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Account Ledger

Creator:
Vever, Henri, 1854-1942  Search this
Names:
Vever, Henri, 1854-1942  Search this
Yamanaka, Sadajiro  Search this
Collection Creator:
Vever, Henri, 1854-1942  Search this
Extent:
175 Items (pages of handwriting)
Type:
Archival materials
Works of art
Photographs
Place:
Paris (France)
France -- Ile-de-France -- Paris
Date:
1907-1917
Scope and Contents:
Handwritten ledger of Henri Vever's purchases of art from dealers between January 1907 and July 1917. Dealers include Yamanaka Sadajiro, Marcel Bing and George Joseph Demotte.
Arrangement:
This collection is in a box with a smaller, unbound purchase ledger dated 1894.
Biographical / Historical:
Jeweler, art collector, and author Henri Vever was born in Metz, France in 1854. Together with his older brother Paul, Henri Vever managed the family jewelry firm, Maison Vever, from 1881 until Paul's death in 1915 and Henri's retirement in 1921. As an art collector, Vever amassed a large collection of European, Asian, and Islamic art. Through his work as a jeweler, art collector, and author, Henri Vever played an important role in the twentieth-century art world.
Local Numbers:
FSA A1988.04 2.2
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- France -- Paris  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France -- Paris  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Art, Islamic  Search this
Genre/Form:
Works of art
Photographs
Collection Citation:
Henri Vever Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Gift of François Mautin, 1988
Henri Vever Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of François Mautin, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.04, Item FSA A1988.04 2.2
See more items in:
Henri Vever Papers
Henri Vever Papers / Series 2: Account Ledger / Account Ledger
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc32caccb20-69a4-44b1-a57a-c224f89173a2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-04-ref609

Records of Charles Lang Freer's art purchases while traveling in the Middle East

Creator:
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919  Search this
Names:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Collection Creator:
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919  Search this
Extent:
56 Sheets
Type:
Archival materials
Sheets
Vouchers
Place:
Egypt
Cairo (Egypt)
Syria
Palmyra (Syria)
Damascus (Syria)
Aleppo (Syria)
Jerusalem
Date:
May-August,1908
Scope and Contents:
Purchase vouchers, notes and price relating to purchases made by Charles Freer while in Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Turkey and Paris between May and August, 1908. Purchases were primarily Syrian and Persian pottery and tiles, but also included ancient Egyptian artifacts, manuscripts, and a mortuary bust from Palmyra. Dealers included Maurice Nahman, Cairo; Marcopoli & Co., Aleppo; Murad Barody, Beirut; N. Ohan, Jerusalem; Tabbagh Freres & Co., Paris, and Dikran Kelekian, Paris. Documents also include travel itinerary notes and a reciept for a donation for relief of the poor of Aleppo.
Freer collection numbers: F1908.53; F1908.54; F1908.110; F1908.111; F1908.112; F1908.113; F1908.117; F1908.118; F1908.119; ; F1908.120; F1908.121; F1908.122a-b; F1908.123; F1908.124; F1908.125; F1908.126; F1908.127; F1908.128; F1908.129; F1908.133; F1908.130; F1908.131; F1908.132; F1908.134; F1908.135; F1908.136; F1908.137; F1908.138; F1908.139; F1908.140; F1908.141; F1908.142; F1908.143; F1908.144; F1908.145; F1908.146; F1908.147; F1908.148; F1908.149; F1908.150; F1908.151; F1908.152; F1908.153; F1908.154; F1908.155; F1908.156; F1908.157; F1908.158; F1908.159; F1908.160; F1908.161; F1908.162; F1908.163; F1908.164; F1908.165; F1908.166; F1908.167; F1908.168; F1908.184; F1908.185; F1908.186; F1908.187; F1908.179; F1908.180; F1908.190; F1908.191; F1908.192; F1908.193; F1908.202; F1908.223; F1908.224; F1908.236; F1908.250;
Arrangement:
Freer's purchase vouchers are generally organized by date of purchase.
Local Numbers:
FSA A.01 06.5.2.1908.12.13
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Antiquities  Search this
Art, Ancient  Search this
Art, Egyptian  Search this
Art, Islamic  Search this
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Vouchers
Collection Citation:
Charles Lang Freer Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer.
Identifier:
FSA.A.01, Item FSA A.01 06.5.2.1908.12.13
See more items in:
Charles Lang Freer Papers
Charles Lang Freer Papers / Series 6: Financial Materials / 6.5: Vouchers / 6.5.2: Financial materials - Vouchers - Art vouchers / 1908
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc34e19b544-d2fe-49c6-b9f6-d7a1d64e43a8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a-01-ref3470

