, the stunning studio-house created for him by the young Parisian architect Henri Sauvage. This exemplary ‘total work of art’, now fully restored, provided a showcase for the creative talents of Majorelle and Gruber.
More Art Patnerships….
William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, creators of the Pre-Raphaelite Interior
With their friendship established at Oxford, Morris and Burne-Jones collaborated on numerous projects. After 1875 Burne-Jones designed all the stained glass windows for the firm with commissions going as far afield as the USA. In the 1890s they collaborated on the great tapestry cycle, the Holy Grail. When Morris predeceased him, Burne-Jones simply declared ‘the king is dead’.
Josef Hoffmann and Kolo Moser, founders of the Wiener Werkstätte
Inspired by Morris’ firm, Hoffmann and Moser founded the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese workshops) in 1903. Working on joint architectural projects, it is often impossible to distinguish their work stylistically. They developed a radically new design ethos based on strict geometric forms.
Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, the perfect Arts and Crafts House and Garden
Both wedded to the native architecture of Surrey, with its picturesque half- timbering and tile hanging, Lutyens provided the architectural framework which Jekyll filled with a profusion of flowers. Together they worked on numerous projects, both great and small, establishing a pattern governed by pergolas, rills, and herbaceous borders, that define the Arts and Crafts garden.
William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Interior
Christopher Dresser and the Aesthetic Interior
Ernest Gimson and the Cotswold Arts and Crafts Interior
Victor Horta and the Art Nouveau Interior
James Tissot: Fashionable London
James McNeill Whistler: An American Abroad
Lawrence Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity
Gustav Klimt: ‘All Art is Erotic’
Belle Epoch Paris, Nancy, and Luxembourg
Combining social history with art and design history these lectures will capture the flavor of the era. The last two decades of the 19th century were challenging times. With the new century approaching, change was in the air. Modern life was fraught with anxieties, from the troublesome New Woman, who demanded social and political equality, to the genderbending imagery of Art Nouveau. These three sessions will encompass modern architecture and design alongside paintings and the graphic arts to reveal the complexities of fin-de-siècle life.
Paris: the artistic life of the Belle Epoch
Turn-of-the-century Paris beckoned artists from across Europe and beyond. Aspiring artists clubbed together in the cafes and clubs of Montmartre; Le Chat Noir opened in 1881, while the Lapin Agile cabaret nurtured Picasso, Modigliani, Apollinaire, and Utrillo. Bateau Lavoire, without doubt the most famous art studio in the world, was their home. Renoir and van Gogh painted at the Moulin de la Galette on the Rue Lepic; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec opted for the Moulin Rouge. This was the era of the cabaret, the Can-Can and absinthe. Singer Yvette Guilbert; the dancer Louise Weber, the outrageous La Goulue (‘The Glutton’), who created the Can-Can and dancer Jane Avril were all immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec. At the Folies Bergère dancer Loie Fuller was the apotheosis of Art Nouveau. A febrile era rose to a crescendo with Paris 1900, the largest World’s Fair ever staged!
l’ École de Nancy- the triumph of Art Nouveau
In 1901 Émile Gallé orchestrated the foundation of l’ École de Nancy (the School of Nancy), a confederation of manufacturers, which numbered the furniture maker Louis Majorelle, stained glass designer Jacques Gruber and the glass manufactory Daum freres. Inspired by William Morris, Émile Gallé was committed to the ideal of the House Beautiful; furniture, ceramics, glass, and textiles were now ‘works of art’ created to beautify the home. Artists strove to unify and integrate their designs so that houses became ‘total works of art’. The city was transformed, as Art Nouveau houses, banks, shops, and cafés, many of which still survive, sprang up. In Nancy, bucking the trend towards austere Modernism, Art Nouveau thrived up to the First World War planting the seeds for post-war Art Deco.
Luxembourg- the Birth of a European City
Despite its venerable history, the Duchy of Luxembourg is a relatively new country. The 1815 Treaty of Paris, which ended the Napoleonic Wars, placed Luxembourg City under Prussian control. Known as the ‘Gibraltar of the North’, the 1867 Treaty of London ordered the dismantling of the fortifications. Their demolition took sixteen years, cost 1.5 million gold francs, and led to the destruction of over 24 km (15 miles) of defences including casemates, batteries, and barracks. The city could now expand into new suburbs. In 1890 the Duchy finally achieved independence and Luxembourg City regained its status as a capital city. Political stability allowed the arts to flourish; new commercial and residential buildings blended Art Nouveau and Jugendstil forms. Despite cross-border interconnections, there was a concerted effort to promote Luxembourgish, both the language and the local culture.
These lectures are available on open access:
Modern Art comes to Scotland: Glasgow Boys and Scottish Colourists
How did we get IKEA? Scandinavian Design c. 1880-1960
Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four
Art Deco: High Style in the Roaring Twenties
The Bauhaus 1919-2019: A Hundred Years of Modern Design
Art and Crafts Gardens: A Haven for our Troubled Times
Everything Stops for Tea! A Social History of Tea Drinking
Art Nouveau Cities
Nordic Vision: Scandinavian Painting 1880-1914