Thursday 1st November: Morning, 2 lectures
PETER LE ROSSIGNOL
1: TREASURES OF FAR CATHAY – Decorative Arts in China
2: THE STONE OF HEAVEN (JADE 1500BC – 1800)
The exoticism of the East held the West enthralled for over two centuries. This talk features porcelain, jade, jewels, architecture, gardens and a few surprises. The Meridian line of the Forbidden City, its pure white marble path, double hip roofs and the importance of the number 9 are all discussed, together with Court ritual. The importance of the beautiful objects that surrounded the Emperors and some gifts that were given by ’the Barbarian’ Westerner in exchange for trade agreements feature to excite the eye and hopefully stimulate a passion for these wonderful wares.
The second lecture of the day covers the history of jade, its carving, uses and symbolistic significance to the ancient Chinese regime. The history traces the use of jade from archaic funerary offering through to objects of daily use in Ming and Qing dynasties. The technology of the mining of the stone combined with advances in carving techniques are discussed, highlighting the rivalry between workshops in Suzhou and Yangzhou, where carvers competed to produce the finest and most intricate designs.
Peter Le Rossignol has degrees in Decorative Arts & Historic Interiors and Fine Art Valuation; he also holds a DPhil in Art History. He has forty years’ lecturing experience, including to the Art Fund in Jersey and Guernsey, the Ringwood Antiques Club Hampshire, the Jersey College for Adult Education, and various after–dinner engagements. He has given talks on local radio, and held antique road shows for various organisations, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Booking opens at September lecture
Ticket price: TBA
Price includes morning coffee, wine and refreshments after the lecture.
(Tickets are non refundable)
10.00 hrs: coffee and biscuits
10.30–11.30 hrs: first lecture
11.40–12.40 hrs: second lecture
12.40 hrs: wine and refreshments
Telephone contact no.: 01483 861439