Lectures from the Center for the History of Collecting, The Dragon and the Chrysanthemum: Collecting Chinese and Japanese Art in America, given on March 15 & 16, 2012.
The Center for the History of Collecting and the Rockefeller Archive Center hosted this two-day symposium. Topics discussed ranged from the China Trade during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; missionary collectors such as John Ferguson; Gilded-Age collectors from Boston and their passion for Chinese and Japanese art; distinguished collectors such as Laurence Sickman, who collected specifically for museums; dealers such as C. T. Loo; John D. Rockefeller III's collecting and his relationship with his advisor Sherman Lee; and, finally, the shifting trends of collecting Chinese and Japanese art after World War II.
The symposium was made possible through the generous support of the Rockefeller Archive Center and the Japanese Art Dealers’ Association.
Image: Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen, 1864, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1904.75a