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Boston Chapter: The Secret History of Tablescapes

Boston Chapter

Thursday, April 25, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Join the Boston Chapter, in partnership with D. Brenton Simons and the New England Historic Genealogical Society, for a lecture and dinner at The Somerset Club, courtesy of Mr. Thomas W. Thaler.

6:00pm – Champagne apéritifs in the library

6:45pm – Lecture in the Sears Room

7:30pm – Dinner

To register, please print and return the completed Response Form, or use the dropdown menu below. You can also call the FHS New York Office at 212-759-6846, ext. 201 to register by phone.

Boston Chapter Tablescape Lecture and Dinner


Baron Hubert de Vinols, the renowned French decorator, interior architect and restorer of châteaux and castles across Europe, is an authority on the French L’Art de Reçevoir – the art of receiving or hosting. His remarkable collection of more than 7,000 pieces of fine antique china, silver and glassware has been built over three decades and through inheritances of magnificent eighteenth- and nineteenth- century tableware from his family domiciled in Paris, Auvergne and the Loire valley. This unprecedented collection fuels his passion for creating extraordinary table settings and for hosting grand luncheon and dinner parties.

In his lecture, Vinols will shine a light on the history of table setting protocols, the subtle differences in style – past and present – between European countries. He will speak to the grandeur and opulence of historically important parties of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and their legendary hosts and hostesses. He will also share lesser-known and often-surprising protocols, the “dos” and “don’ts” of yesterday, and today. Finally, Hubert will talk about his own family legacy of entertaining including his collection of historic hand-written menus showing the names of well-known society guests.

Revealing the stories behind his current research and work, including the launch of Tables d’exception, Vinols will pose for us an important and timely question, Does today’s trend towards uniformity and minimalism and ‘fast everything’ come at the expense of elegance, refinement and beauty?


Thursday, April 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Somerset Club
42 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108 United States
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