The image of the Black in Islamic art : the case of painting / Robert Hillenbrand

Author:
Hillenbrand, Robert  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Egypt
Asia
Date:
2017
Topic:
Black people in art  Search this
Art, Islamic--Themes, motives  Search this
Art, Arab--Themes, motives  Search this
Africans in art--Islamic influences  Search this
Call number:
N8232 .T45 2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098901

Ad Reinhardt lecture, 1966 Jan

Creator:
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Subject:
Washington Gallery of Modern Art (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Topic:
Art, Islamic  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10715
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214317
AAA_collcode_reinadlc
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214317

Mehmet Aga-Oglu Papers

Creator:
Aga-Oglu, Mehmet, 1896-1949  Search this
Extent:
7.8 Cubic feet (consisting of 12 boxes and 9 oversized flat file folders.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Maps
Photographs
Notes
Place:
Detroit (Mich.)
Turkey
Istanbul (Turkey)
Berlin (Germany)
Michigan
Date:
circa 1877-1947
Summary:
The Mehmet Aga-Oglu Papers, dating from approximately 1877-1947, measure 7.8 cubic feet and include writings and notes, photographs, and maps related to Dr. Aga-Oglu's work Corpus of Islamic Work, which was never published due to Dr. Aga-Oglu's death in 1949.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Mehmet Aga-Oglu measure 7.8 cubic feet and date from 1877 to approximately 1949. The papers largely relate to Aga-Oglu's research and writings for his unpublished work Corpus of Islamic Metalwork. The papers include manuscript drafts, research files, printed material, maps, and photographs.

The manuscript drafts include handwritten drafts, citations attached or written onto drafts, and revision notes for his unpublished manuscript. Content includes material related to metalliferous mines, precious and base metals, and traffic of metals in Islamic and non-Islamic countries, as well as unlabeled writings related to astrolabes and synthetic protective coatings for metals.

Research material represents a majority of the records, and consists of accumulated research notes, citation lists, and object sketches. Subjects of the research material are related to metallurgy, iconography, metals commonly used in metalwork, geology and mining, and histories of metalwork in ranging locations or eras.

Printed material contains published articles from periodicals, a bulletin from the Detroit Institute of Arts, catalogues of scholarly publications available for purchase, and reviews of Aga-Oglu's published works.

Graphic materials present in the collection include maps depicting areas such as the Middle East, the northern Arabian Peninsula, and Northern India during different eras, and hand traced maps with marked metalliferous mine locations; and a substantial number of photographs of objects and artworks.
Arrangement:
The Mehmet Aga-Oglu papers are arranged in five series.

Series 1: Manuscript Drafts

Series 2: Research Files

Series 3: Printed Material

Series 4: Maps

Series 5: Photographs
Biographical Note:
Dr. Mehmet Aga-Oglu was an Islamic art historian and professor born on August 4, 1896 at Erivan in Russia Caucasia.

In 1916, Dr. Aga-Oglu was awarded a Doctor of Letters in the history, philosophy, and languages of Islamic countries from the University of Moscow. Following his graduation, Dr. Aga-Oglu traveled through Turkistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Asia Minor studying Islamic art. Dr. Aga-Oglu returned to academia in 1921 at the University of Istanbul where he studied the history of Islam and the Ottoman Empire.

During his time as a student at the University of Istanbul, he traveled extensively to European universities as a part of his program of study. This included studying Near Eastern art and architecture under Dr. Ernst Herzfeld in Berlin; classical and early Christian archaeology and Western art at the University of Jena; and completing his art history studies in Vienna. Dr. Aga-Oglu was awarded a Ph.D in philosophy in 1926.

Dr. Aga-Oglu was appointed curator by the Department of the National Museum in Istanbul in 1927. In 1929, the city of Detroit recruited Dr. Aga-Oglu to build the Department of Near Eastern Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In 1933, he was appointed as Chair of the History of Islamic Art at the University of Michigan. He joined the university first as a Freer Fellow and Lecturer and then later became a professor.

Dr. Aga-Oglu's accomplishments during his tenure included representing the University and the Detroit Institute of the Arts at the Millennium Celebration of Firdausi and the Congress of Orientalists in Tehran in 1934; organizing an exhibition of Islamic art at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco in 1937; founding and serving as editor of the periodical Ars Islamica; and serving as a Visiting Professor at the Summer Seminar of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Princeton University in 1935 and 1938.

