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Tulipomania – A 17th Century Passion in Art, Gardens and Collecting
Thu 5th Oct 2023 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Description of Lecture
The lecture explores the passion for the exotic and beautiful tulip flower which reached its height in Amsterdam in the 1630s. Collectors, besotted by the exceptional beauty of this new and exotic flower, speculated in and paid ever higher prices for the rarest varieties, in expectation of the metamorphosis of bulb to a flower with petals of an unparalleled richness and intensity of colour. The variety ‘Semper Augustus’ was the most desirable, with its mysterious and spectacular ‘flamed’ petals. The coveted tulip featured as a motif on still-life flower paintings by Balthasar van der Ast and Ambrosius Bosschaert and on many different works of art from furniture to embroideries, furniture, ceramics and silver. During the seventeenth century, this rare and precious flower, beloved in art and a feature of botanical gardens, inspired the production of Delftware flower pyramids for the English court of William and Mary and examples can still be seen in the collections at Hampton Court Palace and Dyrham Park near Bath.
Lecturer: Anne Haworth
Anne has lectured at the V&A, the British Museum and Queen`s Gallery. She is a visiting lecturer at Regent`s University, Sotheby`s Institute and SOAS. Since 2008 Anne has had a visiting lecturer post in Florida teaching art history so she brings with her a wealth of varied experience in lecturing in art history.
Anne graduated in Modern History at Durham University. She trained at Bonham`s in ceramics and became a senior specialist in their team. Anne later moved to a similar post in ceramics at Christie`s. Anne has spent some years in China lecturing and is on the Committee of the French Porcelain Society.