Wimborne & Blandford Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Wimborne & Blandford Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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DateLecture
16 October 2017The Palace of Versailles
17 July 2017Is it worth it? Fakes, Forgeries and Fashion in the Art Market
19 June 2017Theatrical Personalities of the 20th Century
15 May 2017O’Keeffe and New Mexico
10 April 2017Modern Architecture
20 March 2017Pots of Art from Grayson Perry
20 February 2017The Ups and Downs of the Impressionists along the Seine
16 January 2017The Mystery of Holbein’s “Ambassadors“
12 December 2016That Pretty German Toy – Musings on the Christmas Tree
21 November 2016Original Grand Designs – The Renaissance / Industrialism and Revival

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The Palace of Versailles
Peter Le Rossignol MA , MA , DPhil
Monday 16 October 2017

Peter has been involved in the art world for some forty years and has a wide range of interests most of which pivot on the technology and manufacturing of the decorative arts from early civilisations through to the 19th century.  He has completed three degrees culminating in a doctoral paper on precious metal techniques and their effect on the European economies of the 18th century.  He is a keen collector of “stuff” and enjoys the research into all objects – their history and the reasons behind their manufacture.  He believes that to understand the object is to understand the craftsman.

The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World heritage site for 30 years and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art.  Louis XIV embellished and extended a hunting lodge which had belonged to his father and established the court and government there in 1682.  Learn more about this magnificent and iconic building from Peter’s lecture.