Series P0174/C - Business Documents

Collection de céramiques grecques attiques Lot de pièces égyptiennes Objets - Mésopotamie Sumer Monnaies grecques antiques Collection de sculptures africaines Masques de danse et pièces de mouvement Police's Certification Registre chronologique Registre du commerce Liste de 17 Athena Contenu de la 1re malle Contenu de la 2e malle

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Business Documents

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  • 1931 - 1993 (Creation)
    Diniacopoulos, Olga
  • 1931 - 1993 (Creation)
    Diniacopoulos, Vincent

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0.447 m of textual records
439 photographs b&w
129 photographs col.
264 slides
120 negatives
6 sketches
10 objects

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Hélène Olga Nicolas-Diniacopoulos was born in Cairo 1906. Olga seems to have been part of the Egyptian Greek community, and apparently had a French father (surname Nicolas). It is reasonably certain that her mother, Anastasie, had a Greek-Egyptian father (surname Avierino or Avierinos) and an Egyptian mother (surname Selim). She died in Montreal in 2000.

She met Vincent Diniacopoulos and were married in the mid- to late-1920s. They then moved to France. The Diniacopoulos family had a gallery that sold antiquities in Paris. The date of opening of the gallery is unknown, but it seems to have closed before they immigrated to Montreal in 1951. After Olga, Vincent and their son Denis moved to Montreal, they opened the Ars Classica gallery. It was active in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Vikentios “Vincent” Diniacopoulos was born in 1886 in Constantinople, Turkey. He died in Montreal in 1967. Vincent’s ethnic background was Greek, and he had French nationality. He studied at a Catholic college and then worked for an antiquarian in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, probably until the Turkish Revolution that took place prior to World War I. He probably immigrated to Egypt around that time.
He met Hélène Olga Nicolas. They got married in the mid- to late-1920s and moved to France after. Vincent did active work during the World War II. The Diniacopoulos family had a gallery that sold antiquities in Paris. The date of opening of the gallery is unknown, but it seems to have closed before they immigrated to Montreal in 1951.
After Olga, Vincent and their son Denis moved to Montreal, they opened the Ars Classica gallery. It was active in the 1950s and 1960s.

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The series is about the commercial activities of Vincent and Olga Diniacopoulos. It contains textual and financial records, lists and inventories and graphic materials about their activities.

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  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek

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List of subseries and files:
P0174/C1 Transactions, Import and Export
0001 Brooklyn museum
0002 Donation Musée du Québec
0003 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
0004 Nationalmusset
0005 Vente d’oeuvres d’art d’objets grecs au Min. des Affaires culturelles du Québec
0006 Déclarations en douanes
0007 Factures de douanes
0008 Insurance documents
0009 Invoices
0010 Post-immigration importation of goods
0011 Elie Borowski
0012 Ernest Erikson
0013 Henry T. Hicks
0014 Samuel Bronfman
0015 Business cards
0016 Correspondence

P0174/C2 Assessment and restoration
0001 Assessment by E. Ascher
0002 Assessment by Jean Roudillon
0003 Assessment for Mrs Jean L. Cookson
0004 Assessment in Belgium
0005 Restoration Musée du Québec
0006 Restoration offer for Prof. Frolich G. Rainey
0007 Albright Art Gallery
0008 Commission d’enquête sur l’enseignement des arts
0009 Jean des Gagniers
0010 Galerie nationale du Canada
0011 Historical Researches
0012 Impressionists Biographies
0013 Listes de consignation d’oeuvres
0014 Requests of Information
0015 Research by Denise Schmandt-Besserat
0016 Descriptive Documents of Pieces/Artefacts
0017 Correspondence

P0174/C3 Financial records
0001 Advertisment
0002 Antoine's Art Gallery
0003 Cercle du livre de France
0004 Collection de céramiques grecques attiques
0005 Financial Notebooks
0006 Inventory Allied Van Lines
0007 Inventory Egyptians Objects
0008 Inventory Mesopotamian Objects
0009 Inventory Monnaies Grecques Antiques
0010 Inventory Morgan Storage and Van Lines Ltd.
0011 Inventory of Masks and African Pieces
0012 Invoices
0013 Montreal Taxes
0014 Painting’s selling Forms
0015 Registre de commerce
0016 Revenu Québec
0017 Various Inventories

P0174/C4 Photographs and other graphic materials
0001 Abstract Art
0002 Alexis Chiriaeff
0003 Antique Artifacts
0004 Architecture
0005 Assessment
0006 Degas
0007 Egyptians Artifacts
0008 Fragments
0009 Greek Artifacts
0010 Koehler
0011 Man on a Railway
0012 Modern Sculpture
0013 Nature Paintings
0014 Portrait of a Black Man
0015 Portraits
0016 Religious Paintings
0017 Sainte-Chapelle du Palais
0018 Statues
0019 Textual Fragments
0020 Vases and Other Containers
0021 Wall Sculptures
0022 Various Drawings
0023 Various Paintings
0024 Big Formats
0025 Exhibitions Installations
0026 Group Photographs
0027 Negatives
0028 Slides
0029 Cooper Plates

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