Madame Desoye, "First Woman Importer" of Japanese Art in Nineteenth-Century Paris
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Journal of Japonisme
The shop run by Madame Desoye at 220, rue de Rivoli in Paris is legendary in Japonisme studies thanks to the writings of Edmond de Goncourt and Philippe Burty, yet the iden-tity of the woman hidden behind this married name, like the extent of her participation in Japoniste activities, has long remained a mystery. The present article draws upon new archival research to provide information about the life of Louise Mélina Desoye, née Chopin (1836-1909) and her important contributions to the first wave of French Japonisme.
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MSU Digital Commons Citation
Emery, Elizabeth, "Madame Desoye, "First Woman Importer" of Japanese Art in Nineteenth-Century Paris" (2020). Department of World Languages and Cultures Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 54.
Emery, E. (2020). Madame Desoye, “First Woman Importer” of Japanese Art in Nineteenth-Century Paris, Journal of Japonisme, 5(1), 1-46. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/24054992-00051P01