Ann Meselson collection on Chinese snuff bottles and Japanese netsuke MES.001.001

Finding aid prepared by Finding aid written by Denise Villegas.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
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Title: Ann Meselson collection on Chinese snuff bottles and Japanese netsuke
Identifier/Call Number: MES.001.001
Contributing Institution: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library
Language of Material: English
Container: 1-16
Physical Description: 21.3 Linear feet . 12 letter size Hollinger boxes 1 legal size Hollinger box 1 standard record box 2 custom size phase boxes
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1960-1990
Date (inclusive): 1920-2002
creator: Meselson, Ann, 1905-2007

Biographical/Historical note

Ann Meselson (1905-2007) was a collector of Asian art, mostly Chinese snuff bottles, Japanese netsuke and inro. She lived in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Hyman Meselson. Her brother, David Swedlow, and his wife, Sandy, shared Ann’s interest in collecting Japanese art.
Mrs. Meselson was an active and knowledgeable member of the collecting community. She was a member of several collecting organizations, including the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society and the Netsuke Kenkyukai Society. She was also a member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's East Asian Art Council. Mrs. Meselson studied the types of work she collected as well as the cultures from which they originated, frequently traveling to collectors' conventions and collecting books on the subject. She developed friendships with several other snuff bottle and netsuke collectors and dealers that extended beyond their shared interest in collecting art, most notable was her close friendship with prominent Chinese snuff bottle collector, Lilla Perry. She also frequently corresponded with netsuke collectors Robert Kinsey, Raymond Bushell, Betty Leavitt, Elly Nordskog, Bob Stevens, and Virginia Atchley.
Generous with her collection, Mrs. Meselson loaned pieces to museums for exhibitions and donated to art institutions including the Honolulu Academy of Arts and Pacific Asia Museum as well as a large gift of Japanese art books given to the Toledo Museum of Art library. Several pieces of art from the Meselson collection are currently owned by LACMA.

Scope and Contents note

21.3 linear feet or 16 boxes of material dating from 1920 to 2002 with a bulk of materials dated between 1960 and 1990. Included are correspondence, personal notes, photographs, collectors' convention ephemera, appraisal reports, books, journals, articles, and newspaper clippings documenting Ann Meselson's activities as a collector of Chinese snuff bottles and Japanese netsuke.
Also included in this collection are letters received by Lilla Perry related to her book, Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Adventures & Studies of a Collector, which were kept by Ann Meselson after Perry's death.

Arrangement note

The original order of the collection has been maintained with the following exceptions: Oversized documents were placed in a legal size Hollinger box (Box 7), photo albums were placed in a box together (Box 13), published books have been placed in a standard record box (Box 14), books requiring careful handling have been placed in phase boxes and moved to the end of the collection (Boxes 15 and 16), loose items were grouped together based on subject matter and placed in folders at the end of Box 12. Further details about the arrangement within each folder can be found in the "Scope and Contents" note of the container list for this collection.

Conditions Governing Access note

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Preferred Citation note

[Description of item], Ann Meselson collection on Chinese snuff bottles and Japanese netsuke, bulk 1960-1990, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library, MES.001.001.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Perry, Lilla S.
Art donors
Art, Asian
Art--Collectors and collecting
Catalogs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Ephemera
Netsukes
Notes
Photographs
Publications
Snuff boxes and bottles--China

 

The Meselson Collection of Japanese Netsuke June 1972. 1970 - 1993

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

Arrangement note

Material was found in a folder together & rehoused in 5 file folders retaining the name of the label on the original folder.
All items in the second folder were grouped together inside of a plastic folder found within the larger folder labeled, "The Meselson Collection of Japanese Netsuke June 1972"
Box 1, Folder 1

Letters, clippings, and lists of netsuke. May 1970 - 1993

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence from Sandy Swedlow, Roberta Pincus, Pearl Berg, Heinz and Else Kress, personal notes, information about the Meselson's collection of Netsuke including personal inventories, descriptions, and price lists, and copies of newspaper articles related to collecting netsuke
Box 1, Folder 2

Letters and lists regarding netsuke and Japanese lacquer sales. February 1990 - June 1992

Scope and Contents note

Includes personal notes, correspondence from Paul Dawson, G. Max Bernheimer, Raymond Bushell, Graham Gemmell, Stanley S.K. Yang, and Norman Sandfield, copies of notes from Iris Rubinfield, a copy of a check used to make a purchase of inro, two pages from the May 1991 issue of "Netsuke Auction Trends" regarding the Raymond and Frances Bushell Sale, information about Japanese lacquer and inro, a clipping from an article titled, "To Love Netsuke" from Parade Magazine dated May 4, 1986, an article about lacquer that appears to be part of a Mitsubishi Motors magazine ad, documentation for purchases from the Meselson's by Norman Sandfield, a copy of the Chinese zodiac as printed in the Los Angeles Times, donor information form from the Pacific Asia Museum.
Box 1, Folder 3

Art sales and Toledo Art Museum. June 1989 - 1993

Scope and Contents note

Includes personal notes and lists of collection items, a copy of correspondence between Virginia Atchley and Eskanazi, a Toledo Museum of Art news release from July 1993, documentation regarding the consignment of several inro and manju and kagamebuta type netsuke to Sotheby's from the Meselsons, a photocopy of a booklet titled, "Netsuke Japanese Sculpture in Miniature", the April/May, Feb/March, and June/July 1993 issues of the Toledo Museum of Art members bimonthly newsletter.
Box 1, Folder 4

Netsuke and lacquer vocabulary terms, Meselson collection catalogues. 1972 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes a glossary of lacquer terms, copies of checks from Robert Kinsey and Elinor Nordskog to Ann Meselson for purchases from her collection, correspondence from Virgina Atchley, a copy of correspondence from Betty Jahss to Dave & Sandy Swedlow, a copy of "The Meselson Collection of Netsuke June 1972, cataloged by Roberta M. Pincus", and personal notes about the collection
Box 1, Folder 5

The Meselson Collection of Japanese Netsuke June 1972 - Aunt Rae 1984. November 1971 - March 1984

Scope and Contents note

Includes a photograph of Rae & Leo Harber, correspondence from Rae Harber, a copy of a letter from Jack Gold to Rae which he sent to Ann, copies of letters sent to Ann from Rae.

