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
Joan de Jean
Trustee Professor of French, University of Pennsylvania
Curator of American Art, Freer-Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian)
Senior Research Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum
Chair, Art Department, Belmont University
Curator, Reeves Collection, Washington & Lee University
Assistant Curator of Costume and Designs, Rhode Island School of Design
Estate Historian, Winterthur Museum, Delaware
Noel Fahden Briceno
Category Manager, Vintage and Antiques, One King’s Lane
See the complete list of speaker biographies
Symposium Program and Admission
Review the Symposium Program
Admission is $500 for Preservation Society members, $550 for non-members, which includes a one-year individual membership.
For further information email Symposium@NewportMansions.org
, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 154.
If you would like to take advantage of special Newport Symposium room rates at the Hotel Viking:
1) Log on to the Hotel Viking website at www.hotelviking.com
2) Click on Reserve
3) Click on Enter Group/Negotiated Code under the calendar, which will take you to the online booking portal
4) Enter your online booking code (1JU6O3) under Special Codes
5) Enter your arrival and departure dates and click check availability to book your room
Or you can simply enter the following link into your browser
then follow steps 4 & 5
Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Scholarships are available to assist undergraduate and graduate students interested in attending the Symposium. Scholarships are $550 and cover the cost of attending all lectures and Symposium events. Additional funds are available for travel and lodging expenses. Please note in your letter of interest if you are also requesting consideration for travel funds.
Send a letter of interest (1 page maximum) stating your professional or academic status and the reasons why attendance at the Symposium would benefit your work. Please include two academic or professional letters of recommendation.
Arts & Humanities Professionals
A limited number of Symposium admissions are available, free of charge, for arts and humanities professionals.
To apply, submit a letter of interest indicating your professional interests, affiliations, and how the Symposium would benefit your work.
Direct all letters to:
The Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
Or e-mail: Symposium@NewportMansions.org
Letters are due by Friday, March 14, 2014
Notifications of scholarships will be made by Friday, March 15, 2014