Selected Writings

Here are a few articles which I have published over the years, some of which may not be readily available elsewhere online.

William Beckford’s purchases of Savonnerie carpets and Sèvres porcelain plates during the Revolution

WHITEHEAD – SOME PURCHASES BY WILLIAM BECKFORD

This lecture given at the International Ceramics Fair in 1992 was intended to explain the importance of the Paris marchands-merciers over the factory’s output.

 

For the volume of articles published in memory of Elisalex d’Albis in 1999 I wrote a piece retracing the work of the Viennese porcelain painter Georg Lamprecht. This was to lead to a number of pieces of his beautiful painting reappearing on the market.

LAMPRECHT

Although David Peters has written the definitive account of the production of the Sèvres Arabesque service, the source of its decoration had not been studied, so I gave this as a lecture at the French Porcelain Society symposium in honour of Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue in 2007.WHITEHEAD – ARABESQUE SERVICE

WHITEHEAD – ARABESQUE SERVICE

The pair of magnificent biscuit groups of La Rosière and Le Bon Vieillard recently acquired by the Sèvres Museum was a pretext for a consideration of the origins of the subject, and it was a pleasure to be able to link them to Jean-Baptiste Elie de Beaumont’s Fête at the château de Canon in Normandy.

WHITEHEAD – FETE DES BONNES GENS

Weisweiler’s magnificent Japanese lacquer secretaire for Louis XVI and writing table for Marie-Antoinette are decorated with panels taken from an export lacquer close stool of the 1630s.

WHITEHEAD – ROYAL FURNITURE JAPANESE LACQUER