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the catalog. At the preview a taxidermied Trigger will rear up in the atrium. Metal tepees andcactuses will hang from the chandeliers. “Chow Wagon” lunch pails will gleam in display cases. A doorman, Gil Perez, will wear Rogers’s gabardine regalia on auction days.The catalog, in a break from auction houses’ current stinting on printing costs, is morethan a foot tall. “We wanted it to be a collectible in its own way,” said Catherine Elkies,the director of iconic collections at Christie’s.
JEWISH COLLECTION MOVES
During a transition last month, theJudah L. Magnes Museumin Berkeley, Calif., carriednew signs on its office and gallery doorways, including “Bedroom 1” and “Guest Suite.”Black upholstered armchairs with colorful throw pillows have now been clustered aroundtables set with modernist monochrome vases. The building is becoming a private houseagain.This museum of Jewish culture, named for a California-born founder of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is selling its 1908 brick house in a palm grove for $2.75 million. After four decades of occupancy, and exhibitions including photos of California Jews incivil rights protests and ritual objects saved from abandoned North African synagogues,the museum is marketing its building for residential conversion.Instead of closing, the Magnes has handed over its collections to theUniversity of California, Berkeley . Some staff members will organize exhibitions next year in university galleries and a former printing plant downtown.“I think we created a rather elegant solution,” said Alla Efimova, director of theuniversity’s newly created Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.The Magnes has shed some of its inventory to prepare for the move. At Clars AuctionGallery in Oakland, Calif., it has sold dozens of antiques and artworks, including 20th-century paintings of Jewish life that brought a few hundred dollars each. But someforgotten paperwork turned up when the attic and library were packed. A dusty boxlabeled “Ephemera” contained a singed passport and travel tickets for a San Franciscofood broker who died on the Hindenburg. A roll of drawings turned out to be the house’soriginal blueprints.The Magnes, in itsUniversity of Californiaincarnation, will post photos and drawings of the brick house online. “We’ll do all we can not to forget it,” said Francesco Spagnolo,curator of the Magnes Collection. Staff members, he added, have saved office signs andthe museum’s front gates as artifacts.
American tastes in product design seeped into Japan, and vice versa, after 1860, whenJapanese diplomats first traveled to cities in the United States. In honor of thedelegation trip’s 150th anniversary, museum and gallery exhibitions this summer areexploring how the countries’ artisans influenced one another. At theMuseum of the City of New York ,“Samurai in New York: The First Japanese
Delegation, 1860”(through Oct. 11) displays vintage prints and photos of theambassadors admiring American soldiers, passenger balloons, ball gowns and cameras.Soon after the trip, Tiffany silversmiths based pepper shakers and jewelry on Japanesegrasshopper and fish motifs, and one of the ambassadors founded a navy yard back in
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