mon16may6:30 pm*Rescheduled* YG Lecture: Four Crowns: A Dream of AntiquityIn-person lecture by David Sansom6:30 pm The Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, FitzroviaBook Now

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*This talk was originally due to take place on Monday 31st January and has now been rescheduled for Monday 16th May*

£15 (£10 YGs)

This talk will discuss the Four Crowns collection and reflect the major concerns of the project: permanence, mutability, and a dream of antiquity. This will be achieved by exploring the history of scagliola as a craft and how scagliola’s three-dimensional applications are evolving in ways previously unachieved by scagliola craftsmen. To demonstrate the depth of the collection, our talk will shine a light on the subjects that govern the artistic ideals behind Four Crowns. These include: the emblem tradition, the aesthetic value of ruins, the significance of the Grand Tour in contemporary design and the enduring importance of contributing to the classical tradition with new ideas. This talk will appeal to anyone who is interested to learn how famous names such as Piranesi, Clérisseau, Panini and Gandy have influenced artists and craftsmen working in the 21st century.

Launched in late 2019, Four Crowns is a sculpture and design studio which rethinks and recasts ancient motifs for contemporary audiences. The studio works primarily with bronze and scagliola – the ancient method of manipulating plaster and natural pigments to mirror rare, lost or unobtainable marbles. With over 50 years experience in sculpting and stone masonry, combined with an academic background in classics, Four Crowns is exacting craftsmanship working at the highest levels. This is shown throughout our compelling collection of architectural details and inscrutable objects. We sell our work to collectors and designers around the world, and offer consultation on applying classical themes to contemporary design briefs.

This lecture will be given by David Sansom, co-founder and Studio Director of Four Crowns. Since 2019, David has led the development of Four Crowns from an inscrutable art collection into a contemporary design studio that champions the traditional craft of scagliola in interiors, art and academia. Four Crowns’ lead artist will also be present during the lecture and available to answer any audience questions about their work and ideals.

The talks starts at 6.30pm, doors open from 6.15pm.

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(Monday) 6:30 pm


The Georgian Group

6 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia

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