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Volume 35 – Number 8

Nov/Dec 2004


Lumières de soie: Homage to Krishna Riboud at the Musée Guimet
The Ignazio Vok Collection of Chinese Furniture
A Gift of Chinese Furniture to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Chinese Bronzes at Compton Verney
A New Look at Tibetan Furniture

Loving couple
Madurai, southern India, 17th century
Collection of Cynthia Hazen Polsky
'In the Realm of Gods and Kings' at Asia Society

The articles in this issue are diverse in subject matter but all throw light on the impact benefactors and collectors have on cultural institutions. Through their generosity, Krishna Riboud, Peter Moores, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leonard Lauder have shaped the collections of premier American and European museums, and stimulated interest in new areas of Asian art, from textiles, Indian paintings and Chinese bronzes to Japanese swords and postcards. Tseng Yuho Ecke's gift to the Sackler is a lasting tribute to her husband Gustav Ecke, whose pioneering research in Chinese furniture probably inspired modern connoisseurs like Ignazaio Vok. 
In colloboration with the Pacific Asia Museum, a group of collectors, scholars and dealers have come together to intitiate groundbreaking research in the hitherto neglected field of Tibetan furnitiure. The rich material at the Wellcome Library would not exist but for the ambitious enterprise of Sir Henry Wellcome. With the same seriousness of purpose they applied in their professional academic lives, Sylvan Barnet and Willian Burto have, in their collection of Japanese material, shown us new ways of looking at and thinking about art. 


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