Talks & Events

The Headline Lecture will be presented by Cultural Partner, the Ashmolean Museum, on Monday, 17th September, and will be focused on the content of its upcoming exhibition, ‘Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft’. A series of exciting talks organised by The Arts Society will run throughout the fair.

To reserve your place at any of the events, please email [email protected] with your name and contact details (places are strictly limited).

FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER

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‘ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?’ THE HISTORY OF THE CHAIR FROM ANCIENT TO MODERN TIMES

11AM

A lecture on the development of the chair in terms of its construction and style from ancient times through to the 19th century and also its use as a symbol of power and authority in courtly ritual.

Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski is a freelance lecturer and researcher in English furniture history and also an antique dealer.

SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

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LONDON MAKERS AND MASTERS: A TOUR OF THE FAIR WITH APOLLO EDITOR DR THOMAS MARKS

10AM

MEETING IN THE FOYER

Apollo editor Thomas Marks picks out artworks and objects that relate to the history of London – and to its many artistic triumphs and traditions.

Thomas Marks has been the editor of Apollo magazine since 2013. He has written and lectured widely on art, museums and literature, and is a founding editor of online magazine The Junket. He holds a DPhil on Victorian poetry and architecture from Magdalen College, Oxford.

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DRINK THY WINE WITH A MERRY HEART – A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF DRINKING GLASSES WITH JANE GARDINER

3PM

A pictorial history of drinking glasses through the ages, studied through images of actual objects and through paintings. The lecture will focus particularly on the development of the wine glass, but will also look at glasses designed for other beverages. It will consider the drinking habits of different countries and the types of glass associated with each; and will discuss the association of fine glass drinking vessels with feasting and conviviality.

Jane Gardiner (MA History of Art, University of London) trained at the V&A and continues to lecture there. She was Senior Lecturer at Sotheby’s for 17 years, becoming a Deputy Director of Stheby’s, UK, and has lectured widely nationally and internationally.

Monday 17th September

HEADLINE LECTURE – SPELLBOUND: MAGIC, RITUAL AND WITCHCRAFT

10AM – BREAKFAST

10.15AM – LECTURE COMMENCES

FIRST FLOOR BRASSERIE

Spellbinding stories and fascinating object: from crystal balls and magic mirrors to witch bottles and cursed puppets, this exhibition explores the impact of believing in magic on individuals and on whole communities from the middle ages to the present day. this extraordinary show promises to be an immersive and unexpected experience. In the Headline Lectuer of the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, learn more about the objects on display at the Ashmolean including exquisitely engraved rings to bind a lover, precious medieval manuscripts, enchanted animal hearts pierced with nails and many other intriguing objects, presented by the Ashmolean’s Interpretation Manager, Natasha Podro.

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Tuesday 18th September

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MASQUERADES, MUSIC LESSONS AND MONKEYS – THE WORLD OF 18TH CENTURY PORCELAIN FIGURES WITH JANE GARDNINER

11AM

This lecture explores the fashion for porcelain figure sculpture in the 18th century, beginning as a form of table decoration and subsequently moving to the mantelshelf and china-cabinet; and how these figures reflect 18th century society in miniature. During the lecture you will meet characters from the Commedia del’Arte and the English stage, beggars and pedlars, exotic figures from distant lands, lovers and musicians, shepherds and shepherdesses, the gods of Olympus – even the odd monkey!

Jane Gardiner (MA History of Art, University of London) trained at the V&A and continues to lecture there. She was Senior Lecturer at Sotheby’s for 17 years, becoming a Deputy Director of Stheby’s, UK, and has lectured widely nationally and internationally.

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FROM DOWNTON TO GATSBY: JEWELLERY AND FASHION 1890 – 1929 WITH ANDREW PRINCE

3PM

Andrew will guide you through the extraordinary periods and events between 1890 and 1929, where the great fashion houses collaborated with the finest jewellers to produce works of art of outstanding quality and glittering opulence. Along with this he discusses the clients and patrons who commissioned the jewels and how they were worn with sumptuous gowns.

Andrew started his career working for Ian Harris on Bond Street before joining contemporary jewellery Elizabeth Gage. Following the V&A’s 2002 commission of jewels to accompany its ‘Tiaras, Past and Present’ exhibition, his jewellery has appeared in many films and in the television series Downtown Abbey, several pieces from which will illustrate the talk.