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Visit to the Family Collection of Tibor Reich
Tuesday 9 February 2016

Hungarian-born Tibor Reich came to England just before the war to study textiles at Leeds University. Rather than return to Nazi Germany, he settled in Stratford upon Avon and set up what became an internationally renowned textile mill. His work was influenced by his early experience of the Wiener Werkstätte and the Bauhaus and he transformed British design by adding colour and texture to his fabrics. In the 1950s/60s his designs could be seen everywhere, including the Festival of Britain, Coventry Cathedral, the Royal Shakespere Company and Concorde. He also designed distinctive ceramics, ‘Tigo-Ware’, to complement his textiles. Tibor Ltd is being relaunched by his grandson and a Tibor Reich retrospective opens at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester in January (see p.11).
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Lecture: Marina Vaizey, ‘The Arts of Bloomsbury – Living in Squares, Loving in Triangles, Talking in Circles’
Monday 25 January 2016

Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, lovers and painters, were a domestic centre for the group of artists, intellectuals, critics and writers – Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes, Leonard Woolf, Clive Bell, Roger Fry among others – united by friendship and love. Painting was the most important art to them – but how good was their art? Even more lasting may be their sense of the way to live, both emotionally and in terms of their environment, now typified by Charleston. It is arguable that in reality ‘design’ was even more important – perhaps subliminally – than ‘fine art’.
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Visit to the British Airways Heritage Centre
Wednesday 20 January and Thursday 11 February 2016

Unleash your inner trolley dolly with a visit to the BA Heritage Centre! The Centre covers all aspects of design for BA from the days of Imperial Airways to the present: posters and other publicity material, crockery, cutlery and glassware from in-flight service, stewardess uniforms on shop-window dummies, aircraft models and memorabilia. You even have the chance to sit in Concorde and 1st Class seats.

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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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Visit to a Private Collection in Islington
Wednesday 25 November 2015

A collection of modern British and French art, once owned by Eddie Sackville-West and Eardley Knollys has returned to its present home after travelling the country for two years. We are invited to take a private tour of this collection which includes both paintings and decorative items. The custodian and owner of the collection will talk us through the interesting ‘back story’ of the collection and highlight some of his favourite pieces. This will be followed by tea and cake.

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Visit to a Private Collection in St Albans
Tuesday 17 November 2015

Housed in a 1930s half-butterfly-plan house is an eclectic collection, spanning the late 19th century up to the present day: furniture, ceramics, silver, fine art, and prints and books, from Brangwyn up to pop art. The ceramics include Doulton and Minton, through to Wally Keeler and Elisabeth Fritsch. The furniture ranges from Voysey through the Cotswold school to Eames and Matthew Hilton. There is a room of Scottish painters, including Jessie M. King, Duncan Ferguson and others.

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

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 collections or decorative arts studies by Matthew Winterbottom from the Ashmolean, Kate Hay from the V&A and a recipient of a DAS grant. 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Lecture: Julian Stair, ‘From Funeraryware to Tableware’
Wednesday 10 June 2015

Julian Stair is one of the UK’s leading potters and writers on ceramics. He has been exhibiting internationally for the past 30 years and his work is in the V&A and in public collections around the world. His main interest is in the rituals of everyday life and his work is both functional and symbolic. Contrasting clays and natural colours give his pots a quiet serenity and, when used as installations, their purity and stillness take on a spiritual dimension. He will be talking about his two most recent exhibitions Quietus and Quotidian. This talk is generously sponsored by David and Brigitte Birch.

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The John Scott Collection: Architect Designers
Thursday 4 June 2015

Join us for a private view at The Fine Art Society, introduced by Rowena Morgan-Cox, of the closing exhibition of the series from The John Scott Collection. Architect Designers: From Pugin to Voysey represents the heart of the collection, celebrating British design and ingenuity from the late Victorian period into the early 20th-century and includes many of its best pieces. Highlights include a Pugin chair from the Palace of Westminster, an elegant oak table from Voysey’s own home, a vast Morris & Co. ‘Acanthus and Vine’ embroidery and a de Morgan tile panel of parrots and snakes.