Arrangement note

Items were found inside of a folder labeled, "Aunt Rae 1984" within the folder, "The Meselson Collection of Japanese Netsuke June 1972".
 

Collection loans, sales, exhibitions, catalogues. February 1970 - July 1996

Box 1, Folder 6

Exhibitions and loans to museums. November 1978 - August 1989

Scope and Contents note

Includes receipts showing that LACMA received items from the Meselsons to be considered for exhibition, a shipping reciept from Honolulu Academy of Arts, a letter from H. Yatuhashi Inc. about netsuke, a booklet made to accompany the exhibition and public auction, "Netsuke and Inro" which took place in January 1977 and was held by Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., a "Catalogue of Ann Meselson Collection of Netsuke - November 1978" compiled by Virginia Atchley along with a letter from Virginia, an envelope from H. Wakayama containing multiple letters from the sender.
Box 1, Folder 7

Netsuke reference works. September 1983 - January 1989

Scope and Contents note

Includes a list compiled by Norman Sandfield titled, "115 Materials Found in Netsuke". The other item is "A Netsuke Bibliography" by Virginia Atchley & Norman Sandfield.
Box 1, Folder 8

Letters, inventories, and ephemera. April 1972 - July 1996

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters to from Russell Mullin and letters from George Lazarnick, and Robert Kinsey, a general letter from J. Hammond to members of the Netsuke Kenkyukai Society about the 1991 San Francisco Convention, a copy of a foreword for an exhibition "Contemporary Netsuke" written by His Imperial Highness Prince Norihito Takamado and sent to Robert Kinsey, a copy of "In Memory of David A. Swedlow" by Robert Kinsey, a book and receipt of sales from the Pacific Asia Museum Festival of the Autumn Moon auction held in October 1985, a list of items from the Swedlow collection.
Box 1, Folder 9

Letters and articles. February 1970 - July 1990

Scope and Contents note

Letters from Russell Mullin, Terry Mullin, Bob Stevens, Robert Kinsey, a list of prices based on condition of an item, a booklet for the exhibit, "Netsuke Japanese Sculpture in Miniature" at LACMA in August/October 1981 labeled or signed by Virginia Atchley.

Arrangement note

Envelopes are filed behind their contents.
Box 1, Folder 10

Letters and netsuke references and guides. August 1970 - October 1983

Scope and Contents note

Includes personal notes, correspondence from Bluette Kirchhoff of Bluenets Inc., Hirokazu Nakayama of Yamato Bros. & Co., Howard Schatz, Scott Smith, Robert Guggenheim, Virginia Atchley, Hideko Wakayama, and Annette Kluss of Sotheby's, and information about identifying and collecting Netsuke.
Box 1, Folder 11

Catalogue of Ann Meselson collection of netsuke November 1978. November 1978

Scope and Contents note

A catalogue created by Virginia Atchley, contains many handwritten notes by Ann.

Arrangement note

Items were found in a mailing envelope which has been photocopied & placed inside the folder. Title was taken from the title of the document inside the envelope.
Box 1, Folder 12

Raymond Bushell. July 1973 - June 1981

Scope and Contents note

Includes a copy of "Masatoshi: The Last of the Netsuke Artists" and "The Inro Handbook" by Raymond Bushell, "The Art of Netsuke Carving" by Masatoshi as told to Raymond Bushell, correspondence to Ann from Raymond.

Arrangement note

Items were found unfoldered, but were folded up together.
Box 2, Folder 1-2

Jewelry and object inventories. June 1970 - February 1989

Arrangement note

Items were found together in a plastic pouch within the envelope labeled, "Netsuke Kenyuka Rtn To Va," short hand for "Netsuke Kenkyukai Return to Virginia Atchley".

Scope and Contents note

Folder 1 (November 1985 - February 1989): Contains a book of stamps, correspondence from Raymond Bushell, handwritten lists of items in collections, receipts for jewelry.
Folder 2 (June 1970): Contains personal notes, business cards, personal catalogues of items, and invoices.
Box 2, Folder 3

Eskenazi Limited. December 1975 - October 1986

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence from Luigi Bandini of Eskenazi Limited Oriental Art, Frances and Raymond Bushell, Virginia Atchley, and Michael Bernstein, list of items sold to Eskanazi LTD., personal notes.

Arrangement note

Items found in the envelope "Netsuke Kekyuka Rtntova" within a plastic foler labeled "Eskenazi Luigi".
Box 2, Folder 4

Lazarnick. February 1975 - August 1983

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence from George Lazarnick.
Box 2, Folder 5-6

Sydney Moss. February 1984 - March 1992

Scope and Contents note

Includes brochures for catalogues by Sydney Moss LTD., correspondence from Paul Moss, a catalogue by Sydney Moss LTD., correspondence from Paul Moss, a copy of a letter from Paul Moss to Virginia Atchley.
Box 1, Folder 7

Ikku Kasuya. January 1987 - July 1990

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence from Ikku Kasuya and the Lowe Art Museum, photographs of Ikku Kasuya with Ann Meselson, Hyman Meselson, and Bob Kinsey, newspaper clipping featuring an image of inro.
Box 2, Folder 8

Exhibition of Netsuke Carvers Ichiro Inada, etc. April 1973

Scope and Contents note

Booklets with information about and images of pieces of artwork in various exhibits.
Box 2, Folder 9

Saudi Arabia Exhibit in L.A. June 1990

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlets, brochures, and newspaper clippings about the Saudi Arabia cultural exhibition in Los Angeles in June 1990, postcards from the exhibition.

