Antiques Roadshow star talks China at Leicester Study Day

Posted by er134 at Jul 15, 2013 11:47 AM |
TV personality and ceramics expert Lars Tharp to give talks on ‘The Stillness of a Chinese Jar’ at Lamport Hall on Friday 19 July

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 15 July 2013

Lars Tharp will give three talks on the changing values of breath-taking Chinese porcelain—once the preserve of the imperial elite, now subject of waves of “China mania” among collectors and enthusiasts. Prices rise and fall with fashions, but is this down to “supply and demand”, changing tastes or age-old views on art and beauty?

Lars will give a trio of talks on Friday 19 July, two in the morning and one in the afternoon. The first two lectures will explore the elements that constitute “Value” in the field of ceramics, while the third invites participants to view and discuss ceramics from China and beyond.

Phillip Lindley, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Country House said: “Lars is a brilliant speaker and wonderful entertainer and I'm absolutely certain this will be a memorable and hugely enjoyable study day.

“Interest in the talks has so far been huge, with seats selling out very quickly, so it’s important to book your place now.”

Lars, celebrating his 28th Antiques Roadshow season, is fresh from a lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand and the filming of a new TV series, ‘China in Six Easy Pieces’, in which he looks at over a thousand years of porcelain, made for Chinese and mainly imperial enjoyment.

Lars said: “This is an immersion in aspects of Chinese culture, as reflected in clay.

“Given privileged access to the legendary Percival David Collection -thanks to the PD and BM trustees- we are the first to film highlights from this fabulous collection, comprising pieces very different to those exported to Europe.”

Lars Tharp speaks and broadcasts around the world, has curated scores of exhibitions and established his own company, Lars Tharp Ltd. He is one of the longest running experts on Antiques Roadshow, having served on the programme since 1986.

The event will be held at Lamport Hall on Friday 19 Jul, 10:00-3:00pm, tickets cost £40.

For more information about the event and to book tickets visit: or telephone 01604 686272.


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