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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
See more items in:
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:

John Alexander Pope Papers

Creator:
Pope, John Alexander, 1906-1982  Search this
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
Former owner:
Aga-Olgu, Kamer, 1903-  Search this
Dubosc, Jean-Pierre, 1903  Search this
Mayuyama, Junkichi, 1913-1999  Search this
Warner, Langdon (1881-1955)  Search this
Names:
David, Percival, Sir, 1892-1964  Search this
Extent:
45 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1925-1982
Summary:
The John Alexander Pope papers contain limited biographical, personal and professional information. The bulk of the collection consists of published and unpublished writings, research materials and correspondence.
Arrangement note:
The collection is arranged into six major series. A seventh series inventories outsize materials contained in the other series.

Series 1: Biographic Material

Subseries 1.1: Academic and Professional Life

Subseries 1.2: Personal and Official Photographs of Pope, Family and Colleagues

Series 2: John A. Pope Asian Ceramics and Art Collection

Series 3: Published and Unpublished Materials

Subseries 3.1: Articles, Lectures and Manuscripts

Subseries 3.2: Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine: Research Materials and Publication Correspondence

Series 4: Research Material: Subject Files

Subseries: 4.1: Asian Art and Ceramics: Background Material

Subseries 4.2: Chinese Ceramics

Subseries 4.3: Chinese Ceramics and the Porcelain Trade

Subseries 4.4: Japanese and Korean Ceramics

Series 5: Travel

Subseries 5.1: Itineraries, Expenses and Notes

Subseries 5.2: Photographs, Negatives and Slides

Series 6: Correspondence

Series 7: Inventory of Outsize Materials
Biographical/Historical note:
John Alexander Pope was a renowned scholar and authority on Asian art, especially Chinese and Japanese ceramics. He spent most of his professional career at the Freer Gallery of Art, which he joined in 1943 as an Associate in Research. He later served as Assistant Director (1946 to 1962) and then as Director (1962 to 1971). After his retirement in 1971, he continued at the Freer as Director Emeritus and Research Curator for Far Eastern Ceramics. Pope was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 4, 1906 and died in Washington D.C. on September 18, 1982. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in English literature from Yale College. In 1929, prior to graduation, he joined the China International Famine Relief Commission sent to survey famine conditions in the Yellow River valley. As a truck driver for the Commission, he travelled throughout north China giving him an unparalleled chance to see the land and people at first hand. In Beijing, he met and spent time with Alan Priest, later curator of Far Eastern Ceramics at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a 1972 letter, Pope recalled his time with Priest in 1929 as "the most important factor in my subsequent decision to go into the field." From 1934 to 1941 he was a graduate student at Harvard University, studying Chinese and Japanese languages and the history, archaeology and art of these countries. He spent 1938 as a Travelling Fellow of the Harvard-Yenching Institute studying Chinese archaeology at the University of London; he also travelled to Stockholm, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin to study museum and private ceramic collections. Harvard awarded him an M.A. degree in 1940 and a Ph. D. in 1955. From 1945 to 1946, on leave of absence from the Freer, Pope served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve posted to Tianjin, China as a Chinese language interpreter. He travelled frequently to Beijing, spending time with Jean Pierre Dubosc and other Chinese art connoisseurs. In introductory notes to a 1979 lecture he recalled that on one of these Beijing trips he made his "first purchase of blue-and-white." Thus began of a life-long interest in Chinese blue-and-white porcelain in general and establishing criteria and a methodology for dating and stylistic analysis of 14th and 15th century blue-and-white in particular. His publications included analysis of important collections of Chinese ceramics, for example those at the Topkapi Sarayi in Istanbul and at the Ardabil Shrine in Iran. Many of his lectures, articles and research trips focused on Chinese trade ceramics, not only in European collections but also from Asian shipwrecks and at sites ranging from East Africa to The Philippines. Pope made his first trip to Japan in 1956. In his 1979 notes he wrote: "My visit to Karatsu and meeting with the Nakazato family started my serious interest in Japanese ceramics." He made many trips to Japan beginning in the late 1960s, often spending several months at a time visiting important kiln sites and Japanese potters as well as collectors. His research emphasis gradually shifted to Japanese porcelain and the issues of dating and identifying kiln sites and wares. At the time of his death he was researching a book on Japanese porcelain. Over time Pope created a substantial personal collection of Chinese and Japanese ceramics. He developed an extensive network of connoisseurs, dealers and scholars. He travelled frequently, visiting public and private collections, attending various symposia, and meeting with a wide range of colleagues involved in the world of Asian ceramics. He belonged to many professional associations and served as advisor or board member for several museums and academic institutions.
Related Material:
James Cahill Papers

