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Benson Metalware Handling Session at the V&A
Thursday 2 July 2015

W.A.S. Benson (1854–1924) was one of the most forward-looking and innovative of the Arts and Crafts designers, who unusually could see advantages in mechanised production. He designed and produced over 40 years an elegant series of light fittings, fireplace accessories, plant stands and hollow-ware in silver, copper and brass. The V&A has a small, representative collection of Benson metalwork and is offering a handling session under the guidance of Eric Turner, curator of late 19th century, 20th century and contemporary metalwork. After the museum visit there will be a short walk (approx 10 mins) to see a private collection of Benson metalware.

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Visit to the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery
Wednesday 8 July 2015

Founded in 1948, the CAA is a registered charity that champions and promotes only the very best in British craft. Two minutes from Tate Modern, its gallery space showcases the work of more than 350 creative members and at the time of our visit will exhibit the work of the winner of the Perrier Jouet Arts Salon Prize. Christine Lalumia, Executive Director of CAA, has kindly agreed to welcome us and give us an introduction on the many aspects of the Charity’s activities.

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Handling Session at a Private Collection of Peggy Angus
Monday 13 July 2015

Remembered mostly for her friendship with Ravilious, the painter and designer Peggy Angus was almost forgotten as an artist until a recent showing at the Towner Gallery of her paintings and stunning tiles, murals and wallpapers revealed her genius.
A collector of her work offers a hands-on afternoon and will talk about Peggy and the objects in his collection. Tea will be served in the garden.

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Visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth, Wakefield
Friday 4 September 2015

At the Yorkshire Sculpture Park we will have a private tour of the Laura and Alessandro de Santillana exhibition. As grandchildren of Paolo Venini, founder of the Venini glass company, they grew up immersed in glass and both have had successful but different careers working in the medium. There will be a chance to explore the Sculpture Park.
We will then head to Wakefield for a specialist architectural tour of The Hepworth, designed by David Chipperfield Architects and opened in 2011. Contact Sarah for travel details etc.

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Visit to a Private Collection in Barnes
15 September 2015

This exceptional collection of pictures, bronzes, clocks, pottery and furniture spans the 19th and early 20th centuries and represents the coming together of five families, English and German. From the English side come Della Robbia pottery and family portraits, along with European Symbolism and German ‘New’ sculpture, plus Gillow furniture. From the German side are remnants of a Rhineland turn-of-the-century collection, which includes paintings, furniture, heraldic glass and clocks.
We shall finish with tea in the dining room or, weather permitting, garden.

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Study Visit to Paul Reeves, near Malmesbury
12 October 2015

Noted dealer Paul Reeves has kindly invited a small group of people to his home to see his wonderful collection of decorative arts, primarily focusing on the Arts and Crafts Movement, and hear some of the stories behind the pieces. Paul opened his first antique shop in 1976 and has a large clientele of private collectors and museums around the world. Many important works by designers such as William Burges, E.W. Godwin, Christopher Dresser and the Pugins have passed through his hands.

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St Cuthbert’s, Philbeach Gardens
Tuesday 20 October 2015

Following the success of our visit to St Mary Magdalene, Paddington in May, we shall have a guided tour of another little-known Arts and Crafts gem. Grade II* St Cuthbert’s was built in 1884–7 to designs by the architect Hugh Roumieu Gough. It has been described as ‘probably the most ornate church in London’ for its ­sumptuous large-scale furnishings, including superb metalwork by William Bainbridge Reynolds and one of the largest screens in the country. Three craft guilds, under the guidance of women, were in charge of the stone carving, the wood carving and the extensive embroideries. There is much stained glass by Kempe.

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DAS AGM: Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Saturday 7 November 2015

We are once again holding our AGM at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in Bedford Square by kind permission of the Director. We plan to repeat the successful formula of last year at this comfortable venue, so that the formal proceedings are followed by brief talks on current museum collections or decorative arts studies. There will be the traditional raffle in aid of DAS funds and a buffet lunch with wine (for which there is a charge).
Please note that attendance at the AGM is free but for security reasons DAS members must register their name with the organiser.

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Behind the Scenes of the Judaica Collection at the Jewish Museum
Monday 30 November 2015

The Jewish Museum’s collection of ritual and ceremonial objects is regarded as one of the most important of its kind internationally. Whilst many ­treasures are on permanent display, the majority of the collection remains in the museum’s stores, unavailable to visitors. This visit will offer a rare chance to see some of the most ­interesting of these items up close – including silver, textiles and manuscripts. We will hear from Joanne Rosenthal, the Curator, about the evolution of this collection, learn about the complex issues of identifying Judaica, and consider the problems raised by an inflated market for objects of this kind which has led to the circulation of many fakes and forgeries.

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The tour of Croatia
21–27 September 2015
Croatia 21–27 September 2015: a trip encompassing Zagreb, Trogir, Split, Cavtat and Dubrovnik. This trip is fully subscribed, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact Margaret Baird, 020 7581 3448, margaretjbaird@gmail.com


Foreign Tours 2016

Late May/June 2016

Alex Werner and Ann Eatwell will lead a five-day visit to Helsinki which will focus on Jugendstil and Modernism, the works of Aalto and Saarinen and the Finnish glass industry.

Dresden and Beyond
Late September 2016

with Harriet Landseer

Please send expressions of interest in all cases to Margaret Baird, margaretjbaird@gmail


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