Adorned by Egypt – Egypt in Arts and Crafts – Chris Elliott

Chris Elliot, of Egypt in England began his comprehensive lecture with Egyptian themes in Roman mosaics & frescoes and carried on with a general tour of influences on our own Arts and Crafts movement.

Further afield, Piranesi decorated the English Coffee House near the Spanish Steps in Rome in Egyptian style, and Pattern Books emerged of Egyptian & Assyrian styled Chimney breasts, doorways etc. for grand houses.  Sir John Soane’s Museum, London was full of antiquities, including the fabulous sarcophagus of Pharaoh Seti l.  Sevres produced an Egyptian Service: one set for Tsar Alexander l, the other for the Empress Josephine, which passed to Louis XVIII and is now in the Wellington collection in Apsley House, London.

Victorian paintings depicted scenes from Egyptian history, and furniture, fabrics, carpets & Wedgwood ceramics were Egyptianised.  And after the famous find in 1922 ‘Tut-mania’ saw mass-production of all things Egyptological – good & bad.

Chris made a ‘timely’ end – with a Bradford Exchange advert for an Egyptian-themed “Cuckoo” clock!

Thanks again Chris – entertaining, as always

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