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George Eumorfopoulos

Dish, Inner Mongolia, made between 1050-1125, from Eumorfopoulos Collection

Dish, Inner Mongolia, made between 1050-1125, from Eumorfopoulos Collection

George Eumorfopoulos was a distinguished collector of European and Oriental porcelain. A member of the V&A’s Advisory Council, he sold part of his collection to the Museum in 1934.

George Eumorfopoulos was born in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, on 18 April 1863, the son of Aristides George Eumorfopoulos and Mariora Scaramanga. He worked for the merchant firm of Ralli Brothers, where he rose to the position of Vice-President before retiring in 1934. He initially collected European porcelain before moving on to create a renowned collection of early Chinese art, encompassing porcelain, archaic bronzes and jades, and sculpture and paintings. Eumorfopoulos turned a part of his house on Chelsea Embankment into a private museum to display these works of art, which attracted many visitors. In 1934 he sold his collection at below market value to the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Eumorfopoulos was a member of the V&A’s Advisory Council from 1925 to 1935, and was a founder of the Oriental Ceramic Society and its first president from 1921 until his death in 1939.


Information in the V&A Archive

MA/1/E827: Nominal file – Mr and Mrs G. Eumorfopoulos (the Eumorfopoulos collection)

MA/31/9: Register of loans in

MA/28/49/1-5: Chinese art: the Eumorfopoulos collection, Apr 1935-1936

MA/29/7/1-2: Chinese art: the Eumorfopoulos collection, Apr 1935-1936

MA/46/1 & 2: Advisory Council minutes

Selected printed works

Binyon, Laurence. The George Eumorfopoulos collection; catalogue of the Chinese, Corean and Siamese paintings. London: E. Benn Ltd., 1928. NAL pressmark: 56.C.5

Binyon, Laurence. The George Eumorfopoulos collection; catalogue of the Chinese frescoes. London: E. Benn Ltd., 1927. NAL pressmark: 56.C.4

Hobson, R. L. The George Eumorfopoulos collection; catalogue of the Chinese, Corean and Persian pottery and porcelain. London: E. Benn Ltd., 1925-28. NAL pressmark: 50.D.75-80

Yetts, W. Perceval. The George Eumorfopoulos collection; catalogue of the Chinese & Corean bronzes, sculpture, jades, jewellery and miscellaneous objects. London: E. Benn Ltd., 1929-. NAL pressmark: 56.C.7-9

Gray, Basil. ‘Eumorfopoulos, George (1863–1939),’ rev. M. Tregear. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004

[Obituary]. The Times (20 December 1939)

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