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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:

Asiatische Kunst Ausstellung Köln 1926 / bearbeitet von Alfred Salmony mit Anmerkungen von Paul Pelliot

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Kölnischer Kunstverein  Search this
Physical description:
80 p., 100 leaves of plates : ill. ; 39 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1929
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Call number:
709.5 .S151
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_861817

Antler and tongue : an essay on ancient Chinese symbolism and its implications

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
57 p. : ill. (part mounted), ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Folklore
Date:
1954
Topic:
Art, Chinese  Search this
Symbolism in art  Search this
Antlers  Search this
Tongue  Search this
Call number:
398.3 .S1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_858190

Far eastern ceramics : Charles M. Pratt collection

Author:
Vassar College Art Gallery  Search this
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
79 p.[1] p. incl. front., plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1940
1940]
Topic:
Pottery, Asian  Search this
Pottery, East Asian  Search this
Pottery--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
738.5 .V33
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_858433

Exhibition of Japanese art : the Art Gallery, Mills College, March 26 to May 3, 1936

Author:
Friends of Far Eastern Art  Search this
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Mills College Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 77 p., 48 l. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1936
[c1936]
Topic:
Art, Japanese  Search this
Art objects, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
709.52 .F91
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_858571

Sculpture in Siam / by Alfred Salmony ..

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
xvi p., 1 l., 51, [1] p., 1 l. : 70 pl. (part col.) map. ; 33 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Thailand
Date:
1925
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Call number:
730.53 .S17
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_858616

Asiatische Kunst : Ausstellung der Vereinigung der Freunde Ostasiatischer Kunst, Köln, Oktober-November 1926 / bearb. von Alfred Salmony

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Vereinigung der Freunde Ostasiatischer Kunst, Cologne  Search this
Physical description:
77 p., 24 leaves of plates : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1926
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Call number:
709.5 .S15
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_859159

Exhibition of Chinese art : the Art Gallery, Mills College, October 12 to November 25, 1934

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Friends of Far Eastern Art  Search this
Mills College Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
72 p., [48] p. of plates. illis. 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1934
1934]
Topic:
Art, Chinese  Search this
Art objects, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
709.51 .F91
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_860316

The M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, presents an exhibition of Chinese sculpture, Han (206 B.C.-A.D. 220) to Sung (A.D. 960-1279) : July 16 to August 15, 1944. Collection of Jan Kleijkamp and Ellis Monroe, New York City

Author:
Kleijkamp, Jan  Search this
Monroe, Ellis  Search this
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum  Search this
Physical description:
57 p. front, 28 plates on 15 . 38 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1944
1944]
Topic:
Sculpture, Chinese  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Call number:
730.51 .K6
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_862059

Der Wagenrechte Stangenabschluss an der Nordchinesischen Grenze und in China

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
p. 131-135., 2 plates ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1933
[1933]
Call number:
739 .S17
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863083

A Buddhist bronze excavated in South Russia

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
p. [123]-124 : ill ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1943
Call number:
739.151 .S3
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863206

The problem of Pre-Anyang bronzes

Title:
Pre-Anyang bronzes, The problem of
Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
7 leaves, plates ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1952
1952?]
Topic:
Bronzes, Chinese--Shang-Chou  Search this
Call number:
739.151 .S35
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863210

A contribution to the study of the migration of motifs : the human pair in China and South Russia

Title:
Human pain in China and South Russia
Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
p. [321]-326 : 5 ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1943
1942
1943]
Topic:
Bronzes, Chinese  Search this
Human figure in art  Search this
Bronzes, Nomadic  Search this
Call number:
739.157 .S15
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863303

An unknown Scythian find in Novocherkassk / by Alfred Salmony

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Subject:
Novocherkassk Museum  Search this
Physical description:
p. [54]-60. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1935
1935]
Topic:
Bronzes, Scythian  Search this
Bronzes, Nomadic  Search this
Call number:
739.157 .S151
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863305

The find from Kopeny in the Yenisei Valley : A Siberian gold treasure of the migration period

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
12 p. illus. ; cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1943
Call number:
739.557 .S16
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863381

Sarmatian gold collected by Peter the Great. [Part] 5, The middle Sarmatian group : embossed relief with isolated inlay-cells

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
p. [85]-92 : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
N.d.]
Topic:
Art, Scythian  Search this
Gold  Search this
Call number:
739.557 .S2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863389

Archaic Chinese jades : from the Edward and Louise B. Sonnenschein collection / [Catalogue] by Alfred Salmony

Author:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Sonnenschein, Edward  Search this
Sonnenschein, Louise B  Search this
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 279 p. 108 plates (1 col.) 32 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1952
Topic:
Jade  Search this
Call number:
739.8 .C52
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863696

Sculpture of India : Eliza Buffington Memorial Exhibition, April 12 to May 12, 1939

Author:
Buffington, Eliza d. 1938  Search this
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Vassar College Art Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
[18] p., 6 leaves of plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1939
Topic:
Sculpture, Indic  Search this
Call number:
730.54 .V33
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863740

Carved jade of ancient China / by Alfred Salmony, PH. D

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
4 p. l., 85, [85] p. 72 pl. on 38 |. 33 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1938
Topic:
Jade  Search this
Art objects, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
739.8 .S15
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_863776

Sino-Siberian art in the collection of C. T. Loo / by Alfred Salmony

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Subject:
Loo, C.T Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
119 p., [45] leaves of plates (1 folded) : ill., map ; 35 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Russia (Federation)
Siberia
China
Siberia (Russia)
Date:
1933
To 221 B.C
Topic:
Art, Chinese  Search this
Bronzes, Chinese  Search this
Bronzes  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
N7343 .S17 1933
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_889036

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