Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth

Lecturer in French Decorative Arts


Dr Caroline McCaffrey-HowarthDr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth is an art historian who has lectured and published widely on decorative art, the history of collecting, and the art market. Originally from Ireland, Caroline read Art History with French at the University of St Andrews, later completing a Masters (Distinction) in Decorative Arts with Historic Interiors at the University of Buckingham and a fully-funded Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD from the University of Leeds. Her doctoral thesis focused on ‘Sèvres-mania’ and the histories of collecting Sèvres porcelain in Britain after the French Revolution.

Caroline also works as a Visiting Lecturer and Postgraduate Tutor on the History of Design Masters at the V&A Museum with the Royal College of Art, and is a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds. In Spring 2017 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Winterthur Museum with University of Delaware where she authenticated their collection of French porcelain, and in Summer 2018 was awarded a full scholarship to attend the prestigious three-week Attingham Trust Summer School. Previously Caroline worked as a Curator for The Chitra Collection, where she curated an exhibition on ‘Tea, Art and History’ in the National Museum of Kazakhstan from July-October 2015. Caroline is a Chair for the Association for Art History, a founding Board Member of the Society for the History of Collecting and a Board Member of the French Porcelain Society.

Select publications

  • Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, ‘Potty Propaganda or History in the Making?’ Pots, Prints and Politics, British Museum Research Publications, London, forthcoming Spring 2020, ed., Patricia Ferguson.
  • Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, ‘Visual Representations in 19th Century Furniture’ for The Cultural History of Furniture, Bloomsbury Academic Press, forthcoming September 2019, ed., Dr. Christina Anderson.
  • Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, ‘Agnew’s’, ‘Smith London Art Dealers’, ‘Frost & Reed’, ‘Victor Waddington Galleries’, ‘Taylor Art Galleries’, and ‘Albert Maurice Bender’, The Art Market Dictionary, De Gruyter Academic Press, ed., Dr. Johannes Nathan, 2019.
  • Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, ‘Reclaiming her Scandalous Past: The Sèvres Collection of Lady Dorothy Nevill,’ French Porcelain Society Journal, VII, November 2018, pp.203-226.
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