- Also known as
primary name: Espir, Helen
- individual; collector; British; Female
- Life dates
- Collector of Chinese ceramics. Wife of John Espir (q.v.). Member of the Oriental Ceramic Society with her husband John; Assistant Hon Secretary of the Oriental Ceramic Society1984-1990. In 1988 she was responsible for starting The Chinese Scholars’ Fund, with the purpose of giving Chinese scholars the opportunity of visiting the West; and an appeal was started among members of the OCS. Examined the work of European decorators on Chinese porcelain. Gave ceramics to the British Museum.
Publications: "European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain", 2005. OCS Newsletter, January 1993, "The Chinese Scholars’ Fund", p. 1.
"Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society", 'Pretty China: Oriental Porcelain decorated in the 18th century, vol 62, 1997-1998, pp. 39-50, 15 Figs; 'East meets West: Oriental Porcelain decorated in Europe. Catalogue of a Study Display at the British Museum, Northern Entrance, vol 65, 2000-2001, pp. 109-117, 8 Figs; ' Overview of the Display at the British Museum, Study Day, East meets West: Oriental Porcelain decorated in Europe, vol 65, 2000-2001, pp.119-126, 8 figs.
edited for Ye Wencheng, 'The Discovery of Kilns making "Swatow" Type Wares at Pinghe in Fujian Province', vol 60, 2003-2004, pp 69& 70, 1 Fig.
- Roy Davids and Dominic Jellinek, "PROVENANCE: Collectors, Dealers and Scholars: Chinese Ceramics in Britain and America", 2011, p. 166;