The Famous Women Dinner Service

Charleston’s campaign to acquire Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell’s Famous Women Dinner Service is now complete.

Thanks to major grants from National Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund and to generous donations from individual donors, we have been able to return this important work to its rightful home.

The Famous Women Dinner Service will be on public display at Charleston from June 2019.

Until recently, the Famous Women Dinner Service has been in private ownership following its commission in 1932. It was inherited by Lord Clark’s second wife Nolwen de Janzé-Rice after his death in 1983, and she took the service to her home in France.

On her death, the service was sold at auction in Germany and its location remained unknown until it was purchased by a private collector and returned to England.

Images courtesy of Piano Nobile (Robert Travers Works of Art Limited)


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