Not acceptable to present taste - Pioneering collectors of Victorian decorative arts
Ashmolean - Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford
12th May 2016
A one-day symposium generously supported by Barrie and Deedee Wigmore to mark the opening of the refurbished galleries of Nineteenth-Century Art at the Ashmolean Museum.


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INVENTING THE MODERN WORLD: DECORATIVE ARTS AT THE WORLD'S FAIRS 1851-1939
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
14th April 2012 - 19th August 2012
Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh
13th October 2012 - 24th February 2013
New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana
12th April 2013 – 4th August 2013
Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte
22nd September 2013 – 19th January 2014
An exhibition, co-curated by Catherine Futter (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) and Jason T. Busch (Carnegie Museum of Art), which highlights extraordinary decorative arts and design shown at world's fairs from 1851 to 1939, representing the pinnacle of artistic and industrial ingenuity. Includes dozens of furniture, metalwork, ceramics, glass, textiles, and jewellery, many never before seen. Spanning the most dynamic period in craftsmanship and manufacturing history, the exhibition is organised chronologically and thematically, with the overarching premise of innovation. Works exemplify technological and scientific invention, cross-cultural influence, national pride, modernism and historicism.


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MAHARAJA: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
20th November 2010 - 3rd April 2011
Asian Art Museum, San Fransico
21st October 2011 - 8th April 2012
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
19th May 2012 - 19th August 2012
The Field Museum, Chicago
17th October 2012 - 3rd February 2013
Organised in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts re-examines the world of the maharajas and their extraordinarily rich culture. It spans the period from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, bringing together over 250 magnificent objects, many being lent from India's royal collections for the first time. It examines the changing role of the maharajas within a social and historical context and reveals how their patronage of the arts, both in India and Europe, resulted in splendid and beautiful objects symbolic of royal status, power and identity.
Maharaja's Silver Carriage Installation at the Asian
Maharaja's silver carriage installation at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
San Francisco's Asian Art Museum opens its doors to the world of India's maharajas
San Francisco's Asian Art Museum opens its doors to the world of India's maharajas


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JAPONISME: FROM FALIZE TO FABERGÉ
Wartski, London
10th - 20th May 2011
This exhibition, spanning the fifty years from 1867 to 1917, was the first devoted to the influence of Japanese works of art on Western jewellers and goldsmiths including Falize, Boucheron, Fouquet, Gaillard, Vever, Lalique, Cartier, Tiffany, Gorham, Elkington, Wolfers, and Fabergé. Some 160 jewels, objects and original designs assembled from public and private collections were shown alongside photographs of related Japanese source material.


TIFFANY GLASS: A PASSION FOR COLOUR
Musée du Luxembourg, Paris
16th September 2009 - 17th January 2010
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
11th Febuary 2010 - 2nd May 2010
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
28th May 2010 - 15th August 2010
Curated by the world's leading scholars, this exhibition focused on the master glassmaker Louis C. Tiffany (1848-1933) and his outstanding contribution to the design and technology of glass. His daring creations are celebrated for the spectacular effects of colour and light he achieved. Drawing on the finest collections in Europe, North America, and Russia, the exhibition featured 180 works, including a wide range of glass vases in incredible shapes, a series of spectacular lamps, some paintings, mosaics, enamels and jewellery, as well as original drawings from the Tiffany studios and period photographs.


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LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY: ARTIST FOR THE AGES
Seattle Art Museum, Washington
13th October 2005 - 4th January 2006
The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
2nd Febuary 2006 - 30th April 2006
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
30th May 2006 - 3rd September 2006
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pennsylvania
15th October 2006 - 15th January 2007
The first comprehensive touring exhibition and examination of Louis C. Tiffany's work in the United States in decades, this exhibition featured more than 120 works including selections of the artist's classic stained-glass windows and Tiffany lamps. It presented pieces and material in a fresh light, emphasising the beauty inherent in Tiffany's art. Its aim was to demonstrate the enduring quality of Tiffany's finest art, present works that defined Tiffany as an eclectic artist engaged in a dialogue with the leading reform movements of the time – the Aesthetic Movement, the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau, and to trace Tiffany's development as an artist, particularly in glass, where his greatest accomplishments occurred. The objects in the exhibition were arranged according to themes that run through Louis Comfort Tiffany's work – nature, the Near, Middle and Far East, antiquities and archaeology, and abstraction.


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SARAH BERNHARDT: THE ART OF HIGH DRAMA
The Jewish Museum, New York
2nd December 2005 - 2nd April 2006
Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama was the first major museum exhibition ever devoted to the great French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923). She embodied the art of the Belle Epoque and this exhibition illuminated the life and art of this remarkable performer through over 250 spectacular and rarely seen objects in all forms of media – painting, sculpture, photography, costumes, stage designs, Art Nouveau theatre posters and jewellery, her furniture and personal effects, as well as a recording of her voice and selected films in which she starred. Drawing on public and private collections in America and Europe, the exhibition explored celebrity, theatrical style, biography, politics, fashion, and taste.


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GALLÉ: A CENTENARY
Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands, United Kingdom
21st August 2004 - 30th January 2005
This exhibition was organised to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of one of the most famous glassmakers of all time, Emile Gallé. It highlighted the artist as one of the leading proponents of the Art Nouveau movement that swept across Europe and North America in the late nineteenth century.


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