Decorative Arts Society presents Indian Textiles and Elihu Yale’s Tapestries

 

Maker: John Vanderbank, The Concert, ca. 1700, Wool and silk, 340.4 x 525.8 cm (134 x 207 in.), Gift of Edward S. Harkness, B.A. 1897, Yale University Art Gallery 1926.30

Maker: John Vanderbank, The Concert, ca. 1700, Wool and silk, 340.4 x 525.8 cm (134 x 207 in.), Gift of Edward S. Harkness, B.A. 1897, Yale University Art Gallery 1926.30

The Greenwich Decorative Arts Society presents Indian Textiles and Elihu Yale’s Tapestries: Conversations in Cloth in Seventeenth-Century London, Monday, March 7, at 1:15 p.m., at the Bruce Museum.

The lecture is by Sylvia Houghteling, Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fellow, Department of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015-2016; Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College. Refreshments immediately follow.

This lecture will reconstruct the surprising ways that cloth from India revolutionized British textile arts beginning with Elizabethan embroidery and reaching all the way to a set of tapestries commissioned for Kensington Palace and purchased by Elihu Yale. Drawing upon research in royal archives, village workshops, shipping inventories and country houses in India and Britain, the talk will illuminate the forgotten history of early Anglo-Indian conversations in cloth.

Sylvia Houghteling, Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fellow, Department of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University.  Her dissertation, “Politics, Poetry and the Figural Language of South Asian Textiles, 1600-1730,” which received the Frances Blanshard Fellowship Prize from Yale University, explored the period sensibility that informed the production, reception and circulation of textiles in early modern South Asia.  In the Fall of 2016, she will be joining the History of Art department at Bryn Mawr College as an assistant professor of early modern art.

Admission for non-members of the Greenwich Decorative Arts Society is $25. Space is limited.  Reservations required for members and guests by February 29th. For reservations and information: [email protected] or 203-322-2967.  The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT.

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