Grim’s Dyke, Old Redding, Harrow Weald
Wednesday 26 March 2014

Overlooking London, the wooded grounds of Grim’s Dyke conceal the home designed by one of the most influential domestic architects of the Victorian period, Richard Norman Shaw (1831–1912), for Frederick Goodall RA. Under later occupation a billiard room, now the restaurant, was designed by Arthur Cawston. The house was later the home of the dramatist W.S. Gilbert, who commissioned Ernest George & Peto to make alterations. Today, Grim’s Dyke is a comfortable hotel. We are invited to a guided private visit. We begin with coffee, followed by a tour of the extensive grounds, a two course lunch and a tour of the house. NB Must book by 28 February.


Visit to the V&A Furniture Store
Thursday 10 April 2014

Max Donnelly, Curator of Nineteenth-century Furniture, will lead this study tour at the Museum’s furniture store, which will focus on a French / Art Nouveau theme.


Stained Glass Museum, Ely
Monday 14 April 2014

We will be guided around the main gallery and behind-the-scenes reserve of the Stained Glass Museum (NB located on the upper level of the Cathedral, accessed by a stone spiral staircase - 40 steps) by the Curator. Highlights include glass by John Hardman Powell, Morris & Co., Henry Holiday, Harry Clarke, and British modernists John Piper, Patrick Reyntiens, and Brian Clarke. A guided tour around Ely Cathedral will focus on the19th-century refurnishing and redecoration of the interior and the several 20th-century sculptures within it. The day will conclude with an optional visit to Prior Craudens Chapel, not usually accessible to the public.


Visit to Cockpit Arts in Holborn
Wednesday 14 May 2014

Established in 1986, Cockpit Arts supports up to 165 designer-makers at any given time, through workshops, seminars, business training and online resources. Cockpit’s twice-yearly Open Studio weekends are legendary opportunities to meet craftspeople and to buy or commission work direct from makers. We shall spend the afternoon at the Holborn site, hearing about the many facets of the organisation before meeting a selection of resident artists and visiting some of their workshops to hear about their working practices and ideas. The visit will conclude with an opportunity for Q&A with the management, over a cup of tea or coffee.


Picasso Ceramics and Ernest Gimson Study Day, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
Friday 16 May 2014

Led by curator Jane May, we will be introduced to the remarkable Attenborough collection of Picasso ceramics, which has its own dedicated gallery. Extra time will be allowed in the programme for visiting the galleries (including a new German Expressionist gallery due to open in April 2014), or to promenade along the historic New Walk if the weather is fine.


A Walk in Upper Chelsea and Brompton
Wednesday 21 May 2014

After tea near Cadogan Square at the home of a committee member, a selective architectural stroll will take in the curious Victorian church of St Simon Zelotes by Joseph Peacock (enjoyed by John Betjeman for its eccentricity), the modernist Danish Embassy by Arne Jacobsen, Arts & Crafts houses by Voysey, Mackmurdo and Shaw, St Columba’s church by Edward Maufe in the International Style, plus work by numerous others. The walk will last about an hour, during which we shall briefly visit some interiors. We conclude with a glass of wine in an atmospheric pub.


Christopher Dresser at the Millinery Works
Wednesday 4 June 2014

An evening private view of an exhibition of furniture and related items designed by Dresser, with a focus on pieces loaned from the collection at the Dorman Museum at Middlesborough. There will be a talk on Dresser by Brian Thompson, one of the Millinery Work’s directors, and their own extensive stock of Arts and Crafts furniture, metalwork and other media will be on show. A donation from the ticket price will be given towards the new Christopher Dresser Gallery at the Dorman Museum.


