Worcester Porcelain Manufactory, decorated by Jeffreys Hammett O'Neale, Vase with Three Lions, c. 1768–70, soft-paste porcelain, the MFAH, the Rienzi Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III, by exchange.
HADA Lecture “Ireland on a World Stage, 1690–1840”
Opening in 2014 at the Art Institute of Chicago, Ireland on a World Stage, 1690–1840 will present 300 objects from public and private collections across North America to provide a rich overview of the Emerald Isle during its first “Golden Age.” The seeds for this exhibition were first planted by historian Desmond FitzGerald, the Knight of Glin, who in his 2007 book, Irish Furniture, outlined his vision for:
“… a major exhibition on Ireland’s decorative arts of the 18th century, which would include furniture [and] bring together the common threads of the different fields. It would give an overview of the shared patrimony with England and the Continent and show the high level of craftsmanship achieved in Ireland at that time. A show of this stature would waken up the world to a staggering array of art that was manufactured in Ireland during this period.”
Ever since the Agricultural Depression in the British Isles in the 1880s, many extraordinary objects from Ireland have come to the United States and Canada and are now scattered from Hawaii to Maine and from Ottawa to San Antonio. The exhibition, organized by Christopher Monkhouse, will expand on the Knight of Glin’s vision to also include paintings, sculpture, and architecture in addition to bookbindings, ceramics, glass, furniture, metalwork, and textiles.
A reception to meet the speaker follows each lecture.
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