J.P.Morgan and Charles Lang Freer were contemporaries who enjoyed successful business careers and acquired great wealth in America’s “Gilded Age” during the late 19th century. Both men withdrew from business around 1900 and concentrated on art collecting for the remaining years of their lives. Although their motivations and ambitions as early American collectors of Chinese art were similar, their aesthetic preferences and methods of collecting Chinese ceramics produced quite different results. In this lecture, James J. Lally, president of J.J. Lally & Co. Oriental Art, reviews their careers as collectors to reveal information about the early days of Chinese ceramic collecting in America, and to provide a framework for discussing the collecting of Chinese ceramics today. Members will enjoy a reception in the Japan Decorative Arts Gallery 177, followed by a lecture in Riley Seminar Room. 

This is a private event for Friends of Asian Art members.