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.
Booking essential on 020 7563 9527 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Historical background: Monarchy and the Age of the Enlightenment.
Hotels Particuliers and Maisons de Plaisance.
Furnishing the interiors I
Furnishing the interiors II
A taste for porcelain
Dining rooms, eating and drinking
Bathrooms: concepts of cleanliness and the Toilette.
The age of reading and writing.
Salons, conversations and occupations.
Collectors and collecting