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A Walk Around and About ‘Albertopolis’
Wednesday 27 May 2015

‘Albertopolis’, the area named after Prince Albert to the south of Hyde Park, became fashionable as a result of the 1851 and 1862 exhibitions, and the opening of the Albert Hall, said to have been inspired by the Colosseum in Rome. We shall see important works by R. Norman Shaw, J.J. Stevenson and others of that era, plus buildings by Wells Coates and Basil Al-Bayati. We shall even take in a ‘Voysey’ house! Our tour, which will last for just over an hour, followed by tea, will also pass by the homes of Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Jacob Epstein and Winston Churchill.

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St Mary Magdalene, Paddington
Wednesday 6 May 2015

This little-known Grade I listed church near the Grand Junction Canal was built by G.E. Street in High Gothic style (1868–73) and remains little altered, the roof painted by Daniel Bell, Salviati mosaics, Earp reredos and Henry Holiday stained glass. In addition the huge crypt contains the superb Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre entirely by Ninian Comper (1894). The church is slowly being restored to include a heritage centre with HLF funding. We shall be led by the very knowledgeable Father Henry Everett. We shall adjourn afterwards to a nearby waterside pub for a glass of wine.

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Tiaras and Fabergé at Wartski
Monday 27 April 2015

Geoffrey Munn OBE, jewellery specialist on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and managing director of the Court Jewellers Wartski will offer us a tour of the Fabergé collection and the historic jewels in the strong-room in Mayfair. This will include pieces commissioned by the Imperial Family, in particular the brooch designed by Fabergé as an engagement present from Tsar Nicholas II to Princess Alix of Hesse, set with diamonds and centring on a magnificent Siberian aquamarine. We will also see the sapphire and diamond tiara designed for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1842.


Study Visit to Lotherton Hall, Aberford, Leeds
Thursday 16 April 2015

An opportunity to study the rich and varied furniture and ceramics collections at Lotherton Hall, part of Leeds Art Galleries, and learn about the history of the house and collections with Adam White, Curator of Lotherton for the last 20 years and Sarah Nichols, a former curator of the house. Architect-designed objects feature strongly in the furniture collections, including an important group of furniture designed by Charles Bevan and made by Marsh and Jones for Titus Salt. The ceramics, equally varied, include important pieces made by Burmantofts, a Leeds company.



City of Westminster Archives Centre
Thursday 12 March 2015

This will be an opportunity to explore the history of Liberty, the world-famous store founded in 1875, and to view outstanding archive material illustrating its Arts and Crafts designs. Highlights will include early catalogues of oriental imports, correspondence with Sir Edward Burne-Jones and Walter Crane and a signed fabric design by C.F.A. Voysey as well as photographs of the fabric printing at Merton Abbey. Sketchbooks and catalogues of silver, pewter and jewellery showcase the work of Archibald Knox and Jessie M. King, and early furniture catalogues illustrate the work of the Liberty Design Studio. We will end with tea at the Wash-House Café.


Private View of a Collection of British Art Pottery Sale
Saturday 21 February 2015

We will have a private view of the forthcoming sale in Salisbury of probably the finest private collection of Ruskin and Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery in Britain, complemented by examples from Bernard Moore and William De Morgan and contemporary ceramics by Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, John Ward and Peter Hayes. Michael Jeffrey of Woolley & Wallis will give an introduction to the collection and participants will receive a free catalogue – as well as a glass of wine.


Lecture: Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Pursuit of Beauty
Wednesday 18 February 2015

Eric Knowles is the well known Antiques Expert and a familiar figure on the Antiques Road Show, as well as the presenter of many other popular BBC programmes. In particular, Eric catalogued the internationally renowned collection of Tiffany Glass in the Haworth Gallery in Accrington. Tiffany’s talents and career were many sided but this talk will focus on his preoccupation with glass and its decorative potential, looking at his breathtaking range of windows, vases, tiles, lamps and other lighting from the 1880s until 1928.


