France Pepper is an Asianist, with a focus on China. Her perspective spans 30 years, with expertise in traditional and contemporary art and culture. She understands China’s position within Asia and its impact on the world. France's clients are private collectors, institutions, business and cultural thought leaders.
From the start, she recognized that a multi-faceted approach to understanding China required rigorous language training with simultaneous studies in Asian political and cultural history, art history, anthropology, literature, and geography. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, English, and French.
France obtained an undergraduate degree from McGill University (Montreal) in East Asian Studies. Shortly after graduating, she led a 3-month expedition from Beijing to Pakistan, along the Silk Road. This trip inspired her to travel extensively in Asia and to continue her Graduate Studies, which began at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for American and Chinese Studies. All courses were taught in Chinese to future Sino-U.S. leaders. Her Master's Degree was completed at McGill University, with a thesis on Silk Road Buddhist art and culture.
She expanded her qualifications at New York University with a certificate in Art Appraisal Studies and is USPAP compliant. France is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America, with a specialization in Asian art.