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Wolf Burchard

Wolf Burchard is an art and architectural historian, and specialist on 17th and 18th century royal patronage. He is the National Trust’s Furniture Research Curator and was Curatorial Assistant at the Royal Collection Trust from 2009 to 2014 where he assisted Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures, in curating The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy, 1714-1760 at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, commemorating the tercentenary of George I’s accession to the British Throne. He studied history of art and architecture at the universities of Tübingen, Vienna and the Courtauld Institute of Art, from which he holds an MA and PhD. He publishes and regularly lectures on the art and architectural patronage at the British, French and German courts; he is a Trustee of the Georgian Group and a member of the Events Committee and Editorial Panel of the Furniture History Society.

Recent and forthcoming publications (selection)
The Sovereign Artist: Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV, Paul Holberton Publishing, London 2016

‘The British Embassy at Palais Starhemberg: Ambassadorial Furniture from the Congress of Vienna at Mount Stewart’ (with Christopher Rowell, National Trust), Furniture History LII (2017; forthcoming)

‘The German Princesses as British Patrons’ (with Kathryn Jones, Royal Collection Trust) in Joanna Marschner (ed.), Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta and Charlotte and the Shaping of Modern Britain (ex. cat.), Yale University Press, New Haven and London 2017, pp. 109-131.

‘Les décors tissés de Charles Le Brun: Les Gobelins et la Savonnerie’ in Catherine Cardinal et Laurence Riviale (eds), Décors de peintres : Invention et savoir-faire, XVIe-XXe siècles, Clermond-Ferrand 2016, pp. 171-86

‘Royal Remains’ (What’s the Point of Rebuilding Germany’s Palace), Apollo: The International Art Magazine CLXXXIII/640 (March 2016): 146-52.

‘Blinded By the Sun’, Apollo: The International Art Magazine CLXXXI/629 (March 2015): 160-4, followed by a monthly internet blog marking the tercentenary of the death of Louis XIV

‘A Very Royal Perquisite: The eventful Life of George I's Coronation Throne’ (with Sebastian Edwards, Historic Royal Palaces), The Furniture History Society Newsletter 195 (August 2014): 5-9

‘Face to Face with the First Georgians’, The Georgian: The Magazine of The Georgian Group 1/2014 (2014): 4-8

‘Houses, Palaces and Gardens: The First Georgians and Architecture’ in Desmond Shawe-Taylor (ed.), The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy, 1714-1760 (ex. cat.), Royal Collection Publication, London 2014, pp. 52-87

‘Savonnerie reviewed: Charles Le Brun and the grand tapis de pied d’ouvrage à la turque woven for the Grande Galerie at the Louvre’, Furniture History XLVIII (2012): 1-43

‘St James’s Palace: George II’s and Queen Caroline’s Principal London Residence’, The Court Historian 16,2 (December 2011): 177-203

‘Illusion and Involvement: the lost Baroque architecture of St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle’, Immediations: The Courtauld Institute of Art Journal of Postgraduate Research 2,4 (2011): 98-119

Recent talks, lectures and conference papers

‘Revisiting the King’s Visit: Charles Le Brun’s Visite du roy aux Gobelins’ held at a conference organised by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, entitled Apollo & Arachne: Tapestries of Louis XIV on 24 January 2016

‘The King’s Brand: Charles Le Brun and the Making of the Style Louis Quatorze’ held at a conference organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, entitled Lambrequins and Luxury: Ornament in the Time of Louis XIV and Beyond on 5 December 2015

‘Production et consommation: les Gobelins et le Garde-Meuble de la Couronne sous le «règne» de Charles Le Brun’ held at the Mobilier national, Paris, on 27 January 2015

‘“The Spirit of the English Nation”: The architectural Legacy of George I and George II’ held at the Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, on 27 May 2014

‘Where is Hanover? The artistic and dynastic roots of George I and George II’ held at the Enlightened Monarchs: Art at Court in the Eighteenth-Century symposium organised by Royal Collection Trust, the Wallace Collection and the Society for Court Studies on 7 May 2014

‘Architects of Cabinets: Charles Le Brun and Domenico Cucci at the Gobelins’ held at the Furniture History Society’s second Research Seminar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York on 3 February 2014