Arrangement note

Items in this folder were found together in a folder that was inside of the larger folder, "Exhibition of Netsuke Carvers Ichiro Inada, etc."
Box 2, Folder 10

Pacific Asia Museum. March 1986 - July 1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from David Kamansky, Director of Pacific Asia Museum, Debra Bailey, Registrar at the museum, documentation of auction donations, and personal notes, documentation for a loan agreement with the San Diego Museum of Art, newspaper clippings about exhibits at Pacific Asia Museum.
Box 3, Folder 1

Joy & Elaine. September 1979 - October 1984

Scope and Contents note

Personal and collecting related correspondence from Elaine Ehrenkranz and Joy Epstein pr Ehrenkranz & Epstein INC., receipts from sales to Ehrenkranz & Epstein.
Box 3, Folder 2

Hurtig. October 1976 - January 1982

Scope and Contents note

Personal notes, telephone numbers, lists of items sold, correspondence from Linda Erickson, Bernard Hurtig, and Helen Hurtig.
Box 3, Folder 3

Yokoyama. June 1979 - May 1987

Scope and Contents note

Checks, receipts, invoices, and correspondence from K. Morita of Yokoyama Inc.
Box 3, Folder 4

L.A. Museum. July 1978 - December 1988

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art regarding donations and loans from the Meselson collection to the museum.
Box 3, Folder 5

Spink. July 1976 - March 1989

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Luigi Bandini of Eskenazi Oriental Art, certification from Eskanazi for some netsuke pieces, checks for Spink & Son Ltd., correspondence from Susan and Richard Barker, a copy of a note and a check which Ann Meselson sent to Richard Barker of Spink & Son Ltd. for the purchase of inro.
Box 3, Folder 6

Betty Leavitt. September 1976 - April 1981

Scope and Contents note

Booklet from the Slater Memorial Museum to accompany sales from the Betty and Ted Leavitt Collection of Oils, Aquarelles, and Drawings, correspondence from Betty Leavitt, photographs of Betty Leavitt, fliers for art exhibitions , newspaper clippings.
Items found in an unlabeled plastic folder. Betty Leavitt is also referred to as Betty Killiam-Leavitt or Betty Killiam on some documents.
Box 3, Folder 7-8

Virginia Atchley. June 1970 - March 1981

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Virginia Atchley, newsletter from the Far Eastern Art Council at LACMA.
Box 3, Folder 8

Atchley. May 1970 - January 1989

Scope and Contents note

A copy of "A Netsuke Bibliography" created by Virginia Atchley and Norman L. Sandfield, correspondence from Virginia Atchley.

Arrangement note

Items in this folder were found scattered throughout the collection. They were placed in a folder since Ann Meselson had created a folder, "Atchley", which contains correspondence with Virginia Atchley.
Box 3, Folder 9

Kenkyukai Minn 1979. September 1979

Scope and Contents note

Newsletters related to and ephemera from the Minneapolis Netsuke Kenkyukai Convention which took place from September 12-16, 1979.
Box 3, Folder 10

Heinz Kaempfer. July 1969 - December 1980

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Heinz Kaempfer, S. Kriger, copies of newsletter from Verenging Voor Japanse Kunst (Society for Japanese Arts and Crafts), a list of books for sale from C.P.J. Van der Peet, members lists from Vereniging Voor Japanse Kunst.

Arrangement note

Items found in this folder were grouped together in an unlabeled plastic folder.
Box 3, Folder 11

Home. March 1950 - September 1960

Scope and Contents note

35mm cut negatives, receipts and checks related to purchases for the Meselson home, a 4 X 6 photograph of a garden labeled "Los Encantos Way".
Box 4, Folder 1

Personal letters. April - June 1963

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Jessica, Bebe, and Diane and Terry Mullin. Possibly letters from members of the Swedlow and Meselson families.

Arrangement note

Items found in a mailing envelope that appears to have been used for an entirely different purpose.
Box 4, Folder 2

Konishi. June 1984 - August 1987

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Raymond Bushell , personal notes, correspondence from Konishi Oriental Antiques, a photograph of a piece Meselson sold to Konishi.
 

R. Bushell. January 1966 - August 1987

Box 4, Folder 3

February 1972 - January 1981

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Misao Mikoshiba and Raymond Bushell.
Box 4, Folder 4

August 1982 - July 1987

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Frances and Raymond Bushell, Misao Mikoshiba, and George Kuwayama.
Box 4, Folder 5

December 1980 - February 1982

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and photographs sent from Raymond Bushell.
Box 4, Folder 6

July 1981 - March 1984

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Raymond Bushell and Misao Mikoshiva Kobayashi, copy of an interview with Raymond Bushell.
Box 4, Folder 7

February 1974 - September 1981

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Raymond and Frances Bushell.
Box 4, Folder 8

January 1966 - February 1985

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Raymond Bushell.
Box 4, Folder 9

R. Bushell. June 1984

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Raymond Bushell, cut negatives.

