The Adele and Arthur Lehman Collection (Paperback)
Yale University Press, 9780300201383, 114pp.
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
This catalogue tries to record and thus to preserve an aspect of life and culture in New York that is fast vanishing. Most great works of art are now in educational institutions, but those still in private collections, when assembled with love and understanding and arranged in harmonious surroundings, take on a living quality and an intimate appeal that they lose in a museum. The Adele and Arthur Lehman collection is a very personal one, in which each painting, each tapestry, each piece of porcelain has its chosen place in owners’ home, giving pleasure and enhancing their lives. There are fine, antique Persian rugs, worn thin by generations of children and grandchildren, cassones and fireplaces from Italy, English eighteenth century chairs and tables, old paneling, and all the many smaller items that create a beautiful ensemble for living. This catalogue, however, is devoted mainly to the paintings. [This book was originally published in 1965 and has gone out of print. This edition is a print-on-demand version of the original book.]