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Folded Beauty: Masterpieces in Linen by Joan Sallas
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The Holburne will host an exhibition of elaborately folded napkins and linen made by Joan Sallas after Renaissance and Baroque patterns. This will be the first time that such an exhibition has been held in the UK and the first time that Sallas has worked here.

Joan Sallas is the world’s leading authority on historic linen folding and a virtuoso folder. Based on meticulous research of court etiquette, he has almost singlehandedly revived the extraordinary art that first appeared in Renaissance Italy but reached its zenith in German speaking lands in the 17th century. Sallas has exhibited across Europe and USA, but never the UK. This will be the first time and a rare opportunity for UK visitors to see this remarkable and spectacular art-form from a highly-skilled and passionate artist.

In January 2013 Sallas and his assistant will work on site to create a 1.5m high table fountain flanked by heraldic beasts, a 3m long snake and numerous animals, vegetables and architectural features – all original designs that would have graced the tables of courts and those of high-society across Europe. There will be opportunities for groups to meet the artist and to take part in hands-on have lessons to learn how these magnificent constructions are made.

These elaborate and exceptional constructions will be shown in the Holburne’s grand 7.5m long table display in the Ballroom Gallery amongst the Museum’s decorative arts collection. Located in this beautiful space the scale of the linen creations will vividly recreate the drama of the dining experience in the Baroque age and will relate to our sixteenth and seventeenth-century ceramics and silver.

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In Partnership with Waddesdon, Nr Aylesbury, Bucks, who will host the exhibition Folded Beauty:Masterpieces in Linen by Joan Sallas from 22 May to 27 October 2013. For further information please visit the website or telephone 01296 653226.

Sponsored by
The Stephen Clark 1957 Charitable Trust


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