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SIA Acc, 03-018, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Central Files, 1919-1986

Freer Gallery Study Collection, ceramic shards donated by John Alexander Pope, see http://www.open.asia.si.edu search John Pope.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- Japan  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Topic:
Blue and White Ware-China  Search this
Pottery-Japanese-Collector and Collecting  Search this
Oriental Ceramic Society London  Search this
Photography -- China  Search this
Pottery-Chinese-Collectors and Collecting  Search this
Pottery - Asia  Search this
Pottery-Japan  Search this
Pottery -- China  Search this
Citation:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.01
See more items in:
John Alexander Pope Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a1988-01
Online Media:

A commentary on Ju Ware / by Sir Percival David

Author:
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964  Search this
Oriental Ceramic Society  Search this
Physical description:
53 pages, leaves 6-33 of plates : illustrations ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1937
Northern Sung dynasty, 960-1126
Topic:
Ru ware  Search this
Pottery, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
NK4165.4 .D38 1937
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1113700

Chūgoku tōji no shihō Eikoku Deividdo korekushon = Masterpieces of Chinese ceramics from the Percival David collection / [henshū Sezon Bijutsukan ... [et al.]]

Title:
中国陶磁の至宝英国デイヴィッド・コレクション = Masterpieces of Chinese ceramics from the Percival David collection / [編集セゾン美術館 ... [et al.]]
Eikoku Deividdo korekushon
英国デイヴィッド・コレクション
Masterpieces of Chinese ceramics from the Percival David collection
Author:
Sezon Bijutsukan  Search this
JAC Project  Search this
Subject:
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964 Art collections  Search this
Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art  Search this
Physical description:
181 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
England
London
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Pottery, Chinese  Search this
Porcelain, Chinese  Search this
Pottery--Private collections  Search this
Porcelain--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
NK4165 .C514 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_843844

A collector's vision : ceramics for the Qianlong Emperor / Stacey Pierson with Amy Barnes

Title:
Ceramics for the Qianlong Emperor
Author:
Pierson, Stacey  Search this
Barnes, Amy  Search this
Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art  Search this
Subject:
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964  Search this
Qianlong Emperor of China 1711-1799  Search this
Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art  Search this
Physical description:
120 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 21 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
2002
C[2002]
Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912
Topic:
Porcelain, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
NK4565.5 .C667 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_853341

The Sho͠so͠-in / By Sir Percival David, bart. ..

Author:
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964  Search this
Subject:
Shōsōin (Nara-shi, Japan)  Search this
Japan Society (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 p.l., 54 p. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1932
Call number:
708.952.J36 D21
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_858883

The Chinese Exhibition, lectures on Chinese art

Author:
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964  Search this
Physical description:
11 p
Type:
Books
Date:
1935
1935]
Call number:
709.51 .D24
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_860012

Chinese conoisseurship : the Ko Ku Yao Lun, the essential criteria of antiquities / a translation made and edited by Sir Percival David, with a facsimile of the Chinese text of 1388

Author:
Cao, Zhao 14th cent  Search this
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964  Search this
Physical description:
lxiii, 351 p. : ill., plates ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1971
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Topic:
Art, Chinese  Search this
Art--Expertising  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
709.51 .D25
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_860019

