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The Art of Living in France in the 18th century

Friday 19th April, 2013

11:00am - 1:30pm

Price: £280.00

Ages: Adults

Lecturer: Christylle Phillips 

Fridays 19 April - 28 June (excluding 31 May) 11am-1.30pm

'Those who have not lived in the 18th century before the revolution do not know the sweetness of living' said Talleyrand. This ten week course will use the important collections of French Decorative Arts at the Wallace Collection to rediscover the lost world of living in 18th century France. The spaces people inhabited, the decoration of interiors, furniture and porcelain, and aspects of everyday life, from eating and hygiene to the Parisian Salons will be some of topics that will be studied through a combination of lectures and gallery talks. This course will be led by Christylle Phillips.

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19 April
Historical background: Monarchy and the Age of the Enlightenment.

26 April
Hotels Particuliers and Maisons de Plaisance.

3 May
Furnishing the interiors I

10 May
Furnishing the interiors II

17 May
A taste for porcelain

24 May
Dining rooms, eating and drinking

7 June
Bathrooms: concepts of cleanliness and the Toilette.

14 June
The age of reading and writing.

21 June
Salons, conversations and occupations.

28 June 
Collectors and collecting