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Jennifer Franks
In 1998 Jennifer Franks received a BA in German Studies and Art History from the University of Oklahoma; her degree plan uniquely focused on the Decorative Arts. Coursework was completed in Germany at the Carolo-Wilhelmina Universität of Braunschweig where she studied 18th-century German ceramics and glass.

In 2002 Ms. Franks received a MA in the History of Decorative Arts via Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian Institution and Parsons, The New School for Design), focusing on 18th-century European glass, ceramics and furniture. In 2000 she returned to Germany conducting an independent study on Fürstenberg porcelain led by Meissen professor Maureen Cassidy Geiger and Dr. Alfred Walz, curator of the Anton Ulrich Museum. Her degree was completed in Geneva, Switzerland via archives and the renowned study collection of the Musée de l’Ariana, ceramics and glass museum.

From 1998 to 2002 Ms. Franks worked for Christie’s New York while also a Graduate Intern under mentor, Melissa Bennie, Vice president of European Glass and Ceramics. As a Viewing Assistant she aided in pre-auction shows corresponding to graduate coursework; the constant handling of related objects yielded a strong sense of connoisseurship.

From 2002 to 2003 she was employed as Director of Guild Antiques with galleries in New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. The inventory consisted mainly of 18th- and 19th-century British furniture and decorative arts along with 17th- and 18th-century Asian ceramics.

In 2003 Ms. Franks led a Meissen Project at Waddesdon Manor researching and creating curatorial commentaries for a large collection of 18th-century Meissen porcelain, including pieces from the exhibition White Gold.

From 2004 to 2006, She returned to Geneva, Switzerland where she acted as consultant regarding eighteenth-century European decorative arts with an emphasis on glass and ceramics, as well as various objects of material culture (metalwork including scientific tools).

Since February 2007 Ms. Franks has worked for the Philadelphia Museum of Art leading a survey on picture frames. The position involves researching, classifying and documenting approximately 5,000 frames including some outstanding 18th-century French examples comparable to ormolu mounts for porcelain. She is currently preparing a portion of this work for publication.

 

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