Home Events The annual Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture – Collecting and Interior Design in Britain
The annual Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture – Collecting and Interior Design in Britain

Speaker

  • Dr. Helen Glaister
    Dr. Helen Glaister
    Course Director of the V&A Arts of Asia Year Course

    Dr. Helen Glaister is the Course Director of the V&A Arts of Asia Year Course and Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS. She studied art history before specialising in Chinese art for her MA and PhD at SOAS. She formerly worked at the British Museum and Birkbeck College.

Location

Online
Online Event

Date

08 Dec 2020

Time

6:00 pm

Cost

Free to Members

The annual Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture – Collecting and Interior Design in Britain

Helen Glaister is the Course Director of the V&A Arts of Asia Year Course and Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS. She studied art history before specialising in Chinese art for her MA and PhD at SOAS. She formerly worked at the British Museum and Birkbeck College.

Collecting and Interior Design in Britain: the Ionides Collection of European Style Chinese Export Porcelain, 1920-1950

The Ionides Collection of European Style Chinese Export Porcelain today represents one of the largest bodies of this specialist category of Chinese porcelain in the British national collections, now divided between the V&A and British Museum, but the history of the collectors and the collection remains largely unknown beyond specialist ceramics circles.

Focussing on the years leading to, during and immediately following WWII, this lecture explores the life of collection and collectors, Basil and Nellie Ionides, revealing their private motivations for collecting Chinese ceramics and art objects, and the impact of social networks linking them to fellow collectors such as Queen Mary, and collecting societies including the OCS, in addition to museum specialists, agents, advisors, dealers and auctioneers.  The relationship between collecting Chinese export porcelain and interior design during this period constitutes a key strand of enquiry, as part of the contemporary fashion for the Neo-Georgian, in which the collector/designer Basil Ionides played a significant role.

This lecture is kindly sponsored by The Butler Collection Partnership.

Illustration: Punch bowl decorated with Chinese and European motifs, porcelain with overglaze enamels and gilding, Jingdezhen, China, c.1760-70, D:35.3cm, Basil Ionides Bequest. V&A: C.22-1951. (©Victoria and Albert Museum, London).

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