Meet The Expert


Meet The Expert

Meet The Expert

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

The month begins with a short ​online Gallery Trail highlighting a handful of unmissable objects from the Wallace Collection. Works in Context is a longer article explaining the meaning of those objects within a larger social or historical context, and sets the scene for Expert’s Choice, a short film that delves deeply into the story behind one object. The works of art, why they are important, and their histories are explored more in a free ​online public lecture on the third Thursday of the month.

Félix Zorzo: The Ground Colours of Sèvres Porcelain

This month, our 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.

You can join Félix Zorzo in our upcoming free online lecture, The Ground Colours of Sèvres Porcelain, on Thursday 15 April 2021 at 13.00 for a journey through the spectrum of Sèvres ground colours.

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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

This month, our Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenware and Early Furniture, Suzanne Higgott, will be exploring the Venetian Glass of the Wallace Collection and the history of its popularity with nineteenth-century collectors in two exciting new entries into the series.

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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.

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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 lecture, Copies, Fakes and Reproductions: A closer look at works in the Wallace Collection, now live on YouTube.

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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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