Appel à communication : The Mutability of Collections (Londres, 7-8 juillet 2023)

The Mutability of Collections: Transformation, Contextualisation and Re-Interpretation.

Seminar on Collecting & DisplayInstitute of Historical Research, University of Londres, 7-8 juillet 2023.

We invite proposals for papers reflecting on the ways in which the contents of collections are not permanent but may be subject to numerous mutations. Objects in collections are added, exchanged or disposed of, translated and transformed. Items can be moved to new surroundings and different decorative settings, resulting in altered contexts of display, meaning and significance.

The history of collections is more than a history of objects brought together by acquisitive owners; it is also a history whereby collectors and owners may re-interpret an inherited or purchased collection and re-arrange and complete it in accordance to their taste.

As is well known, the Medici amassed a collection that grew, was looted, regained, distributed over palaces and villas and, finally, bequeathed to Tuscany as part of Anna Maria Louisa’s family pact in 1737. Obviously, the Medici’s treasures were not the only collection with a fragmented biography and that of Rudolf II would provide another famous example.In the nineteenth century, William Beckford added new layers of interpretation as he amassed his collections from a variety of different sources. Further translations and reinterpretations ensued when the first collection was dispersed and Beckford created a new collecting environment in Bath.

This session aims to explore the various issues underlying the mutability of collections:
– the ways in which intentionality, taste and the periodically fluctuating financesof collectors influenced the composition and display of a collection, sometimes more than once within a collection’s biography;
– the ways in whichfashion may have directed a collector towards particular groups of objects, as well as their alteration according to the taste of the time;
– the ways in which collections may be reinterpreted and take on new meanings according to the spaces in which they were displayed;
– the different associations and meanings given to individual objects through their changing representations, displays or associations.

We invite paper proposals of 250 words max. (and a short bio of 200 words) investigating the mutability of early-modern collections during their creation, transfer to new locations, transformation or re-interpretation.
Please send your proposals to by 30 November, 2022

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Appel à communication : Circulations des objets et des œuvres asiatiques sur le marché de l’art parisien (1789-1914)

Rez-de-chaussée, Galerie d’Iéna – Céramiques chinoises, avant 1931 © Musée national des Arts asiatiques – Guimet

Circulations des objets et des œuvres asiatiques sur le marché
de l’art parisien (1789-1914)

Date de la journée : 26 mai 2023 – Salle Vasari (Paris, INHA)
Date limite : avant le 10 décembre 2022
Contacts : et

Comité d’organisation
Lucie Chopard (AMU), Pauline Guyot, Yongsong Zheng (INHA)

Comité scientifique
Pauline d’Abrigeon (Fondation Baur, Genève)
Ting Chang (Nottingham University)
Lucie Chopard (AMU)
Elizabeth Emery (Montclair State University)
Antoine Gournay (Sorbonne Université)
Christophe Marquet (EFEO)
Juliette Trey (INHA)

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For the English version of the call for papers,
please click 2022_AC_Circulation_des_objets_ENG

Appel à communication : Egypt in Early-Modern Antiquarian Imagery

Egyptian Sculptures, in: Michel-François Dandré-Bardon: Costume des anciens peuples, Paris 1772, part 24, pl. IV (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich)

Egypt in Early-Modern Antiquarian Imagery

Digital Workshops on 5 May, 2 June and 7 July 2022

In 2022, Egyptology celebrates important historical events that number among the highlights in the exploration of the culture and civilization of the country by the Nile. In 1822, Jean-François Champollion succeeded in deciphering the hieroglyphics, the hieratic and the demotic scripts, by working primarily with the Rosetta Stone. In 1922, the British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings.

The academy research project “Antiquitatum Thesaurus” would like to contribute to the international discourse and, in three half-day digital workshops in the summer semester of 2022 (5 May / 2 June / 7 July), draw attention to some central questions of the early-modern reception of Egypt, which preceded the events mentioned above.

How did contacts with the land of the pharaohs and their culture come about, and what image of it was conveyed? What role did aegyptiaca play in collections of antiquities, cabinets des curiosités or Wunderkammern? How were Egyptian or Egyptianising artefacts visually documented and discussed?

Before Napoleon’s great military expeditions and the subsequent scientific explorations of the country, when the number of travellers to the Levant was still manageable, the perception and understanding of Egypt far from the Nile had to rely primarily on easily portable objects. These had found their way to the other side of the Mediterranean at different times and along different routes. Finally, the study of ancient Greek and Roman authors, who transmitted their own mediated version of history and Egyptian culture, should not be underestimated.

