San Francisco Ceramic Circle
August 15th, 2002 Meeting
"Sevres Porcelain in the Huntington Art Collections"
Associate Curator of Decorative Arts
The J. Paul Getty Museum
The August meeting of the San Francisco Ceramic Circle will
be held on Thursday, 15th August in the Florence Gould Theater
at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, San Francisco.
Entrance is from the West terrace from 7.30pm. The lecture will
start at 8.00pm.
About the Lecture: The Huntington Library, Art Collections,
and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, just north of Los Angeles,
houses an impressive collection of Sèvres porcelain, all
pieces made at the royal French porcelain manufactory between
1757 and 1783. Works include a porcelain plaque painted by the
most important painter at the manufactory, Charles-Nicolas Dodin,
pieces from a dinner service made for Louis XV, and a number of
large, elaborately decorated ornamental vases of rare shape -
including five extraordinary garnitures. The talk will be in two
parts, a discussion of the collectors - how and why the collection
is what it is and where it is today - followed by an investigation
of the major pieces in the collection.
About the lecturer: Jeffrey Weaver is associate curator of
decorative arts in the department of decorative arts at the J.
Paul Getty Museum. The decorative arts collection includes Northern
European furniture and objects dating from approximately 1650
to 1790, with a particular focus on French decorative arts. Since
joining the museum in 1991,
Mr. Weaver has assisted the curator with the work necessary for
planning the installation and move of our collection from the
old museum in Malibu to the present new building, and assisted
with various collections publications. His particular interest
is eighteenth century ceramics, and he has provided ongoing research
and assistance to the Huntington Art Collections regarding their
collection of French porcelain.
Next meeting: Thursday, 19th September 2002. Subject to be