Compton Verney: Marx-Lambert Collection and Moore Rodin
Thursday 5 June 2014

We will make a day visit to the manor house and art gallery of Compton Verney. After being welcomed by its Director, Steven Parissien, the group will be shown the Marx-Lambert collection of works by the designer Enid Marx (1902–98) and folk and popular art collected by Marx and her friend Margaret Lambert (1906–95). In the afternoon, Melissa Hamnett (Curator of 20th-century Sculpture, V&A) and Dr Melanie Vandenbrouck (Curator of Art, post-1800, Royal Museums Greenwich) will give a tour of the exhibition Moore Rodin.


Lecture: ‘Plywood, the material that dare not speak its name’
Wednesday 11 June 2014

Christopher Wilk is Keeper of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A and is currently researching the largely undocumented history of plywood and laminated wood. This talk will offer an overview of the use of this material in furniture and its shifting status over the course of the 20th century.


Study Session: Roman Micromosaic Jewellery from 1850
Thursday 12 June 2014

This handling session at the V&A will offer an opportunity to study in detail some of the most wonderful jewellery made in Italy during the second half of the 19th century. Makers such as Castellani took inspiration from ancient mosaics to create these small-scale masterpieces in opaque glass, some consisting of up to 5,000 individual glass tesserae per square inch – a quality only truly appreciated with a magnifier. Gilbert Curator Dr Heike Zech will introduce the technique of micromosaics, and explore changes in fashion and markets for this jewellery during the second half of the 19th century, a period of political and cultural transformation.


Visit to Holburne Museum, Bath
Friday 11 July 2014

We join Matthew Winterbottom, former Curator of Decorative Art, on a tour of the refurbished Holburne Museum, reopened to critical acclaim in 2011. It houses an important collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, furniture and porcelain formed by Sir William Holburne in the 19th century. This will be followed by a handling session. Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read put together a remarkable collection of Victorian and Edwardian decorative art during the 1950s and 1960s: several museums acquired pieces from their collection after their deaths. Many of the Holburne's pieces are on long term loan to Knightshayes Court in Devon. However 16 remain including works by the Martin Brothers, Doulton, Tiffany, Liberty and Alwyn Carr.


Study Session: French Art Pottery in the V&A
Thursday 11 September 2014

Join Rebecca Wallis, Curator, for a handling session and talk on French Art Pottery. Much of the collection was acquired as examples of ‘good design and manufacture’, bought directly from the makers or at major international exhibitions. Gifts were also made by active collectors and the makers themselves. The V&A collection includes some of the best works by Auguste Delaherche, Albert Dammouse and Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat amongst others, produced over the period from the 1860s to the 1920s in the spirit of the Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic and Art Nouveau movements.


A Date for the Diary: DAS AGM at Sotheby's Institute of Art
Saturday 8 November 2014

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The visits to the Czech Republic in May and Paris in September are now fully subscribed. Please contact Anne Ceresole anne@cara.demon.co.uk if you would like to be put on the reserve list for the latter visit.

Vienna, Brno & Prague: Early 20th-Century Central Europe
Early May 2014

Harriet Landseer, a resident in the area, is organising for us a six-day study tour to some of the architectural highlights of early 20th-century Central Europe. The programme will begin in Vienna and end in Prague, enabling members to extend their schedules independently for extra visits. The main part of the itinerary will cover the Czech Republic, notably Brno and the Tugendhat, Stiassny and Jurkovic villas.
Expressions of interest should be sent to the organiser.



Monday 22 – Thursday 25 September 2014
Dr Melanie Vandenbrouck and Anne Ceresole are planning this trip. The tour will focus on lesser known but world-class collections, notably looking at major artists who embraced the decorative arts, as well as studying Art Nouveau and Art Déco collections with specialists.
Expressions of interest accompanied by a £100 deposit should be received by
1 February 2014.


Foreign Tours 2015

We are at the early stages of putting together a 6-day trip to Boston, with its strong Arts and Crafts connections, and Newport, the epitome of the American Gilded Age, for the late spring. More information will appear in the next newsletter.
Plans are also likely to include Helsinki in the autumn: please send expressions of interest to Margaret Baird margaretjbaird@gmail.com


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