Every Federal Employee Deserves Favor: Gifts of State in the Bowers’ Collections

Gold Bracelet, c. 1970 Jordanian Gold and elephant hair; 1 1/8 x 2 1/2 in. 77.4.8 Gift of United States Government The Gift that Keeps on Taking In the United States there is a price that can be put on changing someone’s mind. It exists in the form of an upper limit for the value of gifts that can be accepted from foreign dignitaries and, given tha...
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Fair Weather Friends: 19th Century Parasols

Parasols, 19th and 20th Centuries Possibly Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944) and Unknown Makers; