THE WELLESLEY CLUB OF COLORADO
PRIVATE ASIAN ART AND ANTIQUITIES COLLECTION
Sunday, October 22, 2017
2 PM – 4 PM
6199 E. Princeton Circle, Englewood, CO 80111
For questions, please call Laura Wray at 720-339-5406
Mary McBride, ‘77 and Jerry Kashinski invite you to view their Asian art and antiquities collection, curated over more than 25 years. The collection ranges from Chinese furniture to ceramics spanning the sweep of dynastic history, with jade sculptures, paintings and other items displayed throughout their home, including a few Japanese and Tibetan pieces.. The oldest object in their collection is a dinosaur egg and the newest are Mao-era revolutionary propaganda posters.
After a year of college in Japan in the early ‘70s, Jerry spent the following summer traveling from Tokyo to London. Mary’s mother and father had an interest in Asian objects. Mary and Jerry’s first trip to Hong Kong and China was in 1989 where they purchased a few blue-and-white objects. When collecting took off after that, they established a relationship with a Hong Kong dealer. Numerous objects were purchased from him, but they also bought objects during many subsequent trips to China.
Most of their Chinese objects are burial goods from tombs. The Chinese believe that a departed spirit needs everything and everyone required and used in their on-earth daily life in the afterlife.
Chinese artifacts are best understood in the context of eras and imperial dynasties. The emperors and other officials of some dynasties were ‘foreign’ peoples, such as the Mongols during the Yuan Dynasty and the Manchus during the Qing Dynasty. The art and artifacts of the various dynasties reflected their ethnic differences. Mary and Jerry have marked some of the collection with colored dots to indicate their era/dynasty. A brochure will be available to guests that has a chart of the following dynasties: Neolithic (10,000 to 2,100 BCE, which often looks very similar to first-peoples’ American pottery), Warring States, Han, Tang, Yuan, Ming, Qing, and Republic of China
This promises to be a unique, educational, and enjoyable afternoon.
We hope that you can join us!
For reservations, click on this link.
Attendance limited to 30 people. Alumna may bring two guests.
Request that children are at least 12 years old, due to fragile nature of the art/artifacts.