San Francisco Ceramic Circle Illustrated Lecture 



Dr. Christopher L. Maxwell


Curator of European Glass at Corning Museum

Christopher Maxwell
Photo from "The Edible Eighteenth Century"



10:00AM Sunday, February 25, 2018
Florence Gould Theater,
Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, San Francisco
Enter from the main entrance.
Doors open from 10:00 AM.
SFCC lectures are complimentary for Museum visitors

About the Talk

In conjunction with the Casanova exhibition at the Legion of Honor, the lecture will discuss the design and function of 18th-century tableware. 

It will address the shift of formal dining from daylight hours to artificially lit darkness. 

That change affected the design of table articles, and the relationship between ceramics and other media.


About the Speaker

Dr. Christopher L. Maxwell worked on the redevelopment of the ceramics and glass galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum,

with a special focus on 18th-century French porcelain. 

He also wrote the V&A’s handbook Eighteenth-Century French Porcelain (V&A Publications, 2010). 

From 2010 to 2016 he worked with 18th-century decorative arts at the Royal Collections. 

He has been Curator of European Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass since 2016. 

Dr. Maxwell is developing an exhibition proposal on the experience of light and reflectivity in 18th-century European social life.



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