Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth


I am an art historian who has lectured widely on decorative art, the history of collecting, and the art market. Originally from Ireland, I 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 with The Wallace Collection and a fully-funded Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD from the University of Leeds. My doctoral thesis focused on 'Sevres-mania’ and the histories of collecting Sevres porcelain after the French Revolution.

A Teaching Fellow in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, I run undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the art market, dealers, decorative art, museum studies, and the history of museums. I act as a Personal Tutor and a Dissertation Supervisor for UG and MA students. I also work as a Lecturer on the Decorative Arts Masters at The Wallace Collection with University of Buckingham and I am a Visiting Lecturer and Postgraduate Tutor on the History of Design Masters at the V&A Museum with the Royal College of Art, where I run a historiographical course on the Design and Material Culture of the British Country House.

In Spring 2017 I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Winterthur Museum with University of Delaware where I authenticated their collection of French porcelain, and in Summer 2018 I was awarded a full scholarship to attend the prestigious three-week Attingham Trust Summer School. I previously worked as a Curator for The Chitra Collection. I am 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.

Research interests

I am an art historian working on the histories of collecting, designing and displaying European decorative arts and sculpture (1650–1900) and I am particularly interested in the intersections between these two categories of design. My work considers how networks of designers, collectors, dealers and agents interacted with each other through object and knowledge exchange, producing new forms of historical discourse.


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, Vol.VII, November 2018, pp.203-226.

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