Conferences & Workshops 2016-2011


The Art Market, Collectors and Agents: Then and Now

Thursday 20 and Friday 21 October 2016 

Salle Vasari, INHA,  2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris 

The focus of the conference is to explore the changing and complex nature of the role of agent in the art market during the Modern Period. Papers will explore shifts in the dynamics of the market, the changing taste of collectors and the importance of writers, critics, museum curators and dealers in influencing these changes. The papers demonstrate how examining the role of agents through their correspondence with clients, day books or private records, brings new insights into the workings of the art world through the detailed evidence of the negotiation of transactions.

9.30        Registration                                                                                  10.00     Welcome 

10.10      Dr. Olivier Bonfait, Professor of Art History, University of Bourgogne. (in French)

                Le marché de l’art À Paris 1700-1800 : recherches passées et pistes d’enquêtes

10.45 Session one: The artist and writer as agents

10.45 Tamsin Foulkes, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Nottingham 

            James Thornhill as an agent-collector in early eighteenth-century Paris

11:15  Dr. Corina Meyer, Institute of Art History, University of Stuttgart 

           ‘To see once again the glorious picture by Moretto before it is forever lost for Rome’:  Johann David 

            Marià Manent ou le poète qui est devenu marchand: de Barcelone à New York

 12.15 Alice Ensabella, Ph.D. Candidate, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble

           Promoting Themselves. Strategies and dynamics of early Surrealism’s art market.

12.45 lunch 

14.00  Session two: The Agent and the Collector

14.00 Dr. Madeleine Fidell Beaufort, independent scholar, Paris

            Samuel P. Avery and the emerging American art market of the late nineteenth century 

14.30 Dr. Louise Arizzoli, University of Mississippi (in French)

            Dealing with Allegories of the Four Parts of the World: James Hazen Hyde 1876-1959) and his


15.00 Mackenzie Mallon, The Nelson Atkins Museum.

            Laying the Foundation: Harold Woodbury Parsons and the Making of an American Museum

15.30  Break

16.00 Emanuele Sbardella, Ph.D. Candidate, Technische Universität Berlin

            The Numismatic Market under National Socialism, illustrated by the case study of the coin collection of Alexander Hauser 

16.30 Jamin An, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles

          New Art and ‘New Dealing’: Changing Conditions of Artistic Support, 1960s-70s

17.00 Closing remarks


10.00 Session three: Agents and Markets

10.00 Dr. Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting), National Gallery London

           Art Agents and the National Gallery during the Nineteenth Century

10.30 Dr. Tina Kosak, France Stele Institute of Art History, ZRC SAZU Ljubljana 

           Conquering New Art Markets: International Art Dealers and Local ‘Agents’ in Inner Austria in the Second Half of the 17th Century

11.30 Dr. Laura Popoviciu, Curator, Research & Information (Historical), Government Art Collection 

           Shaping the Taste of British Diplomats in 18th-Century Venice

12.00 Dr. Christine Howald, Technische Universität Berlin

            Chinese Art goes global:  Asian Actors and the 19th Century European Art Market   

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Session four: The dealer as agent

14.00  Dr. Renata Schellenberg, Mount Allison University, Sackville, Canada

             Commerce, Culture and Connoisseurship: The Emergence of the Art Dealer in 18th-Century Germany

14.30 Dr. Frances Suzman Jowell, independent scholar

            ‘Çe n’est pas ma faute si, dans toutes les collections, les hollandais priment tout’: Thoré-Bürger’s promotion of 17th century Dutch paintings in the Parisian art market of the 1860s

15.00 Pamella Guerdat, PhD. candidate, Institute for Art History & Museology Université de Neuchâtel (in French)

René Gimpel (1881-1945) et le modèle du musée américain : De la théorie au don

15.30 Camille Mesdagh, PhD. candidate, Sorbonne, Paris IV: (in French)

Alfred Beurdeley (1808-1882), a dealer in curiosities and his network / Le réseau  commercial d’un marchand de curiosités : l’example d’Alfred Beurdeley (1808-1882)

