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Thursday, 26 October - Talk by JEREMY MUSSON, Architectural Historian and Author
6:15pm talk followed by reception
Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration & the Art of Elegance

Location: The General Society Library at 20 West 44th Street, First Floor, New York City
Advance Reservations Required: Tickets $30 for Soane members and supporters - please enter code:  17FSJSM

Go to Royal Oak or Buy tickets here

Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration & the Art of Elegance 

ROBERT ADAM, one of the greatest 18th century architects in England, influenced generations with his use of the neoclassical aesthetic in the English country house interior. After returning to Britain from a Grand Tour to Italy and Dalmatia in the 1750s, he and his brothers set up an architectural firm. Adam introduced and popularized decoration based on ancient classical ornament, with tablets and medallions of low relief plasterwork on ceilings and walls; carved and gilded classical motifs on furniture; and designs for chimneypieces incorporating classical masks, wreaths and tributes. He also used fashionable colors such as pink, green, blue, lilac, and straw to bring his ornamental detail in relief and to create harmony between ceiling and side walls. He emphasized curved and arched ceilings, apses, and niches to create what he called “movement…to add greatly to the picturesque of the composition.” Architectural historian Jeremy Musson will talk about Adam’s life and work, describing his unique design process, his patrons, and his enduring legacy on the world of design. Mr. Musson will illustrate and describe magnificent country house interiors designed by Adam, including National Trust treasures such as, the Palladian inspired Kedleston in Derbyshire and Saltram, one of Britain’s best examples of early Georgian style. 

JEREMY MUSSON is a leading commentator and authority on the English Country House. His latest book is Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration & the Art of Elegance (2017).

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Join us or tell friends in other cities for JEREMY MUSSON and his talk on Robert Adam

Los Angeles, Monday, October 23 - 6:00 pm reception; dinner 6:30 pm; 7:15 pm lecture

San Francisco, Tuesday, October 24 - 6:30 pm reception; 7:00 pm lecture

Philadelphia, Tuesday, October 30 - 6:00 pm reception; 6:30 pm lecture; 7:30 optional dinner

Advance Reservations Required: Tickets $30 for Soane members and supporters - please enter code:  17FSJSM; $40 for non-members.  Go to Royal Oak


THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW

 

October 25 Gala Preview; October 26 to 29, 2017

The Soane Foundation is pleased to serve as a Cultural Partner for the tenth year. As always, there are a great series of lectures, including Ellie Cullman, Miles Redd, Gil Schafer, Beth Webb and more. 

The 2017 theme, FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design, explores our fascination with the beauty and passion, as well as its symbolism, throughout the ages. Congratulations to Suzanne Tucker, Show Chair and all that put together this amazing annual gathering. 

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REPLY FORM
Monday, 25 September - Talk by BRUCE BOUCHER, Director of the Soane Museum, London
6:30pm Reception | 7pm Talk Opening Up The Soane

Location: The General Society Library at 20 West 44th Street, First Floor, New York City
Advance Reservations Required:  Free for members of ICAA and the Soane, $30 General Admission.

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Opening Up The Soane with Bruce Boucher, Director of London’s venerable Sir John Soane’s Museum. In his lecture, Bruce will talk about the importance of the Museum’s outreach programs, as well as its seven-year project to restore the Museum to its 1837 state, which efforts led to the Museum being a finalist for the UK’s Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017.

BRUCE BOUCHER studied at Harvard University, Magdalen College, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he obtained his PhD. He also attended the Getty Institute’s Museum Leadership course. He taught for over twenty years at University College in the University of London before entering the museum world as curator and head of European Sculpture, Decorative Arts, and Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. He then worked as director of the Fralin Museum of Art.  During his time at the Fralin, he supervised a major renovation of the museum and curated a number of exhibitions. His research interests have been Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical architecture and art. He is the author of a number of books, and has served on the steering committee or has been responsible for various other exhibitions.

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Tuesday, 26 September - ARTISANS AT WORK -
Meet the people involved with Inspired by Soane

6:30pm to 8:30pm Reception and brief remarks

Location: The showroom of Burden at 47-20 33rd Street, Long Island City, NY 10128
Reservations Requested: Click here

Artisans at Work:  An evening reception with live workshop demonstrations from BurdenChesney'sHector Finch, and Hyde Park Mouldings celebrating the artisan crafted products inspired and licensed by the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.  Meet the personalities behind the brands, discover the products, learn about materials and techniques. Also featuring the United States debut of Soane inspired fabrics by Gainsborough.

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New York City

SOLD OUT!

