Jane Gardiner

Masquerades, Music Lessons and Monkeys: The World of 18th Century

Porcelain  Figures

This lecture explores the fashion for porcelain figure sculpture in the eighteenth century, beginning as a form of table decoration and subsequently moving to the mantelshelf and china-cabinet; and how these figures reflect eighteenth century society in miniature. During the lecture you will meet characters from the Commedia del’Arte and the English stage, beggars and pedlars, exotic figures from distant lands, lovers and musicians, shepherds and shepherdesses, the gods of Olympus – even the odd monkey!