Following his departure from the University of Michigan in 1938, Dr. Aga-Oglu primarily focused on research and writing. His publications include Persian Bookbindings of the Fifteenth Century, History of Islamic Art, and Safawid Rugs and Textiles. From 1948 to 1949, Dr. Aga-Oglu consulted for the Textile Museum in Washington D.C.

Beginning in 1940, Dr. Aga-Oglu planned, researched, and wrote drafts of his unpublished work Corpus of Islamic Metalwork. His project was intended to be a multi-volume work, but was not completed. Dr. Aga-Oglu died on July 4, 1949.
Provenance:
Donated by Dr. Kamer Aga-Oglu in 1959.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.
Topic:
Art, Islamic  Search this
Art metal-work, Islamic  Search this
Genre/Form:
Maps
Photographs
Notes
Citation:
Mehmet Aga-Oglu Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Dr. Kamer Aga-Oglu, 1959.
Identifier:
FSA.A.10
See more items in:
Mehmet Aga-Oglu Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3ff787517-13d1-43f7-a21f-1b37c856ca4e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a-10

Art, history, and power in the Dutse Palace

Author:
Ochonu, Moses Ebe  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Nigeria
Dutse
Dutse (Nigeria : Emirate)
Date:
2010
Topic:
Royal palaces  Search this
Court art  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Architectural  Search this
Art, Islamic  Search this
Knots and splices in African art  Search this
Knots (Motifs)  Search this
Call number:
N7380 .C758
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_953549

Art section, Indian Museum, Calcutta : a short guide book / written and prepared by Chintamoni Kar and Tinkari Mukerjee

Author:
Indian Museum  Search this
Mukerjee, Tinkari  Search this
Kara, Cintāmaṇi 1915-2005  Search this
Subject:
Indian Museum  Search this
Physical description:
[36] p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
India
Kolkata
Date:
1958
Topic:
Art, Indic  Search this
Islamic art  Search this
Call number:
N7307.C26 I63
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_892498

Die Kunst der Mauren : islamische Traditionen in Nordafrika und Südspanien / Burchard Brentjes

Author:
Brentjes, Burchard  Search this
Physical description:
282 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa, North
Spain
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Islamic art  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
N7387.B74 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_431336

L'art en Algérie par G. Marçais

Author:
Marçais, Georges 1876-1962  Search this
Physical description:
166 pages [12] plates, plans 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Algeria
Date:
1906
Topic:
Art  Search this
Islamic art  Search this
Call number:
N7388 .M313 1906
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_276517

In the track of the Moors sketches in Spain and Northern Africa with 63 illustrations in colour and many drawings in the text by Augustine Fitzgerald

Author:
Fitzgerald, Sybil  Search this
Illustrator:
Fitzgerald, Augustine  Search this
Physical description:
x, 204 pages illustrations, 63 color pl. (including front.) 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa, North
Spain
North Africa
Date:
1905
Topic:
Art, Arabic  Search this
Islamic art  Search this
Travel  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
D199.3 .F48X 1905
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_275226

Examining Recent AMSG Acquisitions

Author:
Ploskonka, Jeffrey  Search this
Subject:
Lowry, Glenn D  Search this
Beach, Milo Cleveland  Search this
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1986
Topic:
Art, Islamic  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Artifacts  Search this
Museums--Acquisitions  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Standard number:
86-201-19 or 86-201.19
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8966

Agency history, 1944-1991

Creator:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Curatorial - Near Eastern Art  Search this
Subject:
Atıl, Esin  Search this
Lowry, Glenn D  Search this
Ettinghausen, Richard  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Curatorial - Islamic Near Eastern Art  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Curatorial - Ancient Near Eastern Art  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Office of the Director  Search this
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
Middle East
Date:
1944
1944-1991
Topic:
Art  Search this
Art museum curators  Search this
Art, Islamic  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00317
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_228163

Agency history, 1992-

Creator:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Curatorial - Islamic Near Eastern Art  Search this
Subject:
Atıl, Esin  Search this
Simpson, Marianna Shreve 1949-  Search this
Farhad, Massumeh  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Curatorial - Near Eastern Art  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Chief Curator  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
Middle East
Date:
1992
1992-
Topic:
Art museum curators  Search this
Art, Islamic  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00319
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_228167

