Old York’s popular winter lecture and dinner series, History. . . with a side of soup! kicks off with historian and Wedgwood collector, Adele Ierubino Barnett.
The name “Josiah Wedgwood” evokes images of fine tableware and neoclassical artifacts, and brings to mind England’s most famous potter. But there is far more to the Wedgwood story. Historian and Wedgwood collector, Adele Barnett, talks about the connections between Wedgwood and America—with a focus on New England—from the 18th century to the present. She discusses not only how Wedgwood marked his place in history, but reveals his political and personal sympathies during the period of America’s revolution. She precedes this with a brief overview of the wide range of wares that have been produced during the company’s 260 years, illustrating what has made the Wedgwood pottery so distinguished.
Adele Ierubino Barnett began her journey into the world of this iconic English pottery in 1969, and assembled an enviable collection that once numbered more than 5,000 pieces. Originally from Boston, she served as president of the Wedgwood Society of Boston, before she and her husband landed in Virginia where they founded the Wedgwood Society of Washington, D.C. She has written numerous articles, and served as the editor of the bimonthly “Capital Wedgwoodian” newsletter for 17 years. Adele has lectured widely on the subject, and guest-curated a variety of Wedgwood exhibitions. She also trades in Wedgwood wares and provides identification information, and informal appraisals of Wedgwood objects. In 2017, the Barnetts retired to York, Maine.
The lecture is followed immediately by a simple supper of soup and bread in Jefferds Tavern. Attendees are welcome to bring their own wine or beer.
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