British Furniture and Decorative Arts: A New Way of Seeing the Old

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Join Wolf Burchard, Associate Curator, European
Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum
of Art, Clinton Howell, Clinton Howell Antiques,
and Mark Westgarth, Associate Professor in Art History
and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds in the UK,
in presentations about British Furniture and Decorative
Arts, followed by a panel discussion moderated by
Lark Mason, Jr., AAA.

This is a recording of a webinar previously held on December 10, 2020.

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Image: SOLD! exhibition (2019) image courtesy of The Bowes Museum

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Wolf Burchard is Associate Curator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he is responsible for British furniture and decorative works of art. He was previously Furniture Research Curator at the National Trust and Curatorial Assistant at the Royal Collection.

Clinton Howell has been in antique furniture related business for close to fifty years. He attended the London College of Furniture for three years and lived and worked in London for five years, buying, restoring and selling furniture. He returned to the US and set up a restoration business in Bedford, NY and started dealing in 1979. He also started a Newsletter called the Antique Furniture Newsletter which ran from 1977-80 and wrote for Art & Auction Magazine for nearly twenty years, reviewing sales and writing profiles of members of the antiques trade both in London and New York. He opened his first gallery in Pound Ridge, NY in 1981 and moved to NY City in 1992. He now has a booth selling at the New York Design Center at 200 Lexington Ave. He is the President of both the Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) and the Confederation Internationale des Negotiants en Oeuvres d’Art (CINOA).

Mark Westgarth is Associate Professor in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds in the UK. He is founder and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies. He is author of some major studies of the history of the antique trade in Britain, including A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Antique & Curiosity Dealers (2011), and more recently, The Emergence of the Antique & Curiosity Dealer in Britain 1815-1850: the commodification of historical objects (2020). He was guest curator for the recent exhibition, ‘SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story’ at The Bowes Museum, County Durham in the UK, staged from January to May in 2019.

Lark Mason is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association and the President of the Board of Directors. He is a renowned expert in Chinese art and antiquities. He is also an author, appraiser, independent curator, educator, and art consultant. He worked with Sotheby's, New York, from 1979-2003, where he was an appraiser, Senior Vice President in the Chinese Works of Art Department, and Director of Online Auctions. At Sotheby's, he evaluated collections including those of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and many others. In 2003, he left Sotheby's to start, an international art auction company with regional associates in most major metropolitan areas of the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is an Adjunct Instructor at New York University's School of Professional Studies; he has also taught at the New York School of Interior Design, Parsons, and EmoryUniversity. Since 1996, Lark has regularly appeared on the PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, where he specializes in Asian works of art; he has also appeared on Strange Inheritance on the Fox Business Channel, Good Morning America, and on many other major media networks.

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