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2002.11.26 11:33
"Adventures of the Great Isfahan"
Down the long salon stretched a superb Isfahan carpet, on which too often cocktails were spilled.
Mrs. Stotesbury had sent to the Museum for the great Isfahan rug, which came back next day much in need of cleaning.
His will singled out the English portraits, the tapestries, two sets of furniture, the great Isfahan rug and the porcelains from Duveen to be sold.
The result of the Metropolitan's taking Whitemarsh Hall was indirectly to enrich the Philadelphia Museum. The Stotesbury tapestries, the fine furniture and the great Isfahan, which had remained at the house, were sent at once to the Museum as loans.
In November [1944] the remaining objects which Mr. Stotesbury's will had directed should be sold were removed from the Museum for an auction in New York. It was a butchery. One Romney, the Vernon Children brought $22,000, but no other painting fetched more than $10,000. The magnificent fifty-three foot Isfahan brought only $5,000. It had cost Stotesbury $90,000.

2002.11.27 10:56
Re: hh canvased
...regarding your musing of an exhibit of extreme appropriation, see the work of Sherri Levine (for a start). There is much more at issue than your questions (simply) suggest. A familiarity with Duchamp's modus operandi vis-a-vis his own work may also further illuminate your wonderings--the museum exhibit catalogue Joseph Cornell / Marcel Duchamp ... In Resonance is also a place to start.

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