FOCUSING ON THE DONATIONS OF J.P. MORGAN
GUIDED BY Wolfram Koeppe Marina Kellen French Senior Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
10:30 - 12:30, Friday October 21, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at E.82nd Street https://www.metmuseum.org/
Pay your own museum admission or enter free as Museum member. Our group will meet promptly inside the museum at 10:30 at the Spanish Courtyard (or Blumenthal Patio) which is Gallery 534 (its entrance is located on the first floor, left side of the Grand Stairs ). The museum opens at 10 a.m. but lines often form outside before opening time. Please allow sufficient time to enter the museum, pay your admission, and arrive at our meeting place. Latecomers probably will not find our group once the tour begins.
J.P. Morgan (1837-1913) donated to the Met thousands of early and important European watches and clocks. Morgan is among the top great horological collectors who we are honoring at our symposium. In 1912, he commissioned the preparation of a huge hand-colored volume fully describing his watch collection, and a facsimile in black-and-white was published in 1972. The Met’s online catalogue shows the watches that he collected and donated.
Senior Curator Wolfram Koeppe, whose recent exhibit and related book, Making Marvels, was a superb international success, will lead our tour. He has generously offered to bring watches from storage and allow us to examine them in the museum’s Seminar Room. This private room is small so we will need to divide into two groups; one group in the Room while the other group tours nearby galleries. Wolfram also plans to attend the symposium as our guest.
Tour is strictly limited to just 30 people and now is full. Please contact Bob Frishman if you would like to be put on the waiting list.. * * Alyce Perry Englund, the Met's Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts , very kindly prepared an illustrated guide to highlights of the museum's collection of early American clocks. Visitors are encouraged to view on their own these fine clocks in the American Wing.