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Duveen Brothers: Tricks of the Trade from the Greatest Art and Antique Dealers of the Twentieth Century

Duveen Brothers: Tricks of the Trade from the Greatest Art and Antique Dealers of the Twentieth Century
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Charlotte Vignon, Guest Speaker

Classical Lecture Series, Lecture II

Charlotte Vignon will explore the history behind Duveen Brothers, as well as the commercial strategies that led what became the most influential art and antique dealers of the turn of the twentieth century to success. The lecture will draw on an important ensemble of hitherto unexplored archival sources from the firm’s records at the Getty Research Institute, as well as letters and invoices from Duveen Brothers’ clients. European furniture, tapestries, porcelain, and other objets d’art that are today the jewels of American museums’ permanent collections will take center stage in the discussion.

Charlotte Vignon is Curator of Decorative Arts, as well as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Bard Graduate Center, New York. Vignon has organized many exhibitions at the Frick and written, or contributed to, their accompanying publications. Among these are Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection (2019); Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection (2018); Fired by Passion: Du Paquier Porcelain from the Sullivan Collection (2017); Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court (2016); Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection (2016); From Sèvres to Fifth Avenue: French Porcelain at The Frick Collection (2015); Coypel’s Don Quixote Tapestries: Illustrating a Spanish Novel in Eighteenth-Century France (2015); Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection (2014); Turkish Taste at the Court of Marie-Antoinette (2011); and Exuberant Grotesques: Renaissance Maiolica from the Fontana Workshop (2009). She was also co-curator, with Ian Wardropper, of Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court (2012) and, with Anne L. Poulet, of White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain (2011). She is the author of Duveen Brothers and the Market for Decorative Arts 1880–1940 (2019) and The Frick Collection: Decorative Arts Handbook (2015) and co-author, with Edmund de Waal, of Gouthiere’s Candelabras, the third volume in the Frick Diptych series. Vignon has held fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Frick Collection, where she was an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow. She received her Ph.D. from the Sorbonne.

This is the second of the 2020 the Classical Lecture Series. The Series will also include:

  • May 4, The Scottish Architects Who Changed the World, Curt DiCamillo, Guest Speaker
  • November 11, Richard Manion, Guest Speaker


ICAA Member - Season Pass - $140.00
General Public - Season Pass  - $190.00
Individual Lecture Ticket:
ICAA Members - $30
General Public - $55

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