Arrangement note

Items were found loose and placed in a folder together since there was already a large folder labeled, "R. Bushell".
Box 4, Folder 10

Snuff bottle people. March 1970 - November 1973

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from snuff bottle collectors Mariam, Bob Stevens, Gifford Smith, Russell Mulin, Thomas Van Nuys.
Box 4, Folder 11

Bob Nordskog. August 1978 - May 1992

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Robert Nordskog, copies of a newspaper clipping announcing Nordskog's death, a program from Nordskog's memorial service.
Box 5, Folder 1

Kurstin & Chappell. April 1985 - June 1987

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Sharen Chappell, and invoices from Kurstin/Chappell.
Box 5, Folder 2

Orientations Gallery. July 1984 - March 1988

Scope and Contents note

Photographs of turtles, a business card for Orientations Oriental Antiques Gallery, correspondence from the gallery, receipts from the gallery, personal notes.
Box 5, Folder 3

Butterfield. May 1988 - April 1989

Scope and Contents note

Price tags, receipts from Butterfield & Butterfield.
Box 5, Folder 4

Books. no date

Scope and Contents note

Handwritten list of books & prices.
Box 5, Folder 5

DK. Wright. July 1973 - June 1981

Scope and Contents note

Personal notes, correspondence from Douglas Wright, invoices from Douglas J.K. Wright Ltd.
Box 5, Folder 6

Sotheby, Wright, Hartman. March 1982

Scope and Contents note

Checks, personal notes, invoices from Sotheby Parke Bernet, Douglas J.K. Wright Ltd., and Hartman Galleries.

Arrangement note

Items found together in an unlabeled plastic folder.
Box 5, Folder 7

Butterfly Bottle. February 1982 - May 1987

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clipping, correspondence from Bob Kleiner mentioning a butterfly bottle.

Arrangement note

Items found unfoldered, but paper clipped together.
Box 5, Folder 8

Ancient Japan. 1992

Scope and Contents note

Cards advertising art exhibits, pamphlet from the "Ancient Japan" exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, personal notes, photos of pieces from the "Ancient Japan" exhibit.
Box 5, Folder 9

Rhinoceros Horn Cup. no date

Scope and Contents note

Black and white 8X10 photographs of a rhinoceros horn cup and a netsuke, a copy of an excerpt Rhinoceros from "Nature in Chinese Art" by Arthur de Carle Sowerby, an excerpt, Rhinoceros Horn, from "Chinese Art" by S.W. Bushell, correspondence from Barbara Mueller-Ali of Antiques Pacifica, INC. Oriental Art.
Box 5, Folder 10

Lilla Perry. July 1966 - January 1975

Scope and Contents note

A photograph of Lilla Perry, correspondence from Sotheby's to Lilla Perry, a card from Lilla to Ann.
Box 5, Folder 11

S. Bernstein & Co. Oriental Art April 1994

Scope and Contents note

Press release for the exhibit, "Ritual & Belief: Chinese Jade and Related Arts"
Box 5, Folder 12

Bertha Lum. no date

Scope and Contents note

A list of artwork with "Lum" as the heading, a copy of a Los Angeles Times Article from April 1926 called, "Decorative panels by an Orientalist" mentioning a Bertha Lum exhibit.
Box 5, Folder 13

Netsuke Kenkyukai. 1982

Scope and Contents note

A copy of an article about Ann Meselson in Netsuke Kenkyukai written by Joy Epstein.
Box 5, Folder 14

Betty Killam. February 1972 - March 1981

Scope and Contents note

Checks from Ann Meselson to Betty Killam
Box 5, Folder 15

Home. February 1953

Scope and Contents note

A photograph labeled, "sunset from our patio", an invoice for a table.

Arrangement note

The items in this folder were found unfoldered, but grouped together since there was a folder called, "Home" created by Ann Meselson.
Box 5, Folder 16

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. November 1971

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clipping about a donation of Japanese art to LACMA, certificate of appraisal for a lacquered box from Asia Art Associates, photographs of the box with Meselson's notes on the back.
Box 5, Folder 17

Snuff bottle people: Bob Stevens. July 1980 - September 1980

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Bob Stevens, a copy of a newspaper clipping that mentions the sale of snuff bottles from Stevens' estate.
Box 5, Folder 18

Snuff bottle people: Thomas Van Nuys. October 1988 - February 1992

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Thomas Van Nuys.
Box 5, Folder 19

Sotheby's. September 1988

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Gretchen, a list of auction results.
Box 5, Folder 20

Swedlow. July 1974 - December 2001

Scope and Contents note

Booklet for the exhibit, "The Art of the Japanese Sword" featuring a piece loaned by the Swedlow's on the cover, photographs of the Swedlow's garden, correspondence from the Swedlow family.
Box 6, Folder 1, Box 5, Folder 21-22

Correspondence. January 1992 - December 2001

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from friends and family of Ann Meselson
Box 6, Folder 2

Snuff bottles. November 1984

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence labeled "SB".
Box 6, Folder 3

Ann Cohen. December 1985 - April 1987

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Ann Cohen.
Box 6, Folder 4

Edmund Dwyer. September 1971 - December 1984

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Edmund Dwyer.
Box 6, Folder 5

Edgar & Margaret Wise. June 1972 - December 1985

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Edgar and Margaret Wise.
Box 6, Folder 6

Elisabeth Kardos. February 1974 - March 1984

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Elisabeth Kardos.
Box 6, Folder 7

Emma Dagan. October 1985 - December 1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Emma Dagan.
Box 6, Folder 8

Gullemin. January 1988

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from John and Robert Gullemin.
Box 6, Folder 9

International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society. May 1976 - October 1981

Scope and Contents note

Newsletters, pamphlets, and brochures from the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society.
Box 6, Folder 10

Julia & James Li. October 1982 - August 1987

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Julia & James Li.
Box 6, Folder 11

Joey Silver. December 1984 - February 1985

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Joey Silver.
Box 6, Folder 12

Laura & Larry Vierhelig. May 2001 - December 2001

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Laura & Larry Vierhelig.
Box 6, Folder 13

Neil Davey. July 1974 - February 1983

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Neil Davey of Sotheby's.
Box 6, Folder 14

Orientalia Journal. May 1992

Scope and Contents note

A copy of v.13, no.2 issue of Orientalia Journal and an order form.
Box 6, Folder 15

Toledo Museum of Art. September 1993 - March 1995

Scope and Contents note

Photograph of Ann Meselson at the Toledo Museum of Art, members newsletter, correspondence from the museum.
Box 6, Folder 16

Madame Alexander dolls. April 1985

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clippings about Madame Alexander dolls.

