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Melody Rose launches new Hogarth collection for Sir John Soane Museum

Melody Rose collaborates with Sir John Soane’s Museum

A new collection of paintings and engravings by William Hogarth (1697-1764) will open at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London on 9th October, entitled ‘Hogarth: Place and Progress’. To accompany the exhibition, Design-Nation member Melody Rose was invited to create a range of fine bone china pieces which will be available to buy in the Museum’s shop and online.

William Hogarth is one of the most important British artists of the 18th Century. His observations as a satirist and his skill as an artist saw him achieve fame during his lifetime, maintaining a clientele of powerful and wealthy patrons. After his death his works were much sought after by later collectors such as Sir John Soane, who acquired two major series, ‘A Rake’s Progress’ in 1802 and ‘Humours of an Election’ in 1823, as well as a volume of Hogarth’s collected engravings.

Melody Rose is an award winning brand known for high quality, contemporary bone china tableware and homeware with an elegant twist. It was founded in 2011 by designer Melanie Roseveare. Melody Rose has previously created bespoke collections for clients such as The Hepworth and The Wallace Collection as well as working on projects for restaurants, boutique hotels and private customers.

Melanie is delighted with this new collaboration: “It was a real pleasure to be invited to create a collection to accompany the upcoming Hogarth: Place and Progress exhibition. The Sir John Soane’s Museum is such an inspirational place.

For the collaboration we chose ‘A Rake’s Progress’.  It’s not only a renowned work of art and social commentary but its cautionary tale still holds the same fascination, importance and relevance today. By deconstructing the paintings we are able to follow the story of several central characters to highlight moments of particular scandal and tears. Of course it’s not all doom and gloom, there’s vice, humour and playfulness in the work which I felt fit in well with the Melody Rose signature style and we are able to bring a contemporary feel to the work.”

The collection is available through the Museum’s online shop  and from the Melody Rose website.

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