Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Life Is Sweet
From 18th July
The Harley Gallery
Nr Worksop

I have just sent a collection down to the Harley Gallery on the Wellbeck Estate in Worksop, Nottinghamshire to compliment the work of their artist in residence, Jane Wildgoose. Jane has created an installation of sugar flowers that explore the complicated 18th century conventions for serving dessert. Inspired by the 155-piece dessert service commissioned by Margaret Duchess of Portland, and a set of Chinese watercolours from the Collection that depict porcelain production, Jane reveals the curious story of how the discovery of the secret of porcelain manufacture in the West led to replacement of the intricate sugarwork on the dessert table by fine chinaware.

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