Arrangement note

Items found unfoldered, but paper clipped together.
Box 6, Folder 17

Photos. no date

Scope and Contents note

Photographs of the Meselson's, their family, and friends.
Box 6, Folder 18

Luigi Bandini. June 1986 - December 1991

Scope and Contents note

Copy of an article written by Luigi Bandini, correspondence, checks and invoices from Eskanazi and Sotheby's, photographs of artwork.
Box 6, Folder 19

Sydney Moss. June 1984 - November 1985

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Sydney L. Moss Ltd., personal notes, clipping of an article about Chinese porcelain.
Box 6, Folder 20

Hugh Moss. April 1972 - February 1977

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Hugh Moss.
Box 6, Folder 21

Pacific Asia Museum. April 1985 - May 1988

Scope and Contents note

Booklet from the Festival of the Autumn Moon at the museum, documentation of auction donations, personal notes, museum newsletters.
Box 7, Folder 1

Perry estate: sales & appraisal. November 1942 - February 1973

Scope and Contents note

Documentation from the Superior Court confirming the sale of snuff bottles from Lilla Perry's collection, certificate of appraisal from Asia Art Associates of items from Perry's collection, pages from "Antiques" November 1942 issue.
Box 7, Folder 2

S.B. snuff bottles Kansas City 1976. Febraury 1966 - May 1978

Scope and Contents note

Copy of a newspaper article about Chinese snuff bottles, correspondence to Ann Meselson from Roy Caldwell, Arthur Caldwell, Edward O'Dell, Robert Kinsey, correspondence to Lilla Perry from Hugh Moss.
Box 7, Folder 3

Hawaii Jan 1977 January 1975 - January 1977

Scope and Contents note

Workshop session schedule, International Netsuke Collectors Society Convention newsletter, convention agenda, Jan 1975 issue of "Honolulu" magazine.
Box 7, Folder 4

Netsuke kenkyukai convention, Miami '87. January 1987

Scope and Contents note

Book to accompany Sotheby's "Fine Netsuke, Inro, and Related Works of Art", convention schedule.

Arrangement note

Items in this folder were found in an unlabeled plastic folder.
Box 8, Folder 1

Joy & Elaine. January 1982 - March 1984

Scope and Contents note

Checks, correspondence from Elaine Ehrenkranz and Joy Epstein, photographs of netsuke.
Box 8, Folder 2

Bob Stevens to Lilla Perry. April 1965 - August 1969

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Bob Stevens to Lilla Perry.
Box 8, Folder 3

Letters from Hugh Moss to Lilla Perry 1963 - 1968 also Gerry Mack -- Russell Mulin April 1964 - April 1967

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Hugh Moss, Gerry Mack, and Russell Mullin to Lilla Perry.
Box 8, Folder 4-5

Perry Estate 1973 February 1964 - January 1970

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Edward O'Dell, Henry Hitt, and Russell Mullin to Lilla Perry, a copy of "Caught in a Mountain Cabin" by Lilla Perry.
Box 8, Folder 6

The Chinese Snuff Bottle Newsletter. July 1970

Scope and Contents note

Newsletter from the Chinese Snuff Bottle Society of America.

Arrangement note

Item found within a folder inside the larger folder labeled "Perry Estate 1973".
Box 8, Folder 11-13, Box 8, Folder 7-8

Lilla Perry corespondence. June 1963 - April 1980

Arrangement note

Items in Folder 12 were found together inside of a plastic bag in the folder labeled, "S.B. Private".

Scope and Contents note

Includes mostly correspondence from Lilla Perry to Ann Meselson. Also includes the Summer 1990 edition of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Journal, v.1, no. 4 of "Bushido," and correspondence from Russel Mullin, a family with the last name Hunter, and notes for a lecture by Lloyd Noakes.
Box 8, Folder 9-10

H. Hitt. February 1957 - September 1977

Scope and Contents note

Includes a booklet titled, "Treasures from Japan," membership cards, convention nametags, personal notes, and newspaper clippings about Henry Hitt.

Arrangement note

The folder, "H. Hitt" was found inside the folder, "S.B. Private"
Box 8, Folder 14

Bob Stevens. September 1975 - July 1976

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Bob Stevens to Ann Meselson.

Arrangement note

The folder, "Bob Stevens" was found inside the folder labeled, "S.B. Kansas City 1976".
Box 8, Folder 15

Letters from Gerd Lester to Hyman Meselson. January 1986 - February 1987

Physical Description: 1.0 folder

Scope and Contents note

Letters from Gerd Lester to Hyman Meselson, a copy of the lecture Lester gave to the Los Angeles Snuff Bottle Society in January 1986. Original folder labeled "1987."
Box 8, Folder 16

London Convention 1976. June 1976

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clippings about the convention, personal notes, copy of a newspaper article about netsuke, itinerary for the London Netsuke Convention.
Box 8, Folder 17

Nutske [sic]. August 1979

Scope and Contents note

Newsletters from the International Netsuke Collectors Society, catalogues from the British Museum and Spink & Son.

