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.


Exploring the Ladbroke Estate: A Walk
Tuesday 2 September 2014

Sarah Nichols leads a circular walk showing the development and history of the Ladbroke Estate, with its many private gardens and interesting architecture, from its inception in the 1820s through the height of its development in the 1840s to 1860s. The walk also highlights many of the architectural incursions that have taken place since and which contribute to the varied nature of this conservation area, including work by Sir Aston Webb, the architect of the V&A, and modernists Maxwell Fry and Rudy Mock as well as the post-modernist Charles Jencks.


Truth, Beauty, Power: Christopher Dresser at the FAS
Thursday 11 September 2014

An evening private view of works by Christopher Dresser from the exceptional John Scott Collection, exhibited at The Fine Art Society. There will be an introduction to the gallery and the exhibition by Gordon Cooke, Managing Director, and a tour of the show led by Rowena Morgan-Cox, decorative art specialist. We invite you to view this stunning range of designs in glass, metal, ceramic and wood, including the Linthorpe ‘double-gourd’ vase recently acquired by the V&A with a contribution from the DAS and donations from individual members.


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.


Visit to Gieves & Hawkes, Tailors, No. 1 Savile Row
Tuesday 30 September 2014

Please join Amy Miller, Curator of Decorative Arts and Material Culture at Royal Museums Greenwich and Matthew Crocker, Military Manager, on a tour of Gieves & Hawkes, an institution of British tailoring. Gieves famously acquired Meredith, who made Horatio Nelson’s uniforms and those for Captain William Bligh (his tailor’s orders were later used to reconstruct his uniform in the film Mutiny on the Bounty). Gieves outfitted George III, Winston Churchill and Henry Morton Stanley (sent to find explorer David Livingstone). This visit provides the opportunity to view their archive collection and workshops where bespoke clothing is still produced. There will be a break for lunch (there are many cafés and sandwich shops in the area).


Alexandra Palace: The People’s Palace of North London
Friday 10 October 2014

This vast building, first opened in 1873, survives in an impressive if somewhat dilapidated state with palm courts, exhibition halls, the Willis organ and an ice rink, plus assorted bars and leisure spaces that include some 20th-century murals. In May 2013 the Trustees were granted initial HLF funding of £844k to develop a detailed design plan for its future use. Duncan Wilson, the Chief Executive, will take us on a tour of the site and discuss his plans. A specially interesting survival is the Theatre, recently used by Channel 4 for Our Gay Wedding: The Musical, which retains elements of its Victorian decoration and stage machinery.
We assemble in the Bar and Kitchen at 2.15pm (members may wish to have their lunch there before we meet). The visit ends with tea.


Lecture: Twentieth-Century Women Collectors
Wednesday 22 October 2014

From Louisine Havemeyer to Peggy Guggenheim some of the leading collectors of the past hundred years have been women. Marina Vaizey, author, editor, art critic, exhibition curator, lecturer and trustee of several museums will present the significant contribution of their patronage.


DAS AGM: Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Saturday 8 November 2014

This year’s AGM will be held at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. After the formal proceedings there will be a talk, and the traditional raffle in aid of DAS funds. We will have a buffet lunch with wine (for which there is a charge) after which it is hoped to organise a special visit to the British Museum to view some recent acquisitions of 20th-century material. Please note that attendance at the AGM is free but for security reasons DAS members must register their name with the organiser.


Visit to the Café Royal
Tuesday 11 November 2014

Following the DAS visit to the offices of Donald Insall Associates where we learned about their recent extensive conservation and restoration work on the Café Royal, an on-site visit to the Café Royal has now been arranged. The tour will be followed by a glass of wine in the Oscar Wilde Bar.


Champagne Reception in Notting Hill Gate
Thursday 27 November 2014

Enjoy pre-Christmas drinks at the home of one of our members who lives in a Richard Norman Shaw house in Notting Hill Gate. A carefully assembled collection of aesthetic and contemporary furniture and decorative arts will be a background to a fund-raising champagne reception in aid of our work to support curators via the Collections Access Grant and DAS Bursaries. The date also happens to be American Thanksgiving, so we can toast the transatlantic connection which has brought the DAS some excellent supporters, including our hosts.

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Liberty Study Day, Museum of London : 19 February 2014




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.

The visit to Paris in September is now fully subscribed. Please contact Anne Ceresole anne@cara.demon.co.uk if you would like to be put on the reserve list for this visit.


Foreign Tours 2015

Boston and Newport, 25–31 May 2015
Plans are progressing for this visit. We have secured the services of eminent architectural historian and director of the American Victorian Society Summer School Richard Guy Wilson to lead us for three days on our tours in Boston, Newport and North Easton. Our remaining visits will include the Museum of Fine Arts and Gardiner Museum and other houses in the Boston area.

Croatia, Late September 2015
We are planning an exciting visit to Croatia encompassing Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik to be led for us by Flora Turner-Vuceti?.

Helsinki in the autumn
Please send expressions of interest to Margaret Baird margaretjbaird@gmail.com



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