16.45 Keynote speech: Dr. Julie Verlaine, Paris IV (in French)

  Du marchand d’art au galeriste : l’itinéraire de Daniel Templon et 50 ans évolution du marché de l’art occidental

17.30 Closing remarks

The conference is organised by A. Turpin & Dr. Susan Bracken, Seminar on Collecting & Display London and Dr. Stéphane Castelluccio and Dr. Mickaël Szanto, Centre André Chastel, CNRS – Université Paris SorbonneWe would like to thank the INHA for hosting the event & IESA for its sponsorship

Collecting and Display Conference, Wednesday 13 July, 2016

The Art Market, Collectors and Agents: Then and Now


10.00 Registration and Coffee

10.15 Introduction

10.30 Annemarie Jordan Gschwend:  Statesman, Art Agent and Connoisseur:  Hans Kevenhüller, Imperial Ambassador at the Court of Philip II of Spain

11.00 Taryn Marie Zarrillo: Marco Boschini and Paolo del Sera: Art Dealers, Advisors and Associates in Seicento Venice

11.30 Michael Wenzel:  Sales strategies of Philipp Hainhofer’s art cabinets: the self-marketing of artworks in early seventeenth-century Germany

12.00 Sandra van Ginhoven:  The Business Strategies of Guilliam Forchondt’s Art Dealership in Antwerp (1643-1678)

12.30  Ulf R. Hansson:  “An Oracle for Collectors”: Philipp von Stosch and the Collecting and Dealing in Antiquities in Early Eighteenth-Century Rome and Florence

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00  Maria Celeste Cola: Scottish agents in Rome in the eighteenth century: the case of Peter Grant

14.30  Christine Godfroy-Gallardo: “Establishing honest trading relationships : the Guillaume Martin case”

15.00 Robert Skwirblies:  Edward Solly, Felice Cartoni and their purchases of paintings:  a “milord” and his “commissioner” creating a transnational network of dealers c. 1820

15.30 Lukas Fuchsgruber:  Otto Mündler, 9 rue Laval, Paris

16.00  Lynn Catterson:  The Mysterious Maurice de Bosdari, a would-be agent of Stefano Bardini

16.30-17.00 Tea

17.30 Julie Codell:  Agent-Scholar Martin Birnbaum (1878-1970):  Modernizing the Agent

18.00 Nicola Foster:  The case of Uli Sigg: Collector, Agent, Advisor and Promoter of Contemporary Chinese Art                                                                                                                          

18.30 Keynote – Sophie Raux:  Mapping the agents of the art market in early modern Europe : an experimental research database

19.15 Reception


No Conferences or Workshops for this year.


The Collector and his Circle


A two-day workshop at the Institute of Historical Research and The Wallace Collection 

Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 July 2014 


Tuesday 1 July at the Institute of Historical Research

10.25. Welcome from Adriana Turpin, IESA/University of Warwick

The early 18th century 

10.30 Charles Avery, Historian of Sculpture and Independent Fine Art Consultant, ‘The sculptor Soldani and the marketing of Baldinucci’s collection of paintings’

11.00 Christophe Guillouet, PhD candidate, Université Paris IV Sorbonne, ‘Genre painting in the circles of Parisian collectors’

11.30 Franny Brock, PhD candidate, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ‘‘‘Chez Monsieur Huquier’’: the role of Gabriel Huquier’s collection in interactions among artists, dealers, and collectors’

The role of the print market 

12.00 Donato Esposito, independent scholar, Birmingham, ‘Charles Rogers (1711-1784) and his circle’

12.30 Lucy Peltz, Curator, 18th Century Collections, National Portrait Gallery, London, ‘‘‘Brother Chalcographimanians’’: extra-illustration, the Sutherland Clarendon and the print market c. 1790-1840’

