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Volume 36 – Number 4

May 2005

The activities of individuals have formed the foundation of many great museumf of Asian art - the Baur Collection in Geneva is no exception. However, evolving with the passage of time, many such institutions no longer reflect the imprint of their founders. By comparison, Alfred Baur's museum stands out for the way in which it has maintianed its original integrity withouth losing its contemporary relevance. 

As Baur regarded his collection as a completed work, the museum is a reflection of the man adn his aesthetic preferences. In their articles, Monique Crick, Helen Loveday and Jan Dees demonstrate that the value of the Baur Collection lies not only in its exquisite objects but also in the richness of its archives. Highlighted in this issue are Chinese monochrome ceramics, Japanese altar cloths and the lacquer work of Uzawa Shogetsu.
T. June Li introduces Paintings of Shikan by Seven Masters, a recent gift to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and discusses its potential for further study. As part of our continuing debate on the conservation and restoration of Himalayan paintings, Mary Slusser offers her views on two Nepalese works.
The variety of fairs in London and the increasing importance of Brussels as a destination for dealers and collectors are highlighted in our previews of summer events in Europe.
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