Exhibition of Ju and Kuan wares, Imperial wares of the Sung synasty, related wares and the Sung dynasty, related wares and derivatives of later date. : Catalogue of an exhibition from Nov. 12th Dec. 13, 1952 / Introduction by Sir Percival David

Author:
Oriental Ceramic Society, London  Search this
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964  Search this
Physical description:
16 pp. 6 pl
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1952
Topic:
Pottery  Search this
Call number:
738.51 .07 1952a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_860925

Illustrated catalogue of Ming and Ch'ing monochrome

Author:
Medley, Margaret  Search this
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964  Search this
Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
England
London
China
Date:
1973
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
Topic:
Pottery, Chinese  Search this
Pottery  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
NK4165 .M49
NK4165.M49
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_123255

Chinese connoisseurship: the Ko ku yao lun, the essential criteria of antiquities. A translation made and edited by Sir Percival David, with a facsimile of the Chinese text of 1388

Author:
Cao, Zhao 14th cent  Search this
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964  Search this
Physical description:
lxii, 351 p. illus., 3 col. plates. 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1971
[1971]
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Topic:
Art, Chinese  Search this
Art--Expertising  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
N7343.5.T513 1971bX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_176378

Early Chinese pottery and porcelain

Author:
Gray, Basil 1904-1989-  Search this
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 48 p., [101] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1953
[1953]
Song-Yuan dynasties, 960-1368
Topic:
Porcelain, Chinese  Search this
Pottery, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
738.51 .G7
NK4165.G7 1953X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_182480

Illustrated catalogue of Ming polychrome wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art / by Margaret Medley

Author:
Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art  Search this
Medley, Margaret  Search this
Subject:
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964  Search this
Physical description:
xxx, 49 p., 20 p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
China
Date:
1966
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Topic:
Porcelain, Chinese  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
NK4565 .L85
NK4565.L85
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_195268

Da Ying bo wu guan Daweide jue shi cang Zhongguo tao ci jing xuan / Kang Ruijun, Huo Jishu zhu ; Hang Wei, Li Baoping deng yi ; Li Baoping shen = The British Museum Chinese ceramics : highlights of the Sir Percival David collection / Regina Krahl and Jessica Harrison-Hall

Title:
大英博物馆大维德爵士藏中国陶瓷精选 / 康蕊君, 霍吉淑著 ; 黄薇, 李宝平等译 ; 李宝平审 = The British Museum Chinese ceramics : highlights of the Sir Percival David collection / Regina Krahl and Jessica Harrison-Hall
British Museum Chinese ceramics : highlights of the Sir Percival David collection
Highlights of the Sir Percival David collection
Zhongguo tao ci jing xuan
中国陶瓷精选
Author:
Krahl, Regina  Search this
Harrison-Hall, Jessica  Search this
Translator:
Huang, Wei  Search this
Li, Baoping  Search this
Subject:
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964 Art collections  Search this
British Museum  Search this
Physical description:
174 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
England
London
Date:
2013
Topic:
Porcelain, Chinese  Search this
Porcelain  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1035630

Chinese ceramics : highlights of the Sir Percival David Collection / Regina Krahl and Jessica Harrison-Hall

Title:
British Museum Chinese ceramics : highlights of the Sir Percival David Collection
Author:
Krahl, Regina  Search this
Harrison-Hall, Jessica  Search this
Subject:
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964 Art collections  Search this
British Museum  Search this
Physical description:
96 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
England
Date:
2009
Topic:
Porcelain, Chinese  Search this
Porcelain  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_923662

Collectors, collections and museums : the field of Chinese ceramics in Britain, 1560-1960 / Stacey Pierson

Author:
Pierson, Stacey  Search this
Subject:
David, Percival Sir 1892-1964 Art collections History  Search this
Oriental Ceramic Society Influence  Search this
Physical description:
247 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Pottery, Chinese--Collectors and collecting--History  Search this
Pottery, Chinese--Appreciation--History  Search this
Porcelain, Chinese--Collectors and collecting--History  Search this
Porcelain, Chinese--Appreciation--History  Search this
Call number:
NK4165 .P53237 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_941049

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