13.00 – 14.10 LUNCH 

The collector and his advisors in the early 19th century 

14.15 Sarah Bakkali, PhD candidate, Université Paris X Nanterre, ‘John Trumbull’s “speculative” adventure: circles of collecting between Paris and London during the French Revolution’

14.45 Rufus Bird, Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art, Royal Collections Trust, ‘The Prince and the pâtissier: François Benois’ acquisitions in Paris for the Prince Regent’

15.15 Susanna Avery-Quash, Research Curator (History of Collecting), National Gallery, London, ‘John Julius Angerstein: an 18th-century London financier and his circle of art advisers’

15.45 Rebecca Lyons, Senior Lecturer, Christie’s Education, London, and PhD candidate, University of Cambridge:  ‘Connoisseurship and commerce:  the relationship between the Prince Regent and the 3rd Marquess of Hertford’

Late 19th-century collecting

16.45 Dora Thornton, Curator of the Waddesdon Bequest and Curator of Renaissance Europe, The British Museum, ‘Baron Ferdinand Rothschild and the Waddesdon Bequest in the British Museum: a new look’

17.15 Elena Greer, Collaborative Doctoral Award candidate, The National Gallery, London/The University of Nottingham, ‘Sir Frederic Burton and his Trustees: the politics of collecting for the nation in the late nineteenth century’

17.45 – 18.00 Closing remarks

18.00 Reception

Wednesday 2 July at the Wallace Collection: 

09.55 Welcome from Christoph Vogtherr, Director, The Wallace Collection

10.00 Jeremy Warren, Collections and Academic Director, The Wallace Collection, ‘Patrons and collectors: new acquisitions for the history of collecting at the Wallace Collection’

Curators, antiquarians and archaeologists

10.30 Judy Rudoe, Curator, Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory, The British Museum, ‘The role of a remarkable curator: letters from Justus Brinckmann to Charles Hercules Read’

11.00 Elizabeth Norton, Collaborative Doctoral Award Student, The University of Southampton and The British Museum, ‘Polished axes: viewing networks behind the construction of prehistory at the British Museum’

11.30 Francesca de Tomasi, PhD candidate, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, ‘The Archeologia Mondana and its protagonists in late nineteenth-century Rome’

12.00 Ulf  R. Hansson, Research Fellow, Department of Classics, The University of Texas at Austin, ‘Adolf Furtwängler and the culture of professional and amateur collecting in Munich around the turn of the century 1900’

12.30 – 13.55. LUNCH 

Artists and collectors

14.00 Annalea Tunesi, PhD candidate, University of Leeds, ‘Stefano Bardini and Riccardo Nobili’

14.30 Patricia de Montfort, Lecturer in History of Art, University of Glasgow, ‘Collecting women’s works: Louise Jopling, the Rothschilds and their circle’

15.00 Annie Pfiefer, PhD candidate, Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University, “‘The American Invasion”: Henry James and the collecting of Europe’

16.00 Keynote address: Frank Herrmann, independent scholar and author of The English as Collectors, ‘Lady Charlotte Schreiber: a truly remarkable woman’

16.30 Round table and concluding remark

Collecting & Display in collaboration with Schwabenakademie, Kloster Irsee present 

Collecting Prints & Drawings

based on the idea of Angela M. Opel

13-15 June 2014

Organised by Andrea M. Gáldy   Sylvia Heudecker   Angela M. Opel 

Cabinets of prints and drawings belong to the earliest art collections of Early Modern Europe. From the sixteenth century onwards some of them acquired such fame that the necessity for an ordered and scientific display meant that sometimes a dedicated keeper was employed to ensure that fellow enthusiasts as well as visiting diplomats, courtiers and also artists might have access to the print room. Often collected and displayed together with drawings, the prints formed a substantial part of princely collections which sometimes achieved astounding longevity as a specialised group of collectibles, for example in the case of the Florentine Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe at the Uffizi (GDSU).