Arrangement note

Items in this folder were inside the folder labeled "London Convention 1976" behind a tab labeled "Netsuke".
Box 8, Folder 18

Cape Cod Netsuke Convention 1975. August 1975 - October 1975

Scope and Contents note

Catalogue of Netsuke for auction by Robert C. Eldred Co. Inc., visitor information from the Red Jacket Beach Motor Inn, programs from the Netsuke convention.
Box 8, Folder 19

Boston Museum Trip 1987. November 1987 - January 1988

Scope and Contents note

Business cards, postcards, personal photographs, correspondence from Helen Bernat, trip itineraries, pressed leaves.
Box 9, Folder 1

Ann Hull Grundy Hindson van Daalen, etc. 1960 - 1961

Scope and Contents note

Copy of newspaper article about netsuke, copy of "Stagshorn and Other Quaint Netsuke", April 1964 copy of "The Antique Collector".
Box 9, Folder 2

Exhibition of Ivory Carvings by Ichiro Inada. June 1972 - March 1999

Scope and Contents note

Booklet titled, "Exhibition of Ivory Carvings by Ichiro Inada" containing pages from an unknown book, correspondence from Robert Kinsey, personal photographs.
 

Letters. November 1920 - December 1983

Arrangement note

"Letters" was a large, expanding file folder. Items in this series labeled "Letters" are grouped together by the compartments in which they were found.
Box 9, Folder 3

Morris Swedlow. November 1920 - Febrary 1967

Scope and Contents note

Photograph of a clipping of a newspaper article about the suicide of Morris Swedlow, correspondence to Ann from various family members, correspondence from Morris Swedlow to his sister and the Tunick family.
Box 9, Folder 4

Letters from Lilla Perry, James Stroh, and Alice Thro. July 1972 - December 1983

Box 9, Folder 5

Letters from Miriam Kinsey, Michie Matsumoto, George Kuwayama. January 1972 - November 1980

Box 9, Folder 6

Julius Katchen. August 1965

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clipping about Julius Katchen, autographed program from "Symphonies Under the Stars".
Box 9, Folder 7

Balance book and checks written by Ann Meselson. May 1971 - November 1971

Box 9, Folder 8

Ephemera and clippings. May 1965 - May 1969

Scope and Contents note

Souvenir brochure from the Denver Convention Complex, Currigan Exhibition Hall, article about Harry Hoffman from Empire Magazine, newspaper clipping about Sam Feiner.
Box 9, Folder 9

War ration books. circa 1943 and 1970

Scope and Contents note

Also includes a card from Virginia Atchley written in January 1970.
Box 9, Folder 10

Galsworthy & Stones/Societe Jersiaise December 1985 - January 1987

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Galsworthy & Sons mentioning bottles belonging to Eric Young & given to the Societe Jersiaise upon his passing away.

Arrangement note

Item was found inside of a plastic folder.
Box 9, Folder 11

From the Connoisseur. June 1930

Scope and Contents note

copy of "From the Connoisseur" by Lady Ingram.
Box 9, Folder 12

The Meselson Collection of Japanese Inro April 1970

Scope and Contents note

A catalogue created by Roberta Pincus.
Box 9, Folder 13

Iris Rubinfield. May 1983 - October 1986

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Iris Rubinfield, copy of a newspaper article featuring Iris.
Box 9, Folder 14

Donation to Toledo Museum of Art Library - 1995. February 1995 - March 1995

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from the museum to the Meselons regarding a large donation of books to the museum's library.
Box 9, Folder 15

Inro. no date

Scope and Contents note

Descriptions of pieces in the Meselson collection provided by MFA.
Box 9, Folder 16

Copies of Appraisal. July 1992 - July 1992

Scope and Contents note

Appraisal of various snuff bottles and netsuke by the Oriental Corner and Sydeney L. Moss Ltd.

Arrangement note

Items found in a mailing envelope.
Box 9, Folder 17

Important Netsuke and Sagemo from Private American Collections. January 1986 - November 1988

Scope and Contents note

List of participants for the Far Eastern Art Council Tour in November 1988, business cards, hotel key card, personal notes, checks, pamphlet for Coconut Grove, photo invoice, copy of newspaper article about French drawings at the Lowe Museum, correspondence from Brian Dursum of the Lowe Art Museum regarding the loan of ojime to the exhibition, "Important Netsuke and Sagemono from Private American Collections".

Arrangement note

Items found together in a plastic bag.
Box 9, Folder 18-19

Washington & New York trip with LACMA's Far Eastern Arts Council. September 1988 - November 1988

Scope and Contents note

Museum pamphlets, itineraries, and forms related to a trip to Washington D.C. and New York City with LACMA's Far Eastern Art Council.
 

Snuff Bottle Book Letters (Lilla S. Perry)

 

Snuff Bottle Book Letters I, Letters Concerning the book, Chinese Snuff Bottles the Adventures and Studies of a Collector by Lilla S. Perry

Box 9, Folder 20

Correspondence from Virginia Mead, Lilla Perry, Elaine Ehrenkranz and Joy Epstein to Ann and Hyman Meselson, Snuff Bottle Society newsletter, correspondence from Russell Mullin to Lilla Perry, a copy of an article about Lilla Perry and her collecting July 1961 - May 1991

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from Virginia Mead, Lilla Perry, Elaine Ehrenkranz and Joy Epstein to Ann and Hyman Meselson, Snuff Bottle Society newsletter, correspondence from Russell Mullin to Lilla Perry, a copy of an article about Lilla Perry and her collecting.