Ad Reinhardt lecture

Creator:
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Names:
Washington Gallery of Modern Art (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1966 Jan
Scope and Contents:
A lecture, "Islamic Art" delivered by Ad Reinhardt at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art in Washington, D.C.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
Donor is unspecified.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art, Islamic  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.reinadlc
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91736ba47-e307-4dd6-8030-406cbbe1c4bb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-reinadlc

Richard Ettinghausen Papers

Creator:
Ettinghausen, Richard  Search this
Extent:
20 Feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
This collection including working papers of Ettinghausen. There are also many photographs of metal work, manuscripts, and paintings.
Biographical / Historical:
Richard Ettinghausen (1906-1979) was a German born and educated scholar of Islamic history and art history. Educated at University of Frankfurt, he emmigrated to the United States in 1938. He taught at a number of institutions including the University of Michigan before joining the Freer Gallery of Art in 1944 where he became chief curator. Ettinghausen's extensive publications and exhibitions touched on many facets of Iranian art history contributed greatly to field.
Local Numbers:
FSA A2002.07
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Art, Islamic  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Identifier:
FSA.A2002.07
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc341164a12-a61d-4e1c-a099-45aa5b065988
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2002-07
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Henri Vever Papers

Creator:
Vever, Henri, 1854-1942  Search this
Names:
Vever, Henri, 1854-1942  Search this
Extent:
2.5 Linear feet (circa 35 items)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Diaries
Place:
Le Havre (France)
Paris (France)
Date:
1867-1932
Summary:
The papers of Parisian jeweler and art collector Henri Vever (1854-1942) include six diaries; a ledger of his art acquisitions; original oil paintings by Vever; and photographs. The materials document Vever's circle of friends, patrons, and other art collectors in turn-of-the-century Paris.
Scope and Content Note:
The Henri Vever Papers measure 2.5 linear feet (35 items) and span the years 1875 --1932. The collection contains six diaries, an account ledger, 20 photographs, one guest list, one ceremonial pommel, and six original oil paintings by Henri Vever.
Arrangement note:
This collection is organized into five series:

Series 1: Diaries, 1878-1901

Series 2: Account Ledger, 1894, 1907-1917

Series 3: Photographs, 1867-1932, n.d

— Subseries 3.1: Henri Vever and Family

— Subseries 3.2: Vever Family Estate in Noyers, France

Series 4: Art Works, 1914-1915

— Subseries 4.1: Pommel

— Subseries 4.2: Le Havre, France

— Subseries 4.3: Château de Noyers
Biographical Information:
Henri Vever Chronology

1854 -- Vever born in Metz, France.

1870 -- Following the German annexation of Metz during the Franco-Prussian War, the Vever family leaves Metz for Luxembourg.

1871 -- Jean-Jacques Ernest Vever (father of Henri) buys a jewelry studio in Paris. Vever begins apprenticeship at Loguet and at Hallet and attends night classes at the Ecole des Art Décoratif in Paris.

1873 -- Vever enters the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the studios of M.A. Millet and J.L. Gérôme.

1881 -- Jean-Jacques Ernest Vever retires and Vever and his brother Paul assume control of the jewelry shop (Maison Vever). Henri Vever marries Jeanne Monthiers.

1882 -- Jeanne Vever gives birth to Marguerite Vever, the couple's only child.

1885 -- Vever buys first painting.

1891 -- Vever travels to Russia where the Maison Vever takes part in a jewelry exhibition in Moscow.

1892 -- Vever becomes a regular participant of the dîners japonisants organized by art dealer Siegfried Bing.

1893 -- Vever appointed commissioner for jewelry to the World's Columbian Exposition, in Chicago. Maison Vever exhibits jewelry at the Exposition.

1894 -- Vever donates forty Japanese prints to the Louvre.

1900 -- Vever joins the Société Franco-Japonasie and is elected the mayor of Noyers, France.

1906-1908 -- Vever publishes, Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle.

1913 -- With Georges Marteau, Vever authors, Miniatures Persanesa catalogue of the 1912 Exposition des Arts Musulmans.

1915 -- Paul Vever dies.

1919 -- Maison Vever commissioned to make sword of honor offered to Marshall Ferdinand Foch by the city of Paris to celebrate the end of World War I.

1921 -- Vever retires.

1939 -- Marguerite Vever dies.

1942 -- Henri Vever dies.

1982 -- Maison Vever closes.