Prints and drawings, both bought and commissioned, were collected by princes and by private amateurs. Like the rest of their collections, the prints and drawings were usually preserved and displayed as part of or near the owner’s library in close proximity to scientific instruments, cut gems or small sculptural works of art. Both prints and drawings not only documented an encyclopaedic approach to the knowledge available at the time but also depicted parts of the collections in the form of a paper museum. Prints and drawings also served as a guide to the collections. They spread its fame, and with it the renown of its owner, across Europe and into new worlds of collecting East and West.

The topics of our conference include but are not limited to the exploration of questions such as: when, how and why did cabinets of prints and drawings become a specialised part of princely and private collections? How important were collections of prints and drawings for the self-representation of a prince or connoisseur among specialists and social peers? Is the presentation of a picture hang in a gallery, for example by Charles Eisen for the Royal Galleries at Dresden, by Nicholas de Pigage for Dusseldorf (prints) or the von dem Knesebeck projects for Schwerin Castle (drawings),* to be treated as documentary evidence? In how far do we find art historical approaches of systematisation or aesthetic concepts realised within the collections? Are there notable differences in the approach to collecting, presentation and preservation of prints and drawings in diverse parts of the world? What was the afterlife of such collections? What is the interest of institutions in pursuing the activities of art collecting and sponsorship today (banks, industry, foundations, universities)? 

Andrea M. Gáldy   Sylvia Heudecker   Angela M. Opel

*See Collecting and the Princely Apartment, edited by Susan Bracken, Andrea M. Gáldy and Adriana Turpin. Newcastle: CSP, 2011.

 Preliminary Programme (may be subject to change): 

Friday p.m.: speakers and delegates meet at the Graphische Sammlung München

After a visit to the collections, we shall travel to Kloster Irsee for registration, occupation of rooms


Public lecture [or a first session of papers] tbc

Saturday (Kloster Irsee, all day): registration, academic papers, lunch and conference dinner

Sunday (Kloster Irsee, a.m.): academic papers, tbc

Late a.m. transport to Burg Trausnitz, Landshut visit of the castle and the Kunstkammer


No Conferences or Workshops for this year.



Organised by the working group on Collecting & Display and the Wallace Collection at THE INSTITUTE OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH, SENATE HOUSE, MALET ST. LONDON W1

FRIDAY 6 JULY 2012 9.30-5.00



9.45-11.30: Collecting in the 17th & 18th centuries:

Alexander Marr:  ‘The Flemish Pictures of Collections Genre’

Cristiano Guarneri:  Towards an Architectural History of Collecting in Early Modern Times

Adriana Turpin: The display of the Tribuna

Joe Friedman:  Newspapers as a documentary source for 18th-century studies (tbc)

11.30-11.50 Coffee break

12.00-13.15: Collecting paintings in the 19th century

Cassiope Sydoriak:  Taxonomic Taste:  Evaluating the Collecting Strategy of W.T.H. Fox-Strangways

Elodie Goessant:  In search of George Watson-Taylor, important but little-known figure of the History of Regency Collecting.

Nicola Pickering:  Creating le goût Rothschild: a network of Rothschild collectors

13.15-14.15 Lunch break

14.15-15.30 Collections and collectors

Martina Fusari:  Carlo Marochetti  as a Collector of Prints

Silvia Davoli:  Cernuschi and Leitner, comparative  linguistic issues during the 19th century and collecting middle eastern and far eastern art.

Victoria Kisselova:  The motives of Russian art collecting in the post-Communist era

15.30-15.50 Tea break

15.50-17.00 Networks and dealers

Mark Westgarth:  ‘A cruise through the brokers’: Wardour Street and the London Antique and Curiosity Markets in the mid 19th century.