Visit to the Higgins Art Gallery and Museum Bedford
Tuesday 10 February 2015

The Curator Victoria Partridge will lead our visit to the newly refurbished Gallery and Museum, which apart from a very fine collection of paintings, prints and decorative arts, including some 200 objects from the Handley-Read Collection, has the two largest collections outside London of works by William Burges and Edward Bawden.


Visit to British Postal Museum and Archive
Wednesday 21 January 2015

The BPMA holds records of the Post Office from 1636 to the present day. The GPO was one of the great patrons of commercial artists and designers along with London Transport, Shell and British Airways: our visit will concentrate on some of the 6000 posters and artworks in the archive, from the 1930s to the present. As well as familiar names such as Eric Fraser and Hans Schleger (‘Zero’) there are unexpected ones like Ronald Searle, Osbert Lancaster and a handful of Bloomsberries. We also hope to see some other material such as original designs for postboxes and greetings telegrams and curiosa such as 19th-century postmen’s hats.

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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 there will be a short visit to the British Museum to view the new display ‘Collectors and Collections’ which looks at the Museum’s 250 years of collecting and includes old favourites alongside 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.

Image: Basket of plaited silver birch bark by Markku Kosonen, 2007, British Museum, given anonymously


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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: 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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 Offices of Donald Insall Associates
Tuesday 4 March 2014

Donald Insall Associates has 55 years’ experience in the conservation of historic buildings and palaces, the creative adaptation of existing buildings and new work in sensitive historic areas. Their work has been recognised in over 170 international, national and local awards. We are invited to the London office by Sir Donald and his associates for an evening event which will include a talk on ‘Conservation at the Cutting Edge’ and will illustrate their recent and current work on the Café Royal and Regent Palace Hotel in London’s nearby West End.

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An Eclectic Private Collection
Tuesday 14 January and Wednesday 15 January 2014

Although tens of thousands of middle-class terraced houses were built in London at the end of the 19th century, very few have retained their character and fittings through changes in fashion and the ravages of time. This is a rare chance to see the colourful and atmospheric interiors of such an 1890s house in Clapham, along with the collection of antique, Arts and Crafts and contemporary furnishings which the owners have built up over 20 years. There will be an introductory talk and tour, ending up with wine and nibbles.


Visit to the London Transport Museum Depot at Acton
Wednesday 22 January 2014 (tbc)

The London Transport Museum Depot holds the archive of LT posters from the great Frank Pick era up to the present day. The adjoining store holds many of the original artworks for these, including works by Hassall, Edward Bawden, Graham Sutherland and many more; it is fascinating to see how these were adapted for the finished posters. We hope to have access also to the Small Objects store, with sample tiles, etc., and there should be time afterwards for group members to wander round the rest of the depot, with everything from old station signs and network maps to complete buses and tube carriages.


Lecture: William Burges’s furnishings for Cardiff Castle
Wednesday 5 February 2014

Matthew Williams, who has been Curator of Cardiff Castle for nearly 25 years, will speak on the extraordinary work of William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute: ‘Opulent patronage – William Burges’s furnishings for Cardiff Castle’. A long-standing member of the DAS, Matthew lectures and writes widely on the subject of William Burges and Victorian buildings and design.



Liberty Study Day at the Museum of London
Wednesday 19 February 2014

The study day will chart the history of the Liberty department store from its beginnings in 1875 when Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened his East India House through to the 1930s. There will be an introductory talk by Anna Buruma, archivist at the Liberty Archive, and presentations by Alex Werner, head of history collections at the Museum, on Liberty’s ‘Indian village’ at the Albert Palace, Battersea and Liberty and the Savoy Theatre, and by Beatrice Behlen, the museum’s senior curator of fashion and decorative arts, on Liberty and aesthetic dress. The day will include a visit to the Museum’s costume store where Tim Long, curator of fashion and decorative arts, will be on hand to talk about a number of Liberty dresses and accessories.


Visit to H. Blairman & Sons, Mayfair
Thursday 27 February 2014

Established in 1884, H. Blairman & Sons Ltd is now directed by Martin Levy, the 4th generation of this family-run business. Martin has kindly invited us to his apartment to explore his stock prior to the Maastricht Antiques Fair. Blairman’s specializes in the 19th century from the Regency to Arts and Crafts, and over the years many of the significant and well-documented objects that have passed through the gallery have ended up in museums across the world, including works by the Pugins, Burges, Godwin, Gimson, Voysey and Baillie Scott.

