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Pauline B. and Myron S. Falk, Jr. Papers

Creator:
Falk, Johnny, 1906-1992  Search this
Falk, Pauline  Search this
Names:
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee  Search this
Asia House Gallery  Search this
Bennington College  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Chinese Art Society of America  Search this
Columbia University. Teachers College. Lincoln School  Search this
Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
National Refugee Service (U.S.)  Search this
Pan American World Airways, Inc.  Search this
Baerwald, Paul, 1871-1961  Search this
David, Percival, Sir, 1892-1964  Search this
Lawton, Thomas, 1931-  Search this
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Salmony, Alfred, 1890-1958  Search this
Sickman, L. C. S. (Laurence C. S.)  Search this
Stern, Harold P.  Search this
Wenley, A. G. (Archibald Gibson), 1898-1962  Search this
Extent:
24 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographs
Diaries
Maps
Place:
China -- Description and Travel
China
USA -- New York -- New York
Date:
1904-1998
bulk 1935-1980
Scope and Contents:
Papers of art collectors Pauline Baerwald Falk (1910-2000) and Myron (Johnny) Falk Jr. (1906-1992), 1904-1998. Created and collected by the Falks, this collection includes: biographical data; black-and-white and color prints of art objects and people; photo albums of art objects in the Falk's art collection; symposium papers, scholarly reviews, and newspaper articles on Chinese art; Professor Alfred Salmony's lecture notes, Metropolitan Museum; purchase invoices for Chinese art, Japanese art, and Korean art; photographs, receipts, itineraries, one seal, atlases, and journals relating to the Falk's various trips to Asia and Europe, personal correspondence and correspondence with art dealers; guest books from 17 East 66th Street, New York and 888 Park Ave., New York, signed by guests from 1949-1997; committee papers; exhibition loan forms, Mr. Falk's notes about the collection and sale results from property consigned for sale; and four reels 16mm motion picture film taken during the Falk's 1937 trip to Asia.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into five series. 1. Correspondence; 2. Personal papers; 3. Professional papers; 4. Travel related materials; 5. Falk art collection related materials.
Biographical / Historical:
Myron S. (Johnny) Falk Jr., and his wife Pauline Baerwald Falk were active philanthropists, prominent Asian art collectors and were both active in the Jewish and Art communities.
The purchase that started their collection happened while on their 1935 honeymoon in the English countryside where they came upon two blue-and-white Ming Dynasty porcelain dishes. Later, taking one of the inaugural Pan Am Clipper flights to China in 1937, their collecting began in earnest. There are home movies in the collection taken by Johnny that document their trip to a largely untouched China. However, because China was closed to the West starting in 1950, they were unable to return until 1979.
As collectors, the Falks made a good team. Due to his engineering background from school, Johnny became an expert on firing techniques and glazes; while Pauline was known as the ''eye.'' Their fervent and long-term involvement in the Asian art community led them to become close friends with the biggest dealers in America and Europe.
Johnny and Pauline collected wares of the Song dynasty, archaic bronzes, jades, stone sculptures, several fine Ming and Qing porcelains, Korean ceramics, and nearly 100 Japanese paintings. After more than fifty years collecting their art work totaled over 700 items.
Johnny and Pauline lent their artworks to museums, advised art institutions in the United States and abroad, and fostered the training of a new generation of curators, scholars and other professionals in the Asian art field.
Johnny was an investment banker, philanthropist and prominent collector of Asian art. He was a longtime trustee of the Asia Society and helped found the Oriental Art Council, Roebling Society of the Brooklyn Museum and Japan Society Gallery. He also served as a director of the New York Foundation and Hebrew Technical Institute, a board member of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and chairman of the Bennington College board of trustees.
Pauline was a philanthropist, collector of Asian art, president of the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, and founder of the New Lincoln School in Manhattan. She worked with displaced Jewish refugees before and during World War II. She was active in the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and became a founding member of the National Refugee Service, the Council for Jewish Women and the Jewish Social Service Association.
Together they were strong supporters of the Asia Society, the Chinese Art Society, they helped establish the Friends of Asia House Gallery in 1971, and founded the Friends of the China Institute in America Gallery. They also established the "Archives of Chinese Art" in 1945 an important scholarly journal that is published today by The Asia Society as the "Archives of Asian Art," and are among the founding members of the Friends of the Far Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Friends of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
Local Numbers:
FSA A2002.03
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Bronzes, Chinese  Search this
Ceramics -- China  Search this
Art, Asian -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographs
Diaries -- 20th century
Maps -- 20th century
Identifier:
FSA.A2002.03
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Pauline B. and Myron S. Falk, Jr. Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2002-03
Online Media:

Articles, "To the Rescue," Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America

Collection Creator:
Singer, Paul, 1904-  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965-1969
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
The Paul Singer Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
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Paul Singer Papers
Paul Singer Papers / Series 3: Writings and Notes
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1991-01-ref134

Published Articles by Paul Singer, Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America

Collection Creator:
Singer, Paul, 1904-  Search this
Container:
Box 24, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1988
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
The Paul Singer Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
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Paul Singer Papers
Paul Singer Papers / Series 8: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1991-01-ref288

"A Chinese Buddhist Pewter with a Ming Date," Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America, 1962, reprint

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
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John Alexander Pope Papers
John Alexander Pope Papers / Series 3: Published and Unpublished Materials / 3.1: Articles, Lectures and Manuscripts
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-01-ref271

Chinese Art Society of America, untitled lecture, 1945

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
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John Alexander Pope Papers
John Alexander Pope Papers / Series 3: Published and Unpublished Materials / 3.1: Articles, Lectures and Manuscripts
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-01-ref291

Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America, volume IV, book review manuscript, 1951