Arrangement note

Items in this folder were found at the front of the book, but not enclosed in the book's binder rings.
Box 16

"Spine is labeled, “Snuff Bottle Book Letters I”. Includes correspondence between Lilla Perry and other snuff bottle collectors. Also includes Perry’s notes on the letters she has received and personal thoughts. Some items found in the front of the book, but not on the bound pages have been placed in a folder labeled, “Snuff Bottle Book Letters I” in Box 9. " 1961 - 1962

Box 10, Folder 1-5

Snuff Bottle Book Letters II August 1961 - December 1964

 

Lilla Perry's handwritten table of contents, correspondence from William Pope, Martin Schoen, Frank Caro, Roberta Pincus, Helen Yates, Martha Boaz, Bertha Benedict March 1962 - February 1962

 

Correspondence to Lilla Perry from Margaret Gentles, Allen Lyford, Glenn Greaves, Milton Altman, Sentaro Kondo, Goodrich Schauffler November 1961 - March 1962

 

Correspondence to Lilla Perry from Gerry Mack, Harold Florsheim, E. Combatalade, Joseph Early, and Isabel Dodge April 1962 - May 1962

 

Classification of Chinese Snuff Bottles list with Lilla's estimated values, correspondence to Lilla Perry from Bertha Benedict, Robert Haynes, Hugh Moss, Martin Schoen August 1961 - May 1962

 

Correspondence to Lilla Perry from Frank Caro, Huang Wen Shan, R. Mechin, Goodrich Schauffler, Carl Skinner, Toshi Yoshida, Mary Diamond July 1962 - December 1964

Box 10, Folder 6-8

Snuff Bottle Book Letters III January 1962 - May 1965

 

Lilla Perry's handwritten table of contents, correspondence from Dorothy Randall, Michael Abraham, Herman Frimel, Arthur Peterson, Ruth Ferguson, Eugene Kuhn, Lawrence Copeland, Alice Rydgren, Moriyuki Takata September 1962 - May 1965

 

Correspondence from Martin Schoen, Elizabeth Dickson, Dorothy Waddell, Alan Priest May 1963 - October 1963

 

Correspondence to Lilla Perry from Howard Harrison, Ralph Phillips, Giovanni Beghelli, Thomas Downes, Jackson Martindell, Carl Skinner, Julia Doty, John Rogers January 1962 - May 1965

Box 10, Folder 9-13

Snuff Bottle Book Letters IV February 1963 - May 1968

 

Lilla Perry's handwritten table of contents, correspondence from Ruth Ferguson, Charles Tuttle, Keith Merrill, Florence Ueltzen, Russell Mullin, Ruby Diamond, Belle Schoen February 1963 - Septemeber 1965

 

Correspondence to Lilla Perry from Gerry Mack, R. Mechin, Robert Haynes, M. Young, Lucille Parker, Frank Caro, Ronald Goodman December 1964 - July 1967

 

Correspondence to Lilla Perry from Hugh Moss, Richart Troxell, Ronald Goodman, Elizabeth Richards, Lucille Parker, Elizabeth Kardos, Stephen Omen, Lawrence Martin, Charles Swain, Carl Wright November 1965 - September 1967

 

Correspondence to Lilla Perry from Ralph Hults, Edward O'Dell, Charles Tuttle, Virginia Atchley, Linda Riddell, , Robert Pratt, Mortimer Edelstein, Samuel Beychok, Emily Curtis, and Arthur Logan October 1967 - May 1968

 

Correspondence to Lilla Perry from Jane Proctor, Frank Potts, Hugh Moss, Adolph Kroch, Andrew Hsueh April 1968 - June 1968

Box 10, Folder 14-16, Box 11, Folder 1-3

Snuff Bottle Book Letters V Bulk, 1963-1972 April 1963 - July 1992

 

Correspondence from Lilla Perry to Ann Meselson, mailing list Apr-63

 

Newspaper clipping, hotel invoice, correspondence from N.G. Shen to Henry Hitt Nov-72

 

Lilla Perry's handwritten table of contents, photographs of Lilla Perry and Ann Meselson, correspondence from Carol Richardson to her mother, newspaper clippings, correspondence to Lilla Perry from Bud Swain May 1969 - September 1969

Box 11 / Folder 4-5

Gem Stones

 

labels, correspondence from James Gaiser, Jennifer Milre to Ann Meselson, a copy of an article about the healing properties of gems & stones, copy of a news article about Heken Hanke February 1987 - August 1987

 

Book to accompany Christie's, "Chinese and Japanese Hardstones and Ivories", a book entirely in Japanese with images of artwork Nov-81

Box 11 / Folder 6

Asia Art Associates June 1972 - October 1974

 

Invoices, certificates of appraisal, object photography from Asia Art Associates June 1972 - October 1974

Box 11 / Folder 7

Miscellaneous collecting related material March 1975 - April 1986

 

Receipts, invoices, newspaper clippings, articles March 1975 - April 1986

 

At-A-Glance Inventory of Household Furnishings and Personal Property, listing of Ann Melselson's collectibles including jewelry, silver flatware, and decorative items 1969-1975

Box 11 / Folder 8

Miscellaneous ephemera and clippings April 1986 - June 1991

 

Newspaper clippings, blank postcards, photos, stickers, travel ephemera April 1986 - June 1991

Box 11/ Folder 9

Miscellaneous notes August 1993 - January 1994

 

Personal notes, correspondence August 1993 - January 1994

Box 11 / Folder 10-14

Snuff Bolltle Collecting Memento Album

 

Ephemera from Chinese Snuff Bottle Society conventions 1969 - 1979

 

Ephemera from Chinese Snuff Bottle Society conventions 1972 - 1982

 

Christmas newsletters from Edgar Wise December 1979 - December 1984

 

Classification of Chinese snuff bottles, newspaper clippings, Christmas cards from collector Thomas Van Nuys which contain descriptions of accompanying photographs of snuff bottles and brief personal updates. 1973

 

Several Christmas cards from collector Thomas Van Nuys which contain descriptions of accompanying photographs of snuff bottles and brief personal updates. Also enclosed is the May 1971 newsletter from the Chinese Snuff Bottle Society which was a memorial issue for Lilla Perry. May 1971 - December 1983

Box 11 / Folder 15

Metropolitan Fine Art Associates (November 1991) Nov-91

 

Appraisal of some items from Hyman and Ann Meselson's collection by Metropolitan Fine Art Associates. Nov-91

Box 11 / Folder 16-18

Metropolitan Fine Art Associates (Jan 1995) 15-Jan-95

 

MFA appraisal, for property that was to be donated to the Toledo Museum of Art. There are three copies of this appraisal report. 15-Jan-95

Box 12 / Folder 1-4

Photo Albums

 

personal photographs, notes, and photos of netsuke 1960 - 1966

 

A photo album containing images of the construction of the Meselson’s home, various pictures of the interior of the home, and family and friends of the Meselson’s 1964 -?

 

Photo album containing pictures of snuff bottles, netsuke, friends, and relatives of Ann Meselson including postcards and letters from other collectors and friends of Ann and are newspaper clippings about snuff bottle collectors and collecting 1968-1984

 

Photographs of netsuke, inro, and lacquer boxes from Ann Meselson’s collection. Predominantly color photographs, one in black and white

 

Book Inventory; Un-published items

Box 13 / Folder 1

Herald Square Single Entry Ledger 1977-1984

 

Contains names and mailing addresses for several of Ann Meselson’s contacts. It appears this booklet was also used by Ann to keep track of artwork she sold and purchased 1977-1984

Box 13 / Folder 2

Japan 1990 Architecture & nature a profound intimacy 1990

 

Spiral bound calendar created by the International Friendship Culture Association. Full of Ann Meselson’s notes and appointments 1990

Box 13 / Folder 3

Register of Painted Inside Chinese Snuff Bottles

 

A small booklet with information about the meaning of inscriptions on snuff bottles. The booklet was meant to be filled out with sketches and inscriptions by collectors and sent back

Box 13 / Folder 4

National Foundation for Medical Research 1993 1993

 

Hanging calendar belonging to Ann Meselson from the year 1993 1993

Box 13 / Folder 5

Notepad

 

A letter size notepad which appears to be Ann Meselson’s handwritten inventory of her collection

Box 14

Books

Bibliography

Christie’s. Chinese Snuff Bottles Japanese Netsuke, Inro, and Works of Art, 1964 Christie’s. Japanese Modern and Contemporary Prints, Paintings and Ceramics, 1990 Gookin, Frederick W., Teall Gardner. Ukiyo-É Paintings Japanese & Chines Color-Prints. The S.H. Mori Collection, 1926 Leavitt, Betty and Chris Randall. Netsuke: Superlative Pieces Exhibited in the Capitol, 1983. Metzgar, Judson D. Adventures in Japanese Prints by Judson D. Metzgar ~ A Story of Oriental Print Collecting in the Early Years of the Present Century with some Technical Criticisms on Prints and Observations on Forming a Collection Moss, Hugh M.. Chinese Snuff-Bottles, No.2 Mottana, Annibale, Rodolfo Crespi, Giuseppe Liborio, Martin Prinz, George E. Harlow, and Joseph Peters. Simon & Schuster’s Guide to Rocks & Minerals,1978 Nakane, Kinsaku. Kyoto Gardens, 1965 Neff, Therry Ann R., and Paul Anbinder. Toledo Treasures, 1995 Pacific Asia Museum, Japanese Lacquer from Southern California Collections,1991 Pacific Asia Museum. 1993 Festival of the Autumn Moon, 1993 Parke-Bernet Galleries Inc.. Art of the Orient, 1951 Perry, Lilla S.. Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Adventures & Studies of a Collector,1960 Perry, Lilla S.. My Friend Carl Sandburg, the Biography of a Friendship, 1981 Sotheby’s. The Swedlow Collection of Inro, Lacquer Netsuke and Ojime, 1993 Sotheby’s. Japanese and Korean Works of Art, 2000 Sunamoto Ivory & Co., Ltd.. The Exhibition for Ivory Carvings by the Best Artists, 1959 Sunamoto Ivory & Co., Ltd.. Exhibition of Ivory Carvings by Foremost Artists, 1960 Sunamoto Ivory & Co., Ltd.. Exhibition of Ivory Carvings by Foremost Artists, 1961 Sunamoto Ivory & Co., Ltd.. Exhibition of Ivory Carvings by Foremost Artists, 1969 Swords, Inc.. Fine Japanese Swords and Armor, 1982 The University Museum, University of Pennsylvania. Publications of the University Museum 1960, 1960 [“Takizawa, from Lilla Perry”. Japanese book containing illustrations. A brief note from Lilla to Ann about a snuff bottle is inside of the pages] [Japanese book given to Ann from Lilla Perry. This book contains illustrations of insects] [Book entirely in Japanese containing images and text. A newspaper article about Helen Hanke is inside of the back cover of this book] A Collection of Ivory Carvings of Hodo Sekizawa No.1, 1969 Kodo Okuda,
Box 15

Letters from collectors and articles mainly about Snuff 1964

 

Rest of title is missing since the corner of this book appears to have been torn off. Contains a list of snuff bottle collectors with mailing addresses, correspondence between Lilla Perry and other collectors, and newspaper clippings about snuff bottle collecting. 1964

Box 16

Photographs - Unprocessed