- Helen Glaister
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- Collecting in Public and Private: The Ionides Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain, 1920-1970
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An art historian specialising in Chinese Ceramics and Decorative Arts, Helen's career has straddled the museum world and academia, including positions at the British Museum, Birkbeck College and the V&A.
Taking the Ionides Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain as its primary focus, this thesis maps the movement of objects from the private to the public sphere, in so doing explores the dynamics of collecting and the transformations of meaning across time and space.
The relationship between collector, dealer and national museum will be studied through extensive archival research, questioning the role of personal networks in shaping emerging trends of art appreciation and taste.
The display of Chinese porcelain in the private interior during the interwar years will be contrasted with the public display of Chinese art objects in the national museum, highlighting shifting attitudes to Chinese Art and the role of the museum in shaping art historical discourse.
- 'From Buxted Park to South Kensington and beyond: the Ionides Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain', Private Collecting and Public Display: Art Markets and Museums, Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds. 30-31 March, 2017.
- ‘Interior Design, Collecting and Display: The Ionides Collection of Chinese Art, at ‘Creating Markets, Collecting Art’, Christies, London, 14-15 July 2016.
- Oriental Ceramic Society