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AGM at Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Saturday 12 November 2016

The AGM will be held again at Sotheby’s Institute of Art by kind permission of the Director. The formal proceedings will be followed by brief talks on current museum developments 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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Private View at The Fine Art Society
Monday 12 December 2016

The Fine Art Society is the oldest commercial gallery in London, celebrating its 140th anniversary this year. The gallery occupies a five-storey townhouse in Mayfair with a façade designed by architect-designer E.W. Godwin. Throughout its history The Fine Art Society has been instrumental in raising the profile of British decorative art and design of the late-19th and early 20th century. This December the gallery will present an exhibition of innovative British design, featuring pieces by A.W.N. Pugin, E.W. Godwin, Thomas Jeckyll, Christopher Dresser, William de Morgan and C.R. Mackintosh. Associate Director Rowena Morgan-Cox will give a talk on the gallery’s history dealing in decorative arts of this period, and a tour of the exhibition.

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Visit to The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture Archive, Middlesex University
Wednesday 18 January and Thursday 9 February 2017

A chance to rifle through the archive of the (now closed to the public) Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture of Middlesex University. Holdings include the designs and source materials of the Silver Studio from c.1890 to 1963, Crown Wallpaper sample books from the late 1920s to 1970, Enid Marx Utility fabric designs, textile samples by the Silver Studio, Lucienne Day, Heal’s, etc., the personal archive of the graphic designer Charles Hasler, the book collection of J.M. Richards (editor of the Architectural Review), and back runs of journals in the field from 1930 to the 1980s.


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Private View at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers
Thursday 26 January 2017

Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers are kindly hosting a preview of their Decorative Art and Design Sale for DAS members, in their award-winning bespoke Auction Rooms, made of straw. There will be a welcome from Guy Schooling, Managing Director, and a talk from John Black, Director, who heads the Decorative Art & Design Sales, about a few chosen items in the sale to be held the following week on Tuesday 31 January 2017, which guests will see before it goes on view to the public. There will also be an exciting insight into the Modern British Art Sale to be held on 14 February 2017. Transport will be provided from Stansted Mountfitchet station.


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V&A Study Session: Art Pottery
Thursday 23 February 2017

The V&A collections of art pottery are extensive and include important acquisitions made at the time of production. Led by curators Rebecca Wallis and Susan Stronge, the session focuses on the British studios and factories, from Martin Brothers to Linthorpe, and will explore connections with Indian art pottery designs from the Bombay School of Art. The study session coincides with the V&A exhibition John Lockwood Kipling (14 January – 2 April 2017), which looks at this artist in the context of 19th-century Arts and Crafts revivals in British India.



Visit to the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Wednesday 10 May 2017

This visit to the Laing Art Gallery takes the form of a tour of the gallery’s history and highlights, including an Arts and Crafts style stained glass stair window commissioned for the opening of the gallery in 1904, representing the union of painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts. As well as sculptures by internationally known artists Albert Toft and Waldo Storey, and paintings by Burne-Jones, Holman Hunt and John Martin, this visit will focus on decorative art particular to the North East, both on display and in store, such as Sowerby glass, Maling pottery and silver by the Newcastle Handicrafts Company.


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Visit to the Guildhall and 78 Derngate, Northampton
Wednesday 5 April 2017

E.W. Godwin was 28 years old when he won the competition for Northampton’s Guildhall in 1861. This was his first major architectural commission and it displays Godwin’s early ‘Ruskinian Gothic’ style rather than the Japonisme for which he was later so much better known. As with all his other works Godwin designed not only the building but the interiors and their fittings. The same totality of approach also characterised C.R. Mackintosh’s work. The remodelling of a small terraced house, 78 Derngate, for the model railway manufacturer W.J. Bassett-Lowke in 1916 is one of the architect’s last interiors and has recently been beautifully restored.

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Visit to The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Wednesday 15 March 2017

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the largest museum of the University of Cambridge. A ‘collection of collections’, it has outstanding holdings of antiquities, manuscripts and coins and medals, as well as fine and applied arts. After an introduction by Director, Tim Knox, members will be given tours of the Shakeshaft Bequest of Studio Pottery, the Goodison gift of contemporary British craft and the new loans from the Frua-Valsecchi family, which include Arts and Crafts furniture and Art Nouveau glass. Members will also be able to handle some objects originally in the Handley-Read collection, including works designed by Alfred Gilbert, Walter Crane and William Burges.


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Foreign Tours 2016

Dresden and Beyond
26 September – 1 October 2016

Dresden and Beyond: from Gründerzeit to Modernism to include the Hellerau garden district, Leipzig, and the Bauhaus at Dessau: led by Harriet Landseer

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


Northern France
16-20 May 2017
Led by Dr. Leon Lock based around visits to Lille, Roubaix, the Mallet-Stevens Villa at Cavroix and the new Louvre at Lens

Autumn 2017



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