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Chinese Export Porcelain in the Reves Collection

Chinese export porcelain was a particular interest of Wendy Reves. While Emery Reves was supportive of his wife's efforts, it was she who built this part of their collection. The inspiration to collect porcelain came from the New York philanthropist Mary Lasker. Emery Reves knew her husband, Albert Lasker, through their mutual involvement in postwar humanitarian projects on behalf of displaced Jewish refugees, and the couples often saw each other in New York and Europe. In fact, Mary Lasker was the first prominent guest to stay at Villa La Pausa following its restoration. While there, Lasker encouraged Wendy Reves to begin a collection of decorative arts. Subsequently, Lasker sent her a Chinese export platter to express appreciation for a wonderful stay on the Riviera. Reves was so taken with the object that she began studying Chinese export porcelain and acquired a significant library on the subject. While traveling, she became acquainted with many of the foremost collections and dealers in the field. During the 1960s and 1970s, Reves acquired important examples in both the United States and Europe. Dealers from whom she bought include Helen Glatz in London, the Jade Company in Geneva, and A. Aronson and Stodel in Amsterdam. The f__amille noire garniture was purchased at auction in London from Christie's in 1970.

Excerpt from

Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 91.