After studying language and Art History at the Université de Paris-X Nanterre as well as the École du Louvre, Sophie Motsch joined the 17th-18th Century Department at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, where she has been a curatorial assistant since 1998. She has taught decorative arts at Université de Marne-la-Vallée and presented a lecture on the Nissim de Camondo museum at an international colloquium on collectors. She has contributed to multiple books in the reference series Chefs-d’oeuvre du musée des Arts Décoratifs (Masterpieces of the musée des Arts Décoratifs) and collaborated on the creation of numerous exhibition catalogues: A l’inventaire; Fascination of fragility, une histoire de la porcelaine (A history of Porcelain); Van Cleef & Arpels, l’art de la haute joaillerie (The art of high jewelry); Les secrets de la laque française-Le vernis Martin (Secrets of French Lacquer); Déboutonner la mode (Unbuttoning Fashion).
Sophie Motsch has written a masters thesis on Fernand Javal’s collection of perfume bottles, the object notes for a book on the furniture and chairs of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and an essay on Baron Henri de Rothschild’s collection of skull-and-crossbones. This last subject will be the focus of an exhibition she is curating for June 2018 at the Bemberg Foundation (Toulouse). She is especially interested in the collection as a sociological, psychological, and artistic phenomenon.