Eunmin Lim:  Cataloguing Renaissance Bronzes:  the Significance of Murray Marks’s Connoisseurship in the Writing of Art’s History

Jeremy Howard:  A Masterly Old Master Dealer: Otto Gutekunst of Colnaghi’s and the American Collectors of the Gilded Age”

17.00-17.30 Round table discussion


please consult the website for updates on speakers and titles




In recent years, research has been undertaken by numerous academics in different departments and in a range of countries. Working groups have been set up to develop specific aspects of the art market, collecting and patronage, networks and court history. This workshop aims to bring together current research on some of these topics. Our aim is to concentrate on discussion and shared experiences in the six sessions proposed during these two days.


please consult the website for updates on speakers and titles

Friday, 8th July

Registration 13.00         Introduction 13.45

14.00-15.45 pm NETWORKS:  Chair: Arthur Macgregor.

 Koen Brosens – Organising, visualizing and analyzing network data in tapestry research/art history

Susanna Avery Quash – To buy or not to buy:  Sir Charles Eastlake, the National Gallery and a private collection

Miriam Hall Kirch – Collecting antiquities in Germany, c. 1550:  A case study

Frank Herrmann  –  Peel and Solly:  Two Nineteenth-Century Collectors and their Sources of Supply

Mercedes Ceron – Francis Douce (1757-1834):  an antiquarian collector of prints and his networks

Carly Collier – A Forgotten Collector of Early Italian Art: the Third Earl of Orford

16.00-17.30 DISPLAY :  Chair: Christoph Vogtherr. 

Susannah Brooke – Private Art Collections and London Town Houses 1780-1830

Lisa Hillier – Private collections in Bologna 1550-1620

Flaminia Gennari-Santori – Understanding “pastiches”: Vizcaya, Miami and the invention of an Italian style for an American audience, 1910 – 1920.

Monique Riccardi-Cubitt – Mario Praz 1896-1982:  L’Uomo Universale

Christine Baltay – Uncommon Curiosity:  Caravaggio’s Early Collectors

17.35-18.30  TASTE:  Chair: Susanna Avery Quash. 

Sylvain Cordier – The Fashionable, the Rare, the Curious:  the Notion of Styles in The Collection of Furniture in early 19th Century France and Britain

Laura-Maria Popoviciu – Do art treatises influence the activity of collecting?

Leah R. Clark – Gifts, Pawns and Replications:  Collection and Exchange in Quattrocento Courts

Rachel Parikh – Collecting Natural History in the Court of Jahangir

Reception at the IHR followed by dinner nearby

Saturday, 9th July

9.30-11.10 ART MARKETS:  Chair: Koen de Jonckheere.

Nathalie Moureau – Embeddedness in the Contemporary Art Market:  Art Values and Collectors

Filip Vermeylen – title tbc

Tom Hardwick – The Market for Egyptian antiquities at the turn of the 20th century –  people, prices and provenances

Benedicte Miyamoto-Pavot – Quantifying Pictures by Genre and Schools on the London Auction Market, 1767-1789

Juliet Claxton – The allegory of a China shop:  examining the commerce of porcelain in 17th century London.

Charlotte Vignon – The documents that tell all: how the Duveen Brothers succeeded in monopolizing the international art market between 1880 and 1940

11.15-12.45 SOCIOLOGY & NEW APPROACHES:  Chair: Susan Bracken.

Eva Rovers – Into the light, out of the obscure:  a new approach to collecting and its relevance to art history

Nick Tromans – Collecting Anonymously:  the Lost History of the Suburban Connoisseur

Adrian Seville – Ephemera:  A Collector’s View

Jessica Feather – Collecting John Sell Cotman in Norwich:  the case of James Reeve

Irving Finkel – Collectors, Collections and Museums: Where Do We Go?

14.00-15.30 SOURCES:  Chair : Adriana Turpin.  

Sheila Ffolliott – Women, Letters, and Portraits in Early Modern Europe

Lynda McLeod – Provenance Research: unearthing history

François Marandet – Estimates, auction prices and “mises à prix”in Paris during the Ancien Régime

 Silvia Davoli – The premises for a database project on the 18th and 19th-century French and British decorative arts collectors and dealers.                    

16.00-17.00 DISCUSSION