LOST SPACES – Bringing back to Life Spaces through Restoration and Conservation:
Making Mrs Soane's Morning Room 'Permanently Magical'

Talk by JANE WILKINSON, Head of Conservation, Sir John Soane's Museum, London
TUESDAY, 18 APRIL 2017 – Talk starts at 7pm, reception to follow (Doors open 6:45pm for seating)

LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street (northeast corner at Park Avenue), New York City
TICKETS: $35 members, $45 non-members, $100 Lecture Patrons (includes two tickets)
ATTIRE: Business attire (jacket and tie for men)

With the five-year, $13-million restoration project at the Sir John Soane's Museum recently completed, Jane Wilkinson looks back at some of the processes employed, problems solved and discoveries made. In particular, Jane will focus the discussion on how the 'lost' space of the Morning Room was painstakingly reassembled based on deputy director Helen Dorey's scrupulous research into Soane's original scheme. [Images: top left, as an office; top right, Jane working on a frame; bottom, restored room]

Among the biggest challenges encountered was how to conserve the frames on the 45 works of art returning to the Morning Room. For many years these frames had been stored away or hanging in different rooms and were in extremely varied degrees of preservation – from the immaculate to the decrepit. The conservation team's task was to bring them all to the same level, and in such a way that they made a unified whole and contributed to making the room, once again, 'permanently magical'.
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180 years ago, 'permanently magical' was how Isaac Disraeli described the house/museum in a letter to Soane in 1836 – the year before Sir John Soane died and the house became permanently the museum. Disraeli was writer, scholar and man of letters, and the father of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
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JANE WILKINSON has worked at the Soane for over thirty years. She was appointed in 2009 as the museum's first full-time conservator. Her responsibilities include day-to-day care of the collections as well as the planning and management of restoration projects. She is also a practicing artist who exhibits regularly. Her museum work strongly influences her practice as an artist, which addresses issues around taxonomy, fragmentation and the associative power of historic objects.

Boston

LOST SPACES – Bringing back to Life Spaces through Restoration and Conservation:
Making Mrs Soane's Morning Room 'Permanently Magical'

Talk by JANE WILKINSON, Head of Conservation, Sir John Soane's Museum, London
WEDNESDAY, 19 APARIL 2017 – – private event, please contact Chas Miller for details on possibly attending as space is extremely limited.

New York City

Soane and Mies: In Search of Abstraction

Talk by Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History, Columbia University
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 – Talk starts at 6:45pm – Reception 6:15pm to 6:45pm
*SOLD OUT *

LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street (northeast corner at Park Avenue), New York City
TICKETS: Advance Reservations Required — SOLD OUT
ATTIRE: Business attire (jacket and tie for men). No cellular phones allowed (phones must be turned off).

Their lifetimes separated by a century, Sir John Soane and Mies van der Rohe, might at first seem diametric opposites: the one known for his residence filled with things collected, the complexity of effects and illusions in his House Museum, the other associated with "less is more" and a vocabulary used repeatedly on project after project. Yet precisely in the search for a vocabulary that could synthesize tradition and create something fundamentally modern and novel the two might be seen as masters of abstraction, students of the languages of architecture to create a new grammar for their present.

John Soane (1753-1837) | Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969)


NEW YORK CITY

The STRIPPING OF THE COUNTRY HOUSE


Talk by Tim Knox | Presented by Cambridge in America
Thursday, 27 October 2016 – Lecture and Reception

Cambridge in America invites you and your guest to join Tim Knox, Director and Marlay Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, for a special event in New York City this fall. The evening will include an opportunity to socialize and network with Cambridge alumni and friends and feature a lecture by Mr. Knox entitled "The Stripping of the English Country House" about how the marketplace for heritage items impacts the United Kingdom.

Tim Knox is the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Prior to his appointment in 2013, Mr. Knox served as Director of the Sir John Soane's Museum in London where he had been since 2005. He studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and was appointed Assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings Collection in 1989, moving in 1995 to the National Trust as its Architectural Historian, becoming Head Curator in 2002.

The Soane Foundation is grateful to Cambridge in America for welcoming our members for this event.

 

SAN FRANCISCO

THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW

October 26 Gala Preview; October 27 to 30, 2016

The Soane Foundation is pleased to serve as a Cultural Partner for the ninth year. As always, there are a great series of lectures, including Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder, James Reginato, Alexa Hampton and more.

THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW

The 2016 theme, Animalia: Animals in Art and Antiques, explores our fascination with the beauty and mystery of the animal kingdom, as well as its symbolism throughout the ages. Congratulations to Suzanne Tucker, Show Chair and all that put together this amazing annual gathering.

Click for PREVIEW GALA Tickets, Entry Tickets and Lecture Tickets

New York City

Great Collectors Talk:
CREATING A COLLECTION AND A NEW MUSEUM
ONE PRIVATE COLLECTORS ENDEAVOR

Conversation between
CHRISTIAN LEVETT and Soane Museum Director BRUCE BOUCHER

WATCH A VIDEO from the event

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 - 6 pm talk
Doors open 5:45pm – Wine reception following

LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street (northeast corner of Park Avenue), New York City

TICKETS: Advance Reservations Required.
Reply Form
$50 members, $75 non-members, $10 students
$250 Lecture Patrons (includes two tickets)

ATTIRE: Business attire (jacket and tie for men). No cellular phones allowed (phones must be turned off).

