Journal Article

Collecting connoisseurs and building to house a collection

Jonathan Black

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 21, issue 2, pages 253-261
Published in print November 2009 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online April 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhp026
Collecting connoisseurs and building to house a collection

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The essay will explore how sculptor Dora Gordine (1895-1991) proved not only skilled in persuading collectors to buy her work, but also in befriending many of the leading European collectors and connoisseurs of her oeuvre. Such friendships conferred upon her a much-needed respectability, for many who knew her well remained unsure as to the exact details of her origins and past life in Eastern Europe. Marriage to the Hon. Richard Hare, allowed Gordine to build for herself, between 1935 and 1936, Dorich House – a miniature Art Deco stately home which served as a highly effective showcase for her work and then later (post World War II) for an impressive collection of nineteenth-century Russian and ancient Oriental objets d’art.

Journal Article.  4652 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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