Malcolm Forbes


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John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow (1821—1911) lawyer and social activist


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(b New York, 19 Aug 1919; d 24 Feb 1990), publisher and collector. In his position as chairman and editor-in-chief of the American business magazine Forbes, Forbes established one of the oldest corporate art collections in America in the 1950s when he began to acquire objets d'art created by Peter Carl Fabergé: the collection contains over 300 pieces, including 12 Imperial Easter eggs. A man of eclectic tastes and spurred by fond childhood memories, Forbes assembled a collection of 100,000 lead soldiers and over 500 tin clockwork toy boats. The Fabergé works and selected toys are displayed at the Forbes Magazine Galleries in New York with American presidential manuscripts and related historical memorabilia that Forbes believed “better depict each [president] than the likenesses that abounded in their time.” Numbering over 3000 pieces, the collection is the finest of its kind in private hands.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Art.

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