Jeweler, art collector, and author Henri Vever was born in Metz, France in 1854. Together with his older brother Paul, Henri Vever managed the family jewelry firm, Maison Vever, from 1881 until Paul's death in 1915 and Henri's retirement in 1921. As an art collector, Vever amassed a large collection of European, Asian, and Islamic art. Through his work as a jeweler, art collector, and author, Henri Vever played an important role in the twentieth-century art world.

To equip him with the proper skills to run Maison Vever, Henri Vever apprenticed in the studios of Louguet and of Hallet and attended the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in 1871. Two years later, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts accepted Henri and he entered the studios of artists M.A. Millet and J.L. Gérôme. Jean-Jacque Ernest Vever retired from Maison Vever in 1881 and his two sons, Henri and Paul, assumed control.

The youngest son of Jean-Jacques Ernest Vever, Henri Vever was born into a family of jewelers. His grandfather, Pierre-Paul Vever, launched a successful jewelry shop in Metz in 1854. Upon retirement, Pierre-Paul Vever's son, Henri's father, assumed control of the shop. With the German annexation of Metz during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, Jean-Jacque Ernest Vever took his family to Luxembourg and one year later acquired a jewelry shop at 19 Rue de la Paix in Paris and named the new shop Maison Vever.

That same year Henri married Jeanne Monthiers and she gave birth to the couple's only child, Margeurite, in 1882. Henri, Jeanne, and Margeurite Vever lived at 19 Rue de la Paix in the same building that housed Maison Vever. In 1892 Jeanne Vever inherited her family's estate in Noyers, France.

The Vever brothers ran a very successful jewelry studio. Not only did Maison Vever's clientele base expand during their tenure, but its designs were often prizewinners at various expositions around the world. The 1900 Exposition Universalle in Paris offers an example. The Maison Vever submission won a Grand Prix at this exposition in which the art movement Art Nouveau played a major role.

Henri Vever was a proponent of the Art Nouveau movement, a turn-of-the-century art movement whose adherents sought to forge a new, modern style, one that would, "reunite art and craft." According to curator Glenn Lowry, Vever's interest in Art Nouveau affected the Maison Vever's designs. "…during the 1880s many of the Maison Vever's designs were highly traditional, by the beginning of the 1890s the firm was at the vanguard of the art nouveau movement.

In addition to his work at Maison Vever, Vever amassed an enormous and influential collection of European, Asian, and Islamic art. Initially a collector of European art, by the late 1880s Vever's collecting interests expanded to include Asian and then Islamic art works. According to Lowry, Vever's interest in Islamic art was sparked in 1891 when he traveled to Moscow to participate in a jewelry exhibition. In approximately 1892 Vever joined Les Amis de l'Art Japonais, a group whose members met for dinners at which they discussed Japanese art. Claude Monet was also a member of this group.

From 1906 to 1908, Vever published a three-volume series, Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle . This set became the, "standard text on nineteenth-century jewelry". Through his art collections, writings, and profession, Henri Vever played an important role in the twentieth-century art world. He acquired a large art collection and often loaned pieces out for exhibition to various galleries and museums throughout the world. Henri Vever retired from Maison Vever in 1921 and the sons of Paul Vever, André and Pierre, took over the reigns. Henri Vever died in 1942 at the country estate in Noyers. Maison Vever continued operation until 1982 when it permanently shut its doors.
General note:
For a more detailed look at the life of Henri Vever, please see the following publication from which much of this biographical information originates: Lowry, G.D. with Nemazee, S. (1988). -- A jeweler's eye: Islamic arts of the book from the Vever Collection -- . Washington D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Insitution with Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Biographical Overview

1854 -- Vever born in Metz, France.

1870 -- Following the German annexation of Metz during the Franco-Prussian War, the Vever family leaves Metz for Luxembourg.

1871 -- Jean-Jacques Ernest Vever (father of Henri) buys a jewelry studio in Paris. Vever begins apprenticeship at Loguet and at Hallet and attends night classes at the Ecole des Art Décoratif in Paris.

1873 -- Vever enters the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the studios of M.A. Millet and J.L. Gérôme.

1881 -- Jean-Jacques Ernest Vever retires and Vever and his brother Paul assume control of the jewelry shop (Maison Vever). Henri Vever marries Jeanne Monthiers.

1882 -- Jeanne Vever gives birth to Marguerite Vever, the couple's only child.

1885 -- Vever buys first painting.

1891 -- Vever travels to Russia where the Maison Vever takes part in a jewelry exhibition in Moscow.

1892 -- Vever becomes a regular participant of the dîners japonisants organized by art dealer Siegfried Bing.