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Appel à communications dans la revue Virtus/Journal of Nobility Studies : “Collectionneurs nobles 1750-1950”

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The long nineteenth and early twentieth century is often considered a period of socially widening collecting practices. Besides the boom of public museums, the general understanding of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century collecting is dominated by the rise of the bourgeois collectionneur as new social type. Within the broader historiography much attention has been paid to the new industrial tycoons and businessmen, as well as the (higher) middling sort of collectors, all eager to tap into a growing ‘collection mania’. Less well studied for this period, however, remain the blue-blooded collectors or collectionneurs nobles. This comes as quite a surprise since the practice of collecting itself has deep and long running roots, intimately tied to endeavours of early-modern royal houses and noblemen, amassing Wunderkammern full of Fine and Decorative Arts, precious manuscripts and books, naturalia, and myriad other collectables. While some, less fortunate noblemen, were forced to sell their prized family collections during the age of political, industrial, and cultural revolutions, others retained their titles and fortunes, and continued to collect for economic reasons (as investment), or for reasons tied to their specific, albeit changing, social and cultural status in modern societies.

In spite of the recent upsurge in books and articles on collectors and collecting practices in Belgium and the Netherlands, research on this blue blood collecting in the Low Countries after 1750 remains thin on the ground. Who were these highborn collectors? What did they collect? And why? In this special issue we aim to draw a detailed portrait of these  collectioneurs nobles, their changing social profile, and their motivations. How different were their motives and aims from their emerging bourgeois counterparts? What were the norms and values that fuelled aristocratic collecting? Did they, for instance, pay more attention to noble pedigree and patina in the selection of objects? And in what way were older, Humanist and Enlightenment values carried over in modern times with these collectors? Tying in with a recent strand, we also want to pay attention to the links between gender and collecting. To what extent were the collection profile and practices of noble ladies and lords different? We also aim to shed more light on the presentation, musealisation, and afterlife of these noble collections. To what extent became noble collections more accessible for a wider public in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and how were they received by noble, bourgeois or lower class visitors? How were these aristocratic ensembles eventually integrated into public museums? Last but not least, we also try to identify local, regional or even national differences between well-bred collectors in Belgium and the Netherlands, in the industrial cities and in the countryside, and so on.

We aim to provide some answers to these questions by sampling the latest research on noble collectors and collections in the Low Countries. The special issue will be published in Virtus: Journal of Nobility Studies. [WoS A1- journal] Abstracts – ca. 350 words, including a short bio-sketch – should be send to before 1 February 2022. Full chapters (5000 words, including footnotes) should be submitted in the same way before 1 October 2022.

Guest editors of the special issue:
Ulrike Müller (Researcher at Museum Mayer van den Bergh & PD UAntwerpen)
Ilja Van Damme (Professor in history UAntwerpen)
Gerrit Verhoeven (Professor in cultural heritage and history UAntwerpen & Researcher/Archivist at the Royal Museums of Art and History)

Reference :
CFP: Virtus Special Issue: Collectioneurs Nobles, 1750-1950. In:, Nov 16, 2021. <>

Appel à communication : Séminaire Collection 2022

COLLECTION / Séminaire sur le collectionnisme et le marché de l’art

Honoré Daumier, Les Amateurs, 1865-1868, Walters Art Museum (CCO)



Les organisateurs de Collection/Séminaire sur le collectionnisme et le marché de l’art, lancent un appel à communication pour les séances mensuelles du séminaire en 2022. Depuis sa fondation en 2020 le séminaire Collection entend être un lieu de rencontre entre universitaires et conservateurs venus présenter de nouvelles recherches sur tous les sujets relatifs à l’histoire des collections et du marché de l’art.

Les communications pourront concerner toutes les époques sans limitations géographiques et aborder par exemple la constitution et la vie des collections (privées et muséales), l’analyse de la figure du collectionneur dans toute sa complexité (rôle, statut, milieu) et les acteurs du marché de l’art (stratégies et réseau). Nous invitons aussi à porter un regard particulier aux réflexions méthodologiques sur les sources et les outils, y compris numériques.

Chaque séance est formée d’une présentation de 45 minutes suivie d’une discussion. Les séminaires se tiendront en ligne de 18h30 à 20h00, les 15 février, 15 mars, 12 avril, 10 mai, 07 juin, 18 octobre, 15 novembre et 13 décembre 2022.

Les propositions (300 mots) accompagnées d’un CV concis et des dates auxquelles vous n’êtes pas disponibles sont à envoyer avant le 10 décembre 2021 à Le choix des propositions sera effectué avant le 15 décembre.



The organisers of Collection/Séminaire sur le collectionnisme et le marché de l’art are inviting papers for the monthly sessions of the seminar in 2022. Since its foundation in 2020, the seminar Collection has been a place where academics and curators meet to present new researches on all topics related to the history of collecting and the art market. Continuer la lecture de « Appel à communication : Séminaire Collection 2022 »

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