Stafford Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Stafford Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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DateLecture
13 September 2017Grinling Gibbons: Carver to the crown.
12 July 2017An introduction to Ice age art.
21 June 2017Pots and Frocks. The World of Grayson Perry, from Essex punk potter to Superstar National Treasure.
10 May 2017Perfect Porcelains for Palaces. The magnificent and rare Imperial Porcelains made for the Chinese court.
12 April 2017Protest Art - Social Art: Politics and Art do mix.
08 March 2017Dale Chihuly: the world’s foremost glass artist (The Tiffany of the 20th Century
08 February 2017"Lest We Forget", the moving story of Britain's war memorials.
18 January 2017Every picture tells a story : a treasury of book illustrations, prints and the graphic arts.
09 November 2016200 Years of Art in Australia
12 October 2016The Genius of Wedgwood

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Grinling Gibbons: Carver to the crown.
Caroline Knight
Wednesday 13 September 2017

Gibbons (1648-1721) came to England from the Netherlands, and developed a virtuoso style of carving, well suited to the Baroque interiors of late 17th century England. His limewood carvings with their festoons of fruit, flowers, fish and game embellished Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, and Kensington Palace, as well as country houses such as Petworth and Belton. His work was commissioned for public buildings and churches, and he also worked in marble, making church monuments. Two superb wood carvings are in the Victoria & Albert Museum: his Lace Cravat and the relief panel of The Stoning of Stephen.