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DAS AGM: Horniman Museum and Gardens
Saturday 9 November 2013

This year’s AGM will be held at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, one of the finalists for the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2013. Opened in 1901, the Museum now houses internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as natural history, and an acclaimed aquarium. After coffee and the formal proceedings we will have an introductory talk on the Museum. Judith Le Grove will then give a talk celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten. After lunch members will have time to view the collections and gardens. (Please note that attendance at the AGM is free, but there is a charge for lunch.)


Lecture: The Holland Park Artists’ Colony
Wednesday 30 October 2013

The reign of Queen Victoria witnessed a spectacular rise in the visibility, wealth, and prestige of English artists and designers. Caroline Dakers, Professor of cultural history at the University of the Arts London and author of The Holland Park Circle: Artists and Victorian Society, the first major study of the subject, will speak on the artists, architects, and their patrons who established their studios and houses in and around the fashionable new London district of Holland Park.


Robin and Lucienne Day and Rietveld at Christie’s
Monday 28 October 2013

Jeremy Morrison (Senior Director) and Joy McCall (Assistant Director) will give us a special guided tour of Christie’s forthcoming sale of important 20th-century works. Of particular interest are the personal furnishings of Robin and Lucienne Day, and Modernist furniture by Gerrit Rietveld, but the 120 or so lots will also include work by significant British Arts and Crafts designers and examples of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and modern international design.


Visit to British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
Friday 4 October 2013

The DAS will visit Stoke-on-Trent during the third British Ceramics Biennial (BCB). Starting at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery with curators Miranda Goodby and Claire Blakey, members will explore the gallery and stores of the finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics in the world, including items from the Minton Museum sale, art pottery and British 20th-century studio ceramics. We will also view AWARD, the exhibition of current UK ceramic practice. In the afternoon we will be met by BCB directors Barney Hare-Duke and Jeremy Theophilus at the former Spode factory site where this year’s FRESH exhibition showcases the best of UK ceramics graduates. The day will conclude with a visit to the recently re-opened Spode Museum with former Head Engraver, Paul Holdway.


Contemporary Designers Studio: Visit and Dialogue
Wednesday 2 October 2013

Join Medeia Cohan, Creative Director of the School for Creative Startups, at the studio of furniture and product designer Tom Cecil, along with designers Jim Rokos and Nick Rawcliffe. We will see the products and projects these emerging designers are working on, hear about their philosophies of design and learn what it takes to establish a successful, creative business – a growing and important part of the British economy – in an informal visit conducive to discussion.


A Weekend in Aldeburgh
Friday 27 – Sunday 29 September 2013

To coincide with the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, this weekend will focus on the seaside town and coastline that inspired his music. We have organised a special tour of the Red House where Britten and Peter Pears lived, now the home of the Britten-Pears Foundation, as well as a guided walk of Aldeburgh and a visit to the concert hall at Snape Maltings. A trip to the early 20th-century fantasy holiday village, Thorpeness, to the north of Aldeburgh, will also form part of the weekend.


Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Wednesday 25 September 2013

An Associate Partner of the firm has arranged a programmed visit to Richard Rogers’ architectural office on the riverside in Hammersmith. We shall have a talk on the firm’s history and a guided tour of the display of models of its buildings and plans for current schemes. This will be followed by a further talk from the project architect of the recently-completed NEO Bankside housing complex situated behind Tate Modern on Southwark Street. Tea and coffee will be included.
Ballot 31 July 2013.


