Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Join The Royal Oak Foundation at The Grolier Club tomorrow night, March 3rd for a fascinating and glamorous talk-- Mirror, Chrome, and Gin Fizz: Art Deco in Britain.

In 2003, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London held the Art Deco 1910–1939 exhibition. They installed this stunning Oliver Bernard- designed foyer from the Strand Palace Hotel 1930–31.

Emily Evans Eerdmans, design historian at F.I.T. , blogger and author is an expert on English furniture and decorative arts at Hyde Park Antiques. She will be speaking about the glory days of British art deco. Her books include Classic English Design and Antiques, and most recently, Regency Redux. Her forthcoming book on the decorator and antiquarian Madeleine Castaing will be coming out this fall with Rizzoli. To many, the Art Deco style epitomizes the glamour and fast times of the 1920s and 1930s. Even though it didn’t permeate British design as thoroughly as it did in France and the U.S., examples of the high style abound. Places of luxury and escape, such as hotels, ocean liners, and movie palaces, were most often given the Art Deco treatment, although much does not survive.Eerdmans will discuss highlights of British Art Deco, including the Cunard Line’s original Queen Mary in 1936, the jazzy mirrored foyer at Claridge’s, interiors at the National Trust’s Coleton Fishacre, and the meeting of Swedish neoclassicism and Art Deco in Eltham Palace, the residence of Stephen and Virginia Courtauld.

The details:
Location: The Grolier Club 47 East 60th St 6:00 PM
for more information, visit The Royal Oak Foundation $30 members $30 co-sponsor members $40 non-members

More about the Royal Oak Foundation:
For those that can't get enough British history, art, architecture, gardens, landscapes, and interior design, the Royal Oak is for you. The ROF supports and enjoys the shared cultural heritage between Britain and the United States. Royal Oak membership provides access for the American traveler to the British Isles, with free admission to more than 350 historic houses, castles and gardens preserved and presented by the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus 100 more sites belonging to the National Trust for Scotland. There are varied membership options, and each level provides amazing access to The National Trust, one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, that protects the United Kingdom’s landmark buildings and land.

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