Title

Madame Desoye, "First Woman Importer" of Japanese Art in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2020

Journal / Book Title

Journal of Japonisme

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1163/24054992-00051P01

Journal ISSN / Book ISBN

2405-4984

Published Citation

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

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