The world’s leading expert on enamel-on-metal artwork will speak in Rancho Mirage today about a collection amassed by the late Ambassador Walter Annenberg and his wife.
Beatrice Quette, a scholar on the art of cloisonne — the technique of applying colored enamels to metal — will discuss the collection at 2 p.m. at the Rancho Mirage Public Library, library spokeswoman Susan Cook said.
Admission to the talk, “Chinese Cloisonne Splendor at Sunnylands,” is free.
Quette, head of education at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, will speak about the art and use of cloisonne and describe the Annenberg collection, kept at the family’s Sunnylands estate. It includes furniture, vessels and decorative figures.
Quette is considered the world’s leading cloisonne scholar, Cook said.
The collection will be on display at Sunnylands through December.
The Annenbergs started buying cloisonne in 1966, as the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage was being finished. Most of the 35 pieces in the collection were acquired from London galleries while the Annenbergs lived in London between 1969 and 1974, Cook said.
Seating for the lecture is first come, first served.