Antiques and Czech Glass

Thursday 13 June 2019

This Study Day Antiques and Czech Glass, by Mark Hill, will be held at Fylde Rugby Club, Lytham St Annes on 13 June 2019. The day will comprise two lectures and a two course sit down lunch. Cost per person is £35.

Lecture 1: Undressing Antiques provides a persuasive introduction to buying antiques and integrating and using them in today’s homes. The state of the antiques market and the different meanings of the word value are considered, and we take a look at what current and future generations of collectors are buying, why they are buying it and how they are displaying it.

Lecture 2: Legends of Czech Glass. The 1950s–70s saw a renaissance in Czech glass design that re-established the Bohemian region’s global reputation in this area. From behind the Iron Curtain, skilled designers pushed the boundaries of 20th century glass design and produced unique art glass masterpieces that went on to inspire visually stunning, highly innovative and commercial ranges. Despite this, the designers responsible were rarely named. Until today, the designs they produced have been typically forgotten or misattributed. This lecture reveals the work of seven influential designers across cut, blown and pressed glass, and considers the economic and political context that affected it.

Lecturer Mark Hill studied History of Art & Architecture (BA Hons), and began his career as a porter and Junior Cataloguer at Bonhams, before moving to Sotheby’s where he was a Specialist in the Collectors’ Department. Became director of an internet company forming and running a ground-breaking deal with eBay Live Auctions. Was co-author of the internationally published Collectables Price Guide with Judith Miller from 2002-17. Founded his own publishing company in 2005 and has since published over 12 books on specialist subjects in 20th century design and decorative arts. A Miscellaneous expert on the Antiques Roadshow since 2007, and has co-presented three primetime factual TV series on antiques and collecting for BBC2. An auctioneer running 20th century design auctions in partnership with Dawsons Auctioneers. Has lectured across the world, including at the V&A in London, and contributed to many newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programmes. A Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and a Freeman of the City of London.

Programme for the day:

  • 10.00 am – 10.45 am Coffee
  • 11.00 am – 12.15 pm First lecture
  • 12.30 pm Two Course Sit Down Lunch
  • 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Second Lecture
  • 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm Any Questions


The lunch menu is as follows:

Herb Crusted Salmon or Goats Cheese Tartlet with Beetroot & Passion Fruit (vegetarian) – both choices are served with a variety of summer inspired salads and hot new potatoes.

The dessert choices are Eton Mess or Ice Cream.

Booking forms will be available at the April, May and June 2019 lectures. You can also download and print a booking form here – please either post (address on form) it or hand it in at the lecture, together with your cheque/cash.



Caption: Figurines by Jacob Ungerer: Gardener Girl with Dog, Goose Girl, Lady with Cat, 1902