Lucie ChopardPhD candidate (Paris, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Art History)
Lucie Chopard is currently completing a Ph.D. thesis on the history of Ernest Grandidier’s collection of Chinese porcelains and its presentation to the Louvre between 1895 and 1912.
The Grandidier Collection and Sir Percival David: Rediscoveries
Nowadays, Sir Percival David (1892-1964) is a well-known collector and scholar. His visits to the Grandidier collection at the Louvre museum during the 1930’s, on the contrary, are so far unstudied. Looking at new materials, both in archives and in French accounts, Lucie Chopard will describe Sir Percival David’s visits to the Louvre and will study the impact of these visits on the collection itself. Assembled during the nineteenth-century, the objects of the Grandidier collection seemed quite old-fashioned to collectors of the first half of the twentieth-century. Sir Percival David offered new datings and new identifications of pieces in the collection, especially Ming and pre-Ming porcelains. His contributions were important in the rediscovery of ancient Chinese porcelain in France.
This lecture is kindly sponsored by Lyon & Turnbull.