Collection Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
Collection Source:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Collection Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
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John Alexander Pope Papers
John Alexander Pope Papers / Series 3: Published and Unpublished Materials / 3.1: Articles, Lectures and Manuscripts
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a1988-01-ref308

Chinese Art Society of America, 1944-1954: Correspondence between Archibald Wenley and the Chinese Art Society, developing the Organizing Committee for a proposed Chinese Art Society of America

Collection Creator::
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 23
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 03-018, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Central Files
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Central Files
Central Files / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa03-018-refidd1e1881

Palace Ladies Playing Double Sixes

Artist:
Traditionally attributed to Zhou Fang (傳)周昉 (ca. 730-ca. 800)  Search this
Medium:
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
H x W (overall image): 30.5 x 69.1 cm (12 x 27 3/16 in)
Type:
Painting
Origin:
China
Date:
late 12th to mid-13th century
Period:
Southern Song dynasty
Topic:
playing  Search this
Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279)  Search this
China  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
WWII-era provenance  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Jean-Pierre Dubosc, Lugano, Switzerland
Accession Number:
F1960.4
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye3bd795ab4-59fd-4eb0-b04c-97cdb301f61f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1960.4

Figure of an entertainer

Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 8.8 × 5.1 × 4.1 cm (3 7/16 × 2 × 1 5/8 in)
Type:
Sculpture
Metalwork
Origin:
China
Date:
5th century BCE
Period:
Eastern Zhou dynasty
Topic:
Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE)  Search this
casting  Search this
man  Search this
China  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
WWII-era provenance  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
F1951.7a
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye30fcd03d1-b541-4ae7-bc83-13c12ae863af
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1951.7a

Qin tuning key (qin zhenyao) with crouching bear

Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 9.3 × 3.9 × 2.1 cm (3 11/16 × 1 9/16 × 13/16 in)
Type:
Musical Instrument
Origin:
China
Date:
5th century BCE
Period:
Eastern Zhou dynasty
Topic:
bear  Search this
Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE)  Search this
China  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
WWII-era provenance  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
F1951.7b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye3f7285be9-5fd2-4bb3-858d-3d82296d1026
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1951.7b

Wooden tray covered with lacquer

Medium:
Lacquer
Dimensions:
Diam: 31.2 cm (12 5/16 in)
Type:
Lacquer
Container
Origin:
Changsha, Hunan province, China
Date:
4th-3rd century BCE
Period:
Eastern Zhou dynasty
Topic:
Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE)  Search this
China  Search this
Chinese Art  Search this
WWII-era provenance  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number:
F1954.19
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Google Cultural Institute
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye3c822da81-dfd0-496f-88ce-8dfc52940657
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1954.19

Arts of the Han Dynasty; [exhibition at] Asia House, New York, February-March, 1961. [Organized, arranged and catalogued by Henry Trubner

Author:
Trubner, Henry  Search this
Asia House Gallery  Search this
Chinese Art Society of America  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. ill. 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1961
1961.]
Qin-Han dynasties, 221 B.C.-220 A.D
Topic:
Art objects, Chinese  Search this
Art, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
NK1068 .T86
NK1068.T86
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_51496

Small sculpture, Shang through Sung dynasties : a loan exhibition

Author:
China House  Search this
Chinese Art Society of America  Search this
Physical description:
[16] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1954
[1954]
Topic:
Sculpture, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
NB1043 .S63
NB1043.S63
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_144600

Kung Hsien and the Nanking school : some Chinese paintings of the seventeenth century, a loan exhibition [March 17-April 16, 1955, China House, New York City]

Author:
Lippe, Aschwin 1914-1988  Search this
China House  Search this
Chinese Art Society of America  Search this
Physical description:
10 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1955
[1955?]
Topic:
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
ND1042 .L765
759.951 .C49
ND1042.L765
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_144608

Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America

Author:
Asia Society  Search this
Physical description:
19 v. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1946
1965
[1946-1965]
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_842291

Address by Paul Pelliot : delivered at a meeting of the Chinese Art Society of America, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lecture Hall, January 25, 1945

Author:
Chinese Art Society of America  Search this
Subject:
Pelliot, Paul 1878-1945  Search this
Physical description:
[15] p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1945
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Call number:
709.5 .P5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_859122

The art of Eastern Chou, 772-221 B. C. : a loan exhibition

Author:
Chinese Art Society of America  Search this
Bunker, Emmy Cadwalader  Search this
Bunker, John B. Mrs  Search this
China House Gallery  Search this
Subject:
China House Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1962
To 221 B.C
Topic:
Art, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
709.51 .A81
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_859261

Japanese paintings : a loan exhibition from the collections of Mr. & Mrs. Osborne Hauge, Mr. Victor Hauge, 1958 / sponsored by the Chinese Art Society of America and the Japan Society

Author:
Stern, Harold P  Search this
Hauge, Osborne  Search this
Hauge, Victor  Search this
Hauge, Osborne Mrs  Search this
Chinese Art Society of America  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
China House  Search this
Subject:
Haugue, Osborne Art collections  Search this
Haugue, Osborne Mrs Art collections  Search this
Haugue, Victor Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
10 p., 4 leaves of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1958
Topic:
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
759.952 .S8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_862063

An exhibition of Chinese mirrors / presented by the Chinese Art Society of America at China House

Author:
Chinese Art Society of America  Search this
Lyons, Elizabeth  Search this
China House Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
[7] p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
China
Date:
1951
1951]
Topic:
Mirrors  Search this
Call number:
739.151 .C55
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863110

Art of late Eastern Chou : a loan exhibition / Chinese Art Society of America

Author:
Chinese Art Society of America  Search this
Lyons, Elizabeth  Search this
China House Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
14 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1952
Topic:
Art, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
739.151 .C56 1952
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863111

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