RSVP: Please call 212-223-2012 or email: Chas@SoaneFoundation.com

About the speakers:

CHRISTIAN LEVETT is a recently retired fund manager with a passion for the arts. An active philanthropist, Levett supports exhibitions and projects at a number of world-renowned institutions including Sir John Soane's Museum; the Royal Academy, the National Gallery, London; the British Museum and the British School at Rome as well as sponsoring archaeological digs in the UK, Italy and Egypt. Levett is an Honorary Fellow of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology; Wolfson College of the University of Oxford and a member of Oxford University's Chancellor's Court of Benefactors.

BRUCE BOUCHER became the 14th Director of Sir John Soane's Museum in London, starting in May 2016. Immediately prior, he served as Director of the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia from 2009 to 2016. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Bruce studied at Harvard University, Oxford's Magdalen College, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he obtained his Ph.D. He taught for more than twenty years at University College in the University of London before entering the museum world as curator and head of European Sculpture, Decorative Arts, and Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (2002). Dr. Boucher is the author of a number of books, among them, Andrea Palladio: The Architect in His Time (1994, revised, 1998 and 2007), and Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova (2001). Bruce previously served as a board member and president of the board of the Center for Palladian Studies in America.


New York City

 

Books:
Antiquarian Collectors, Buyers and Sellers - John Soane to today

Talk by John Crichton
Owner of The Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco, which has the distinction of being one of the country's oldest antiquarian bookshops.

Antiquarian Collectors, Buyers and Sellers - John Soane to today

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 - 7pm talk
Followed by a reception (doors open for seating at 6:45pm)

LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street (northeast corner of Park Avenue), New York City

TICKETS: Advance Reservations Required - there is no charge for this event.

ATTIRE: Business attire (jacket and tie for men).

RSVP: Please call 212-223-2012 or email: Chas@SoaneFoundation.com

John Crichton has been proprietor of The Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco since 1983. He has served as president of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and the Book Club of California, and he has served on the governing boards of the Bibliographical Society of America, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies. He is a member of the American Antiquarian Society.

Mr. Crichton will have a booth at the upcoming New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 7 to 10 at the Park Avenue Armory. Also visit The Brick Row Book Shop (Established 1915), 49 Geary Street, #230 | San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 398-0414 | www.brickrow.com

San Francisco

Intersection of Architecture and Classicism in Cuba

Talk by Thomas A. Kligerman
President of the Soane Foundation and Principal of Ike Kligerman Barkley

Intersection of Architecture and Classicism in Cuba

Presented in collarboration with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art – Northern California Chapter.

Monday, 2 May 2016 – 7pm talk
5:30pm reception at Epoca, 1700 Sixteenth Street at Kansas Street – Lecture starts at 7pm across the street at the San Francisco Design Center, Atrium.

LOCATION: Epoca, 1700 Sixteenth Street at Kansas Street – Lecture starts at 7pm across the street at the San Francisco Design Center, Atrium.

TICKETS: Deals to be available soon.

Ceramica:
The Power of Installation, Soane and Beyond

Talk by JOANNA BIRD and SAMANTHA GROVER
Joanna Bird Gallery | Joanna Bird Foundation

 
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 - 6:30pm reception, 7pm talk
The reception will continue following the talk.

LOCATION:
Jonathan Burden, 180 Duane Street (between Hudson and Greenwich Streets), New York City

TICKETS:
Advance Reservations Requested — there is no charge for this event
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RSVP: Please call 212-223-2012 or email: Chas@SoaneFoundation.com


One of the centerpieces of the Soane collection is the Cawdor Vase. This vase is the largest and most elaborate classical ceramic piece in the collection. It presents mythical figures from the Olympic Games and has a great provenance, back to the collection of the King of Naples. It has pride of place in the Library Dining room.

This talk will focus on the Soane Museum's collection, plus some contemporary ceramics which are being shown at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair opening this week in Manhattan. Pieces in the Soane Museum collection include the Cawdor Vase and the extremely rare Chinese export ware tiles, of which the Museum owns 300. There are also items such as the small neoclassical Wedgwood biscuit fired urn decorated with paper flowers by Mrs. Soane which is now displayed in the Oratory in the newly restored private apartments, carefully positioned to serve as a memorial to her. Soane liked to amass objects to create more impact and atmosphere and he too liked to mix contemporary and the antique. The Soane Museum has followed Soane in this direction with the 2013 exhibition: Marking the Line, Ceramics and Architecture, which was curated by Joanna Bird.

Information on the fair: www.newyorkceramicsandglassfair.com

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