1st Edition

Women, Collecting, and Cultures Beyond Europe

Edited By Arlene Leis Copyright 2023
    282 Pages 21 Color & 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 21 Color & 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 21 Color & 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines collecting around the world and how women have participated in and formed collections globally.

    The edited volume builds on recent research and offers a wider lens through which to examine and challenge women’s collecting histories. Spanning from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first (although not organized chronologically) the research herein extends beyond European geographies and across time periods; it brings to light new research on how artificiallia and naturallia were collected, transported, exchanged, and/or displayed beyond Europe. Women, Collecting and Cultures Beyond Europe considers collections as points of contact that forged transcultural connections and knowledge exchange. Some authors focus mainly on collectors and what was collected, while others consider taxonomies, travel, patterns of consumption, migration, markets, and the after life of things. In its broad and interdisciplinary approach, this book amplifies women’s voices, and aims to position their collecting practices toward new transcultural directions, including women’s relation to distinct cultures, customs, and beliefs as well as exposing the challenges women faced when carving a place for themselves within global networks.

    This study will be of interest to scholars working in collections and collecting, conservation, museum studies, art history, women’s studies, material and visual cultures, Indigenous studies, textile histories, global studies, history of science, social and cultural histories.

    Collecting to Collectingism: New Directions in Women's Transcultural Practices

    Arlene Leis

    Part 1: Points of Transcultural Exchange

    1. Européenerie in Feminine Space: Qing Imperial Women and Collecting in China’s Long Eighteenth Century 

    Chih-En Chen

    2. Coerced Contact: The Dzungar Court Costume of a Swedish Knitting Instructor

    Lisa Hellman

    3. Trading Places: The Japanese Art Collection of O’Tama Kiyohara Ragusa

    Maria Antonietta Spadaro

    4. Created to Gleam: Decorum, Taste and Luxury of Four Dresses from Viceregal Mexico

    Martha Sandoval-Villegas and Laura Garcia-Vedrenne

    Part 2: Natural History, Colonial Encounters, and Indigenous Histories

    5. The Botanist Was a Woman: Classifying and Collecting on the First French Circumnavigation of the Globe

    Glynis Ridley

    6. Pineapple Lady: Expertise and Exoticism in Agnes Block’s Self-Representation as Flora Batava

    Catherine Powell-Warren

    7. A Memsahib’s ‘Natural World’: Lady Mary Impey’s Collection of Indian Natural History Paintings

    Apurba Chatterjee

    8. Women and Huipils: The Treasuring of an Indigenous Garment in New Spain

    Martha Sandoval-Villegas

    9. Colonial Pantomime: Queen Marie I of Portugal’s Human Cabinet of Curiosities

    Agnieszka Anna Ficek

    Part 3: Settlers, Immigrants and New Frontiers

    10. Settler Botanists, Nature’s Gentlemen, and the Canadian Book of Nature: Catharine Parr Traill’s Canadian Wild Flowers

    Cynthia Sugars

    11. Collecting Indian Art in Santa Fe: The Bryn Mawrters and the Politics of Preservation

    Nancy Owen Lewis

    12. The Spectacle of Sponsoring an Ottoman Trousseau

    Gwendolyn Collaço

    13. Las Bexareñas and their Wills: Women’s Material Culture and Cataloguing Practices in Spanish San Fernando de Béxar

    Amy M. Porter

    Part 4: Recovery, Collaboration, and Repatriation

    14. 'He Surely Existed': Women of the Early Folk Art Collecting Movement and Thomas W. Commeraw, Forgotten African-American Potter

    Brandt Zipp

    15. Adjacency in the Collection

    Toby Upson

    16. Collecting Fibre Arts in Arnhem Land

    Louise Hamby

    17. From Women’s Hands: Learning from Métis Women’s Collections

    Angela Fey and Maureen Matthews


    Arlene Leis is an independent art historian who received her PhD from University of York.