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Stephanie Auffret Ph.D.
Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute
Affiliated Assistant Professor
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716

Biography

Stephanie Auffret worked at the Winterthur Museum from May 2008 to April 2016 as a Furniture Conservator and Assistant Professor in Art Conservation. In April 2016, she joined the Getty Conservation Institute (Los Angeles) as a Project Specialist in the Collections Department, where she develops training opportunities for conservators internationally. She continues to serve as Affiliated Faculty at the University of Delaware, providing guidance for students as needed.

She received a Masters Degree in Art History in 1998 from the University of Paris IV Sorbonne and a Masters in Art Conservation from the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne in 2006. In January 2010, she received her PhD in Art History, from the University of Paris IV Sorbonne, entitled The Authenticity of French Furniture: Interpretation, Evaluation and Preservation.

A native of France, she started working in a private workshop in Paris in 1995 where she spent six years, treating mainly 18th century French furniture. She completed her training in Bordeaux and Revel, in the South of France. Deciding to enrich her experience in the United States, she was an intern at the J.P. Getty Museum during the summer of 2001, a Kress fellow at SPNEA (now known as Historic New England) in 2003-04, and an Andrew W. Mellon fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004-05. Before joining the Winterthur Museum in 2008, she was an Assistant Furniture Conservator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she treated and studied American furniture for the opening of the new American Wing in 2010.

She has lectured for private and professional audiences in Europe and the United States and authored several articles. The topics range from the study of toothing plane marks on a 17th century Parisian ebony cabinet that allowed to differentiate between different restoration campaigns, to the design of support frames for upholstery conservation as well as ethical considerations related to the treatment of cultural heritage. She has a strong interest in decorative surfaces and their preservation. She has been part of the organization committee of the French-American Partnership (2006), a project sponsored by the Florence Gould Foundation and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) that brought more than twenty French conservators, curators and craftsmen to the United States in order to share their approaches of furniture conservation and connoisseurship. She has been Program Chair of the Wooden Artifacts Group (WAG) of the American Institute for Conservation in 2011-12 and Chair of the group from 2013 to 2015. She is a Professional Associate of the AIC. She is currently Assistant Coordinator of the Wood, Furniture and Lacquer Group of ICOM-CC.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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