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Designed to complement Introduction to Decorative Arts and Design, Part II: Architecture and Interiors, but also available to take as a "stand-alone," this five-day course traces the stylistic evolution of furniture, ceramics, glass, and metalwork in the context of European interiors and architecture between the late seventeenth century and the Second World War.

This course is suitable for all who seek to further their understanding of an extraordinarily rich and diverse field. Participants often include:

  • Undergraduates looking to complement their academic studies
  • Recent graduates looking to further their knowledge of the field prior to entering the art industry
  • Dealers in the European decorative arts looking to augment their existing expertise
  • Architects and interior decorators
  • Collectors of furniture, silver, glass, and/or ceramics

In addition to Institute-based lectures, participants will visit the world-famous decorative arts collections at:

  • The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • The Wallace Collection

At the end of the course, participants will have:

  • Gained a thorough grounding in the chronological development of styles, materials, techniques, and leading practitioners in the decorative arts in Europe
  • Learned to situate the decorative arts in the broader cultural and social trends of the periods between the seventeenth and early twentieth centuries
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Day Course: 10.00am-5.00pm
    Dates: June 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2019
    Venue: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.

    Enrollment for this course is now closed. Please write to if interested in our 2020 summer program.
  • Faculty


    Lis Bogdan: Faculty
    Lis Darby: Consultant Lecturer
    Helena Pickup: Consultant Lecturer
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    £1,350 (£1,250 if booked by 13 May, 2019).

    Click here to read Terms and Conditions.

    A special discount is available to participants enrolling on Introduction to Decorative Arts and Design, Parts I and II. Please contact Jessica Foyle, Public Programmes Coordinator, for further details.

    Payment by credit or debit card only. If you prefer to pay by wire transfer or cheque, please email the contact person listed on the course.
  • Course Timetable

    Course Timetable

    Click here to download the course timetable.
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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    Jessica Foyle, Public Programmes Coordinator
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7462 3239 or

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