1893 -- Vever appointed commissioner for jewelry to the World's Columbian Exposition, in Chicago. Maison Vever exhibits jewelry at the Exposition.

1894 -- Vever donates forty Japanese prints to the Louvre.

1900 -- Vever joins the Société Franco-Japonasie and is elected the mayor of Noyers, France.

1906-1908 -- Vever publishes, Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle.

1913 -- With Georges Marteau, Vever authors, Miniatures Persanes a catalogue of the 1912 Exposition des Arts Musulmans.

1915 -- Paul Vever dies.

1919 -- Maison Vever commissioned to make sword of honor offered to Marshall Ferdinand Foch by the city of Paris to celebrate the end of World War I.

1921 -- Vever retires.

1939 -- Marguerite Vever dies.

1942 -- Henri Vever dies.

1982 -- Maison Vever closes.
Related Archival Materials note:
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery holds the, Vever Collection of Islamic Manuscripts. Additionally, the Archives holds, the Vever Family Photograph Album which contains photographs depicting the Vever family from 1881-1930 and the family estate in Noyers, France.
Provenance:
The Henri Vever Papers were donated to the Archives by the grandson of Henri Vever, François Mautin, in 1988. Additionally, Mr. Mautin donated six original oil paintings by Henri Vever to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in 1988. These paintings were transferred to the Archives in 1993.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- France -- Paris  Search this
Topic:
Art nouveau  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Jewelry -- History -- Twentieth century -- France  Search this
Art, Islamic  Search this
Art, European  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- France -- Paris  Search this
Jewelry -- History -- Nineteenth century -- France  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Diaries
Citation:
Henri Vever Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Gift of François Mautin, 1988
Henri Vever Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of François Mautin, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.04
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Henri Vever Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3d3281055-b7bc-4181-ba67-3231bf2750e6
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a1988-04
Online Media:

Audiovisual Files

Topic:
Mirror of Kings: Tales from Kalila Wa Dimna (Motion picture : 1982)
Legacy of Mamluks (Motion picture)
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
1981-1989
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of audio-visual records maintained by Esin Atil, Associate Curator of Near Eastern Art and, later, Coordinator of Special Programs. Materials include VHS and Beta videotapes of seminars and exhibitions, a VHS tape of "The Legacy of Mamluks," and a 16 mm print of "Mirror of Kings: Tales from Kalila Wa Kimna."
Topic:
Art museum curators  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Islamic  Search this
Genre/Form:
Videotapes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-230, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Curatorial - Near Eastern Art, Audiovisual Files
Identifier:
Accession 01-230
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Audiovisual Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa01-230

Curatorial Correspondence

Extent:
2.5 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Date:
1986-2008
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of correspondence created and maintained by Massumeh Farhad, Associate Curator of Islamic Near Eastern Art, 1995-2004, and Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art, 2004- , documenting interactions with professional colleagues, organizations, donors, collectors, and researchers regarding research, collections, acquisitions, objects, professional activities, and related topics. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence as well as enclosures such as object images, clippings, brochures, research papers, and related materials. Some materials were inherited by Farhad from previous curators including Glenn D. Lowry, Curator of Near Eastern Art, 1984-1991, and Marianna Shreve Simpson, Curator of Islamic Near Eastern Art, 1992-1995.
Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2024; Transferring office; 9/15/2015 memorandum, Wright to Farhad/Stein/Amrod; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Art museum curators  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Islamic  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-345, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Curatorial - Islamic Near Eastern Art, Curatorial Correspondence
Identifier:
Accession 15-345
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Curatorial Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa15-345

Correspondence

Extent:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Black-and-white negatives
Color photographs
Date:
1983-1986, 1989
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records created and maintained by Glenn D. Lowry, Curator of Near Eastern Art, documenting his interactions with the public, scholars, and colleagues. Materials consist of correspondence, memoranda, and enclosures.
Topic:
Art museum curators  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Islamic  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Black-and-white negatives
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-248, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Curatorial - Near Eastern Art, Correspondence
Identifier:
Accession 01-248
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Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa01-248

Photographs

Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1972-1978, 1983
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of black and white and color photographs, color transparencies, and black and white negatives maintained by Esin Atil, Associate Curator of Near Eastern Art, documenting visits from dignitaries and exhibition openings. Also included are photographs of Atil.
Topic:
Art museum curators  Search this
Art museums  Search this
Art, Asian  Search this
Art, Islamic  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-251, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Curatorial - Near Eastern Art, Photographs
Identifier:
Accession 01-251
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Photographs
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa01-251

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