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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:
25 Cubic feet
Culture:
Jewish American  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographs
Diaries
Maps
Place:
China -- Description and Travel
China
USA -- New York -- New York
Date:
1910-2002
bulk 1935-2000
Scope and Contents:
Papers of art collectors Pauline Baerwald Falk (1910-2000) and Myron Samuel (Johnny) Falk Jr. (1906-1992). This collection includes correspondence; art collection documentation; research materials; photographs (slides and prints) and audiovisual materials; financial information; biographical data; records of philanthropic and social activities; travel records; and appointment books.
Arrangement:
Organized into five series: • Series 1: Biographic Materials • Series 2: Travel • Series 3: Correspondence • Series 4: Collection Files • Series 5: Slides
Biographical / Historical:
Pauline Baerwald was born in New York City in 1910, living there until her death in 2000. In 1932 she graduated from Smith College and went on to the School of Social Work at Columbia University. Pauline's father, Paul Baerwald, was a German-Jewish banker and philanthropist, as well as an executive board member of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), an agency chartered to provide refugee services for European Jews who were victims of persecution throughout Russia and Europe. Pauline was an active volunteer with the JDC throughout World War II. After the war she was one of the founders of the National Refuge Service (later the New York Association for New Americans) as well as the Jewish Social Service Association. She also served as president of the Jewish Family Services, a predecessor agency of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services. In 1935 Pauline Baerwald married Myron "Johnny" S. Falk, Jr., and raised three children: Patricia, Michael and Nancy. Pauline, with support from Johnny, was a founder of the New Lincoln School in Manhattan, having attended the Lincoln School as a child. They maintained connection to charitable social work throughout their lives.

Myron "Johnny" S. Falk, Jr., son of Myron S. Falk, was born in New York City in 1906. In 1928 he earned a degree at Yale and a B.S. in Engineering from MIT in 1929. During World War II Johnny was a commissioned officer in the army, posted to the Pentagon ordinance section, applying his engineering and management skills to the task of munitions production. The family moved to Washington, D.C. during the war. In addition to his professional career as an investment banker with Ralph E. Samuels and Co., Johnny was a director of the New York Foundation and Hebrew Technical Institute. He was a board member of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and Bennington College.

Pauline and Johnny were both introduced to Chinese art early in life. Johnny's father collected Chinese porcelain to decorate his New York home. In keeping with the taste of the times, most of his pieces were Kangxi blue and white porcelains. On his sixtieth birthday he divided his porcelains among his three children. Several years later Johnny and his sister, Mildred, gave many of those Kangxi porcelains to the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to be permanently installed, together with many other porcelains, to re-create the original appearance of the Whistler Peacock Room.

Pauline was introduced to Chinese art by her uncle, Emil Baerwald, who took her to the Metropolitan Museum to see the Bishop Collection and on visits to Yamanaka and Company on Fifth Avenue, where Mr. Shirai would take them into the private rooms to see the rarest pieces. Emil Baerwald lived in Europe, and, as an active collector of Chinese ceramics, he became acquainted with leading Chinese art collectors there, including George Eumorfopoulos and Sir Percival David. He provided introductions to collectors when Pauline and Johnny visited England in 1950.

In 1937 Pauline and Johnny made their first trip to China on Pan Am's Clipper, flying from San Francisco to Manila. It was during their first visit to China that Johnny and Pauline began buying early Chinese pottery and works of art. Pauline referred to this trip as the one trip that formed their collection. On this flight they met K.C. Chung, a consultant and friend for years to come. Pauline's uncle, Ernst Baerwald, lived in Tokyo and was well connected in the arts. Through his introductions they met significant art dealers, including Mathias Komor, who became an advisor to them.

Pauline and Johnny were contributors the founding of many Asian art organizations in America during the years following World War II and the Korean War. They participated in the establishment of the Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America in 1945, a scholarly journal which was renamed Archives of Asian Art in 1966 and continues publication today.

Pauline and Johnny were strong supporters of the Asia Society, where Johnny was a trustee. In 1971 they were among the first participants in the Japan Society and were founding members of the Friends of Japan House Gallery. Johnny was also a trustee of the Research Laboratory of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1966 until his death. In 1950 Pauline and Johnny attended a meeting of the Oriental Ceramic Society (OCS) of London, and a few years later Johnny became the OCS representative in North America, a post he held for more than thirty years.

Johnny Falk died in 1992 and Pauline Baerwald Falk passed away in 2000, the same year the collection of approximately 700 items was assigned to Christie's.
Provenance:
Gift of the Falk family.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Occupation:
Philanthropists  Search this
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
Citation:
Pauline B. and Myron S. Falk, Jr. Papers, FSA.A2002.03. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Gift of the Falk family.
Identifier:
FSA.A2002.03
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Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc35440acda-af34-4172-9ab4-0a564fcfb41f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2002-03
Online Media:

Chinese jade through the Wei dynasty / Alfred Salmony

Author:
Salmony, Alfred 1890-1958  Search this
Physical description:
v, 287 p., 46 p. of plates : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Chia
Date:
1963
C1963
To 221 B.C
Chʻin-Han dynasties, 221 B.C.-220 A.D
Topic:
Jade--History  Search this
Art objects, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
739.8 .S16
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_890726

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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