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Private Collectors of Islamic Art in Late 19th century London : the Persian Ideal

Abstract : This book examines British collectors of so-called “Persian art” (a broad umbrella term then covering a large portion of Islamic art) in the late nineteenth century, including ceramics, metalwork, carpets and textiles, and woodwork. Based on a foundational event, the very first exhibition of “Persian and Arab Art” held by a London Gentlemen’s Club in 1885, this book follows one generation of men, retracing the subtle shades of difference between “amateurs,” “connoisseurs,” “experts,” and “collectors,” and exploring all the mechanisms of the construction of a collective fascination for the Orient. Isabelle Gadoin exhumes some of the first “scientific” analyses of Islamic objects and of the first private notebooks or exhibition catalogues, to provide an in-depth study of the way Westerners talked about Islamic objects, and began to define what would become Islamic Art History. All the while, Gadoin unravels the skein of Western prejudice, Romantic fancy, sincere admiration and ruthless appropriation, in art collecting, to write a new chapter of Orientalist history.
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Isabelle Gadoin. Private Collectors of Islamic Art in Late 19th century London : the Persian Ideal. Routledge, Taylor and Francis, inPress, Histories of Material Culture and Collecting (1700-1950), 9780367766023. ⟨hal-03184583⟩

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