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Masquerade, music lessons and monkeys. The world of 18th Century porcelain figures. Jane Gardiner Tuesday 03 July 2018

Jane Gardiner trained at the V&A and continues to lecture there. She was Senior Lecturer at Sotheby's Institute of Art for 17 years, becoming Deputy Director of Sotheby's UK.  She has lectured for the National Trust, the Art Fund, London University, l'Institut d'Etudes Superieures des Arts, Paris and at a private women's college in Saudi Arabia amongst many other venues.

The lecture explores the taste and fashion for porcelain figure sculpture in the 18th Century, beginning as a table decoration and gradually moving to the mantelshelf and the china cabinet. During the lecture we shall meet characters from the Commedia dell'Arte, the English stage, beggars and pedlars, exotic figures from foreign lands, lovers, musicians, shepherds, the Greek Gods...... and even a monkey.