The West Coast Chapter of the Society for the History of Collecting

invites members to a special curatorial tour of the exhibition:

Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts

Friday, 27 January 2023 at 1:00 pm PST

Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

San Marino, CA

Registration for this event is reserved for members.

Non-members will need to join the Society before registering. 

Attributed to Etienne-Maurice Falconet (French, 1716–1791), Sèvres Manufactory (French, founded 1740), Tower vase with cover, ca. 1762. Soft-paste porcelain, overglaze pink and blue colors, polychrome enamel decoration, and gilding, 20-1/2 x 9 x 9 in. (52.1 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm). The Arabella D. Huntington Memorial Art Collection. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

The international traveling exhibition “Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts” explores the early inspirations behind Disney Studios’ creations, examining Walt Disney’s fascination with European art and the use of French motifs in Disney films and theme parks.

Approximately 50 works of 18th-century European decorative art and design, many of which are drawn from The Huntington’s significant collection, are featured alongside hand-drawn production artworks and works on paper from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, Walt Disney Archives, Walt Disney Imagineering Collection, and The Walt Disney Family Museum.

We will be led by Dr. Melinda McCurdy, Curator at The Huntington and member of the Steering Committee for the West Coast chapter.

The event is free and includes access to the Huntington’s other galleries and gardens. Capacity is limited. Once the event is full the reservation will be closed. Please RSVP by January 20th.

If you haven’t already, please access the membership portal on WildApricot: Here you can join the Society and register for all events organized by the SHC.

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