Exploring Arts & Crafts in Bushey
Thursday 12 September 2013

This day will explore the rich arts and crafts history of Bushey, home to many artists and art schools in the latter part of the 19th century. Highlights include a private visit to a Charles Voysey house; Henry Holiday stained glass and Muriel Perrin sculptures at St Peter’s Church, Bushey Heath; the Thomas Mawson Rose Garden, site of von Herkomer’s art school; and at Bushey Museum, paintings by Hubert von Herkomer and Bushey artist Lucy Kemp-Welch, Hugh Wallis metalwork and Bushey Pottery by the Passenger Brothers, formerly decorators to De Morgan. The role of patronage within what we see will also be explored.
Lunch is not included, but can be taken at the Blue Check Restaurant (very reasonable lunch menu); or, if you prefer, picnic in the Rose Garden.


Eric Gill and Joseph Nuttgens: Sculpture and Stained Glass
Wednesday 17 July 2013

Pigotts Hill is a charming enclave high in the Chiltern Hills. Like his father before him, Joseph Nuttgens has worked on numerous stained glass projects, with John Piper among others. He also now does print-making. He will give us a talk in his studio before we move up the lane to experience the atmosphere of the commune that Eric Gill set up in 1928, until his death in 1940: it is now a music camp run by Dr Nicholas Wheeler-Robinson. We shall be regaled with a home-made lunch, a tour and an intimate talk on the eccentric Gill and his work. Ballot 30 April.


Lecture: Two Temple Place – ‘A Perfect Gem’ of late Victorian Art, Architecture and Design
Wednesday 26 June 2013

Art historian and consultant curator Barbara Bryant will speak on her new book, a monographic study of Astor’s building of 1895 on Victoria Embankment: Two Temple Place. Architect John Loughborough Pearson, better known for his Gothic Revival churches, assembled a team of artist-craftsmen to embellish Astor’s Estate Office, with no expense spared.


DAS Summer Picnic: Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Saturday 22 June 2013

The V&A Museum of Childhood is home to the nation’s collection of childhood- related objects dating from the 1600s to the present day and has become one of London’s favourite destinations. After the picnic lunch, the Director, Rhian Harris, will give us an introduction and history of the museum. Thereafter we will split into two groups to visit the Doll’s House stores with Sarah Wood, Curator, and the Nursery Furniture with Ester Lutman, Assistant Curator. The day will conclude with the traditional DAS raffle. Guests and children welcome.


Sir Ambrose Heal and Arts & Crafts in Beaconsfield
Tuesday 11 June 2013

Ambrose Heal purchased Baylins Farm in 1919 and it is still owned by his grandson Dr Oliver Heal and his wife Annik. Heal’s restoration of the house and some of its furnishings give a fascinating insight into his taste. We shall have an illustrated talk from Oliver, who is just completing a biography of his grandfather, and a tour of the house, before eating our own picnics, in the gardens if fine. After lunch, local historian Julian Hunt will lead us on a walk round interesting Arts & Crafts houses in Beaconsfield New Town. We may get access to one. Ballot 30 April 2013.

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A Private Collection of Items from the Omega Workshops
Wednesday 29 May and Friday 31 May 2013

Established by the painter and critic Roger Fry a century ago, the Omega Workshops brought the language of post-impressionist and cubist art to domestic decoration in Edwardian Britain. We are invited to take two tours of a private collection of Omega furniture and ceramics. The owner will talk briefly about collecting and living with the pieces. The collection also includes ceramics decorated by Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Quentin Bell and pieces from the ‘Modern Art for the Table’ exhibition held at Harrods in 1934. Tea will be served in the garden.


A Study Day in Greenwich, Royal Museums Greenwich
Wednesday 15 May 2013

This study day will begin with an introduction to Royal Museums Greenwich by Curator of Art Melanie Vandenbrouck. Curator of Decorative Arts and Material Culture will then talk about The Garden of England, and installation by contemporary textile artist Alice Kettle. Lunch will be taken in the Orangery of Inigo Jones’ Queen’s House. A short bus ride to the stores will lead us to the museum’s uniform and costume collection, where Amy Miller will show iconic pieces such as the suit made for Prince Albert Edward which launched the popularity of children’s sailor suits, and the splendid tailoring and Savile Row finish of officers’ uniforms.


