Meet the Expert

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Meet the Expert

Meet The Expert

Each month a member of the Curatorial Department explores ​their specialist area of the Collection in two different ways.

The month begins with a short Expert's Choice film that delves deeply into the story behind one object. Then, on the third Thursday of the month, a free ​online public talk introduces works of art in a broader context.

Félix Zorzo: Diana and Actaeon's Writing Desk

For May's talk, join Félix Zorzo, Curatorial Assistant and cover for the 18th-century French Decorative Arts, for an introduction to a mesmerising early 18th century writing desk, currently on display in our temporary exhibition, Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts.

To learn more, join us for May's Meet the Expert talk, where Félix will discuss how how decorative art pieces at the Wallace Collection reflect 18th century interest in the natural world, as French designers, sculptors and craftsmen sought inspiration from nature for their innovative creations in the Régence and Rococo styles.

Diana and Actaeon's writing-desk

EXPERT'S CHOICE: DIANA AND ACTAEON'S WRITING-DESK

Join Félix Zorzo, Curatorial Assistant and cover for the 18th-century French Decorative Arts at the Wallace Collection, for an introduction to a mesmerising early 18th-century writing desk, currently on display in our temporary exhibition, Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts.

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Akemi Luisa Herráez Vossbrink: David Roberts' Spanish and Moroccan Travels

For April's Meet the Expert talk, join Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Fellow, Dr Akemi Luisa Herráez Vossbrink and discover the Scottish artist, David Roberts, through a selection of his works held in the Wallace Collection.

To learn more about Roberts, you can watch April's Meet the Expert talk, where Dr Herráez Vossbrink is joined by Professor Claudia Hopkins, Director of Durham University’s Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art, as they discuss Roberts's travels throughout Spain, North Africa and the Middle East.

Painting by David Roberts

VIEWS OF SPAIN AND MOROCCO

Join Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Fellow, Dr Akemi Luisa Herráez Vossbrink and discover the Scottish artist, David Roberts, through a selection of his works held in the Wallace Collection.

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Suzanne Higgott: Two Painted Enamel Plates from Limoges

Join Suzanne Higgott, Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenware and Early Furniture, in taking a close look at two jewel-like painted enamel plates made in Limoges in the sixteenth century. For more from Suzanne, watch the live Meet the Expert talk from March, where she is joined by former keeper in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Dr Julia Poole, to discuss the 'Joseph Plates' and artists who made them.

An image of an enamel plate decorated with a scene of Joseph being taken to prison

Two Painted Enamel Plates from Limoges

Join Suzanne Higgott, Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenware and Early Furniture, in taking a close look at two jewel-like painted enamel plates made in Limoges in the sixteenth century.

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Ada de Wit: The Gold Cups of Eternal Stability

Follow Ada de Wit, Curator of Works of Art, as she examines a pair of Chinese gold cups and their role in the celebration of the New Year at the Qianlong Emperor’s Court. For more information about these ritual objects, their cultural context and the use of kingfisher feathers in decoration, join us for February’s Meet the Expert talk, where Ada will be in conversation with Dr Qin Cao, Senior Curator of Chinese, Korean, Himalayan and Mongolian collections at the National Museum of Scotland.

Meet the Expert: The Gold Cups of Eternal Stability and the Celebration of the Chinese New Year

The Gold Cups of Eternal Stability

Follow Ada de Wit, Curator of Works of Art, as she examines a pair of Chinese gold cups and their role in the celebration of the New Year at the Qianlong Emperor’s Court.

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Arthur Bijl: Talking About Daggers

Follow Arthur Bijl, Hutton McRoberts Assistant Curator of Ottoman, Middle Eastern and Asian Arms and Armour, as he considers the cultural role daggers played in the Ottoman Empire through the poetic inscriptions on one enigmatic dagger from the sixteenth century. For more information about daggers at the Wallace Collection, watch our free Meet the Expert talk, where Arthur discusses a unique dagger made in medieval Herat.

Dagger

Talking About Daggers

Follow Arthur Bijl as he considers the cultural role daggers played in the Ottoman Empire through the poetic inscriptions on one enigmatic dagger from the sixteenth century.

