About J. Franks
The French word vertu translates: “the condition of being rare, beautiful or otherwise appealing to a connoisseur.”
Vertu founder, Jennifer Franks, is an Art & Design Specialist. She has curated, researched, authenticated & exhibited works of art for public & private clients & entities, including: Christie's (New York), The National Trust (Rothschild collections, UK) & the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among other leading art institutions and collections in Europe, the United States & Canada.
Franks holds a BA in European Studies & Art History & a MA in Curatorial Studies & the History of Decorative Art & Design from The New School, Parsons School of Design. She is fluent in German & French languages per a decade of joint studies in Europe (Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina, Brunswick, Germany). Her specialization is in European art and design (1600-present) with a particular focus on the 18th century. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto.
Franks has worked as Executive Director & Chief Curator. She has also supported the arts via board & committee leadership throughout the US & Canada. She is currently developing and curating a digital series on private collectors, "Collectors at Home", in partnership with the the Canadian Society of Decorative Art / Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs (CSDA/CCAD)
Franks has lectured for museums, universities, art organizations, collections & galleries. Her recent lectures include: "Decorative Arts: Definition & Evolution" (Canadian Federation of University Women); "Complexity versus Simplicity: Historic Influences on Contemporary Art" (Ontario College of Art & Design); "Ceramics in the Digital Age" (Gardiner Museum, Toronto), and "From Utility to Life: Sculptural Decorative Arts" (CSDA / CCAD))