Contemporary Silver Study Day at the V&A
Wednesday 1 May 2013

The V&A since its inception has had a contemporary acquisitions policy although it has not always been strictly followed. In the 1970s, fresh attention began to be paid to contemporary design, and nowadays, the majority of acquisitions made by the Museum are in the contemporary sphere. Eric Turner, Curator of 20th century and Contemporary Metalwork will be conducting a handling session for us, focussing on a selection of contemporary silver acquisitions.


Smallhythe Place & Rye
Saturday 13 April 2013

The celebrated actress Ellen Terry lived at Smallhythe Place for the last 30 years of her life. Now a National Trust property, the half-timbered cottage contains mementoes of her life and career. John Benjamin (of Antiques Roadshow) will talk about the collection in the Barn Theatre in the garden. The group will move on to Rye for a light lunch and an opportunity to explore its ‘quaint’ heritage and notable buildings, many with literary and artistic associations. Details of the programme will be confirmed in the February Newsletter. Limited to 20 members.


Visit to Martin Brothers Exhibition & the Cuming Museum
Thursday 21 March 2013

Exhibition organiser Anna Harnden will lead the group on a tour around the exhibition offering insights into the eccentric treasures of this rarely shown collection of Martinware. Following the tour, members will be invited for an exclusive behind-the- scenes visit in the collection store to discover some more of the hidden Arts and Crafts period gems of the Southwark Art Collection.

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A Private Collection of the New Sculpture in West London
Saturday 9 March 2013

The New Sculpture movement at the end of the 19th century marked a ­renaissance in British sculpture with key figures introducing new approaches to material, scale and subject matter and exploring the boundaries between sculpture and the decorative arts. A private collector has generously agreed to conduct two small groups through his impressive collection of over 100 small sculptures by many of the leading figures of this movement. The collection also includes examples of Mission furniture.


Whitefriars Glass Study Day, Museum of London
Tuesday 19 February 2013

This study day, led by Alex Werner, will begin by focusing on a number of late 19th- and early 20th-century Whitefriars pattern books and designs. Harry Powell’s remarkable workbooks will also be available for study. This will be followed by a visit to the glass showroom in the Victorian Walk gallery where most of the Museum’s pre-1920s Powell glass is on display. After a short bus ride and a pub lunch, the afternoon session in the Museum’s store in Hackney will examine the range of glass designed by James Hogan, Barnaby Powell, William Wilson and Geoffrey Baxter, made at the new factory at Wealdstone from 1923 onwards.


Betty Joel: Glamour and Innovation in 1930s Interior Design. A Lecture
6 February 2013

Clive Stewart-Lockhart, Managing Director of Woolley & Wallis, auctioneers in Salisbury, and well-known expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow will talk about his great-aunt Betty Joel, with whom he forged a close friendship after meeting her in his teens. Joel was one of a handful of very successful and original British women designers, whose work and the company she created embraced the entire field of interior design.


Visit to Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler
Tuesday 15 January 2013

Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler was founded in the 1930s and moved to Mayfair in 1944. The visit will be conducted by Roger Jones, a director of the company, and the tour of the showrooms will include a chance to see the company’s current stock of antiques and 20th-century furniture. Roger Jones will talk about how the company’s decorating style has evolved through the years in response to the changing expectations and tastes of clients, and the visit will end with refreshments in Nancy Lancaster’s famous Yellow Room. Ballot 30 November 2012.



A talk given to the Decorative Arts Society by J.S.M Scott at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 16th June 2012 - Click here


New York: The Decorative Arts in the Gilded Age and After
Monday 15 – Sunday 21 April 2013 (or the following week)

The American decorative arts of the age of Vanderbilt, Frick and Morgan will be the theme for this first study tour to New York by the DAS since the 1970s, which is being organised with the help of local museum curators, librarians and dealers. Works commissioned from such as Herter Brothers, Tiffany, Kimbel & Cabus and others will be studied in the newly remodelled American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in the Brooklyn Museum, as well as at the Park Avenue Armory and in private collections. The tour will be based in Manhattan but visits are planned outside the city to an 1860s villa currently undergoing restoration, and to the Hudson Valley. The visit will take in two current exhibitions: on Koloman Moser at the Neue Galerie and on Georges Hoentschel at the Bard Graduate Center.