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Tobias Capwell: Fragments of an Imperial Armour

Dr Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour, takes a closer look at the surviving fragments of an imperial armour, made by master armourer Konrad Seusenhofer. To discover more about Suesenhofer, watch our free Meet the Expert talk, where Dr Capwell discusses the life and career of one of the greatest armourers of the 16th century.

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Fragments of an Imperial Armour

Join Dr Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour, to take a closer look at the surviving fragments of an imperial armour, made by master armourer Konrad Seusenhofer.

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Yuriko Jackall: The Swing

Jean-Honoré Fragonard's treasured rococo painting The Swing has recently undergone gentle cleaning and conservation. Yellowed varnish has been removed, which has revealed Fragonard's original colour palette and has emphasised the painting's original depth and composition. Learn more about the story behind The Swing in this month's Expert's Choice video and in our free online talk, The Fragonard Project.

Meet the Expert: The Fragonard Project

The Swing

Follow Dr Yuriko Jackall, Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of French Paintings, in her investigation of arguably the most famous French painting at the Wallace Collection

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Lelia Packer: Frans Hals and the Male Portrait

Lelia Packer, our Curator of Dutch, Italian, Spanish, German and Pre-1600 Paintings, explores male portraiture as part of the exhibition Frans Hals: The Male Portrait (22 September 2021 – 30 January 2022). The exhibition celebrates Frans Hals’s most famous and beloved painting, The Laughing Cavalier, in the first ever show to focus solely on Hals’s portraits of men posing on their own.

Learn more about this landmark exhibition with our free online talk, Frans Hals and The Male Portrait, available now on YouTube.

A painting of a man with a beard wearing a hat

The Laughing Cavalier

Join Lelia Packer, Curator of Dutch, Italian, Spanish, German and Pre-1600 Paintings, for a detailed look at The Laughing Cavalier

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Arthur Bijl: From The Guarded Domains of Iran

Our Hutton McRoberts Assistant Curator of Ottoman, Middle Eastern and Asian Arms and Armour, Arthur Bijl, invites you to take a closer look at the arms and armour of the reunited 'Guarded Domains of Iran' during the reigns of the early Qajar kings.

Learn more about an exceptional body armour bearing the name of Fath-’Ali Shah Qajar, and the complex role traditional arms and armour played in early nineteenth-century Iran, with our free online talk, From the Guarded Domains of Iran, available now on YouTube.

A detail of a dagger hilt

A Royal Lineage

Explore this extraordinary nineteenth-century Iranian dagger with Arthur Bijl, Hutton McRoberts Assistant Curator of Ottoman, Middle Eastern and Asian Arms and Armour

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Behind the Scenes

Over the past months, the Meet the Expert series has offered a deep dive into wide-ranging subjects such as the magnificence of arms and armour, the splendour of Philip IV's court, the ground colours of Sèvres porcelain, and a reconsideration of painter and draftsman Antoine Watteau on the 300th anniversary of his death.

In August, members of the Curatorial team came together to offer an insight into their work and their careers. Find out more in their online talk, available now on YouTube.

The Great Gallery at the Wallace Collection

Behind the Scenes

Find out what has been going on behind the scenes in the past year and some of the projects our curators have been working on

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Yuriko Jackall: Watteau, 300 years later

Our Head of Curatorial and Curator of French Paintings, Dr Yuriko Jackall, invites you to take a close look at the work of Antoine Watteau whose paintings are as alluring and mysterious today as they were three centuries ago.

Learn more about Watteau with our free online talk, Watteau at 300, available now on YouTube.

A painting of a group of figures in a wooded landscape

Voulez-vous triompher des Belles?

Learn more about one of Watteau's masterpieces with Head of Curatorial and Curator of French Paintings, Yuriko Jackall

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Lucy Davis: Rubens's Great Landscapes

Our Curator of British and Flemish Paintings, Lucy Davis, explores the ways in which Rubens developed the tradition of landscape painting and how oil sketches were an important part of his creative process.

To accompany this month's Meet the Expert content, we also explore another masterpiece of Flemish painting, An Allegory of True Love, by Pieter Pourbus.

Explore more in our In Focus: An Allegory of True Love article, or discover our whole range of Flemish paintings in our Flemish Painting Trail.

Learn more about Rubens's great landscapes with our free online talk, Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes, available now on YouTube.

Detail of a painting showing cows and milkmaids in a landscape

The Rainbow Landscape by Rubens

Lucy Davis, Curator of Flemish and British Paintings, explores Rubens’s Rainbow Landscape, a magnificent oil painting created for his country house in Brabant.

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Ada de Wit: Sir Richard Wallace’s Cabinet of Treasures

Our Curator of Works of Art and Sculpture, Ada de Wit, looks at the concept of the Kunstkammer or cabinet of curiosities and how this Renaissance tradition of collecting exceptional treasures from around the world was interpreted in the late nineteenth century by collectors such as Sir Richard Wallace.

Learn more about the Kunstkammer with our free online talk, Collecting Treasures: Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden and the Wallace Collection, available now on YouTube.

A wooden triptych carved with the Adoration of the Magi

A MINIATURE TRIPTYCH WITH THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI

Find out more about this miniature boxwood triptych showing The Adoration of the Magi with Curator of Works of Art and Sculpture, Ada de Wit

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Félix Zorzo: The Ground Colours of Sèvres Porcelain

Curatorial Assistant Félix Zorzo delves into the wide range of ground colours used by the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory in eighteenth-century Paris. From deep blue to bright pink, the intensity and variety of colours with which Sèvres artisans covered their creations set them apart from competitors, and helped establish a particularly French style.

Tune into Félix Zorzo's free online talk, The Ground Colours of Sèvres Porcelain, now live on YouTube.

To continue learning about Sèvres porcelain, take a look at our online course, Modern and Contemporary Sèvres: Innovation Through Tradition

Plate from a tea service with pink and gold surrounding an image of birds in a tree

A Sèvres Porcelain Tea Service with 'Rose Marbré' Decoration

Find out more about a Sèvres porcelain tea service decorated with a dazzling pink marbled effect from Curatorial Assistant Félix Zorzo

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Suzanne Higgott: Venetian Glass in the Wallace Collection

Our Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenware and Early Furniture, Suzanne Higgott, explores the Venetian Glass of the Wallace Collection and the history of its popularity with nineteenth-century collectors in two exciting entries into the series.

Tune into Suzanne Higgotts's free online talk, The Magic of Venetian Glass, now live on YouTube.

Glass goblet with yellow detail

A French Renaissance Enamelled Glass

Find out more about the meaning and possible function of this enchanting object in this Meet the Expert film

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Natalia Muñoz-Rojas: Philip IV’s Court

Our Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant, Natalia Muñoz-Rojas, explores the Wallace Collection's masterpieces attributed to Velázquez and his school, the history behind the Habsburgs and the Spanish Empire, and the splendid artworks of the Court of Philip IV.

Tune into Natalia Muñoz-Rojas's free online talk, Velázquez or Mazo? Philip IV Court Painters, now live on YouTube.

Treasure of the Month: Prince Baltasar Carlos in the Riding School

Prince Baltasar Carlos in the Riding School

Discover one of our most charming yet mysterious paintings attributed to Velázquez’s studio.

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Helen Jacobsen: Riesener in the Nineteenth Century

Our Curator of French Eighteenth-Century Decorative Arts, Dr Helen Jacobsen, explores Riesener's masterworks currently housed at the Wallace Collection, as well as the appetite for Riesener's craftsmanship in the nineteenth-century Collector's market.

Tune into Dr Helen Jacobsen's free online talk, Copies, Fakes and Reproductions: A closer look at works in the Wallace Collection, now live on YouTube.

A marquetry roll-top desk

The Art of the Copy

Discover the story behind Lord Hertford's desk with our Curator of French Eighteenth-Century Decorative Arts, Dr Helen Jacobsen.

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Tobias Capwell: Armour as Renaissance Art

Curator of Arms and Armour, Dr Tobias Capwell, explores the materials and techniques found in the breath-taking European Armouries as well as taking us on a tour of some of the greatest armours on display in the Collection in his digital trail, Armour as Renaissance Art.

Beasts and Heroes: Masked Visors in the Wallace Collection

Armour as Renaissance Art

Dr Tobias Capwell, the Wallace Collection's Curator of Arms and Armour​, introduces a grotesque visor from a close-helmet.

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