Lecture: Women Dealers and Collectors of Japanese Art

September 15 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's a fascinating sounding lecture. The Society for the History of Collecting are broadcasting a lecture by Professor Elizabeth Emery on the subject of Women Dealers and Collectors of Japanese Art in Nineteenth-Century Paris.

As their blurb explains:

Museums, libraries, and web sites celebrate the names of Philippe Sichel, Siegfried Bing, and Hayashi Tadamasa as “great dealers of Japanese art” and present them as the pioneers of the nascent Japan trade in France. In contrast, the names of Louise Chopin Desoye, Marie Antoinette Schlotterer Malinet, and Florine Ebstein Langweil have been largely lost to history, even when they informed and complemented the work of these better-known men. This lecture uses newly discovered archival material to emphasize the participation of women in the nineteenth-century Paris market for Japanese antiquities. It will raise questions about the socio-economic structures and stereotypes that have led to their disappearance and strategies for recovering their histories.

The lecture will be broadcast on Monday 21st September 2020 at 5.30pm (BST).

The society's website explains that 'all are welcome' to the lecture (registration required), but non-members will not be able to participate in the AGM afterwards.

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