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  • April 27, 2014 - April 30, 2014

Join us to celebrate the centennial of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont's Chinese Tea House at Marble House through an exploration of the complex and varied responses to the Far East - real and imagined - in the visual arts of Western Europe and The United States. Leading scholars will discuss the exchange of objects and the myriad interpretations of "Chinoiserie" through the lens of European and American architecture, furniture, painting, ceramics, textiles, gardens and collections from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

Newport has been a nationally significant repository for treasures from the Far East from its Golden Age in the eighteenth century to the Gilded Age. Boasting examples ranging from the rich collections of China trade objects at Hunter House (c. 1748), Kingscote (1841), and Chateau-sur-Mer (1852) to the incorporation of 18th century Chinese lacquer panels into the decoration of The Elms (1902), the Preservation Society's properties provide a uniquely focused lens through which participants will see the interplay of Eastern and Western design influences on American design and decorative arts.

Featured Speakers Include:

Sir Hugh Roberts
Former Director of the Royal Collection and Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art
United Kingdom

Joan de Jean
Trustee Professor of French, University of Pennsylvania

Lee Glazer
Curator of American Art, Freer-Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian)
Washington, D.C.

Carolyn Sargentson
Senior Research Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum

Judy Bullington
Chair, Art Department, Belmont University
Nashville, TN

Ronald Fuchs
Curator, Reeves Collection, Washington & Lee University
Lexington, VA

Laurie Brewer
Assistant Curator of Costume and Designs, Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI

Maggiz Lidz
Estate Historian, Winterthur Museum, Delaware

Noel Fahden Briceno
Category Manager, Vintage and Antiques, One King's Lane

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