Journal Article

Grollier de Servière, the brothers Monconys

Anthony Turner

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 20, issue 2, pages 205-215
Published in print November 2008 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online April 2008 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhn011
Grollier de Servière, the brothers Monconys

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Of collections in seventeenth-century Lyon, we can know most about the collection of machine models created by Grollier de Servière, and the general collection amassed by the traveller Balthazar de Monconys and his brother Gaspard. Comparison of the eighteenth-century published catalogue of Grollier's collection with accounts given of it by contemporary visitors reveals changes in the perception and presentation of the collection between 1650 and 1710, while comparison of the two collections reveals differences in the nature of ‘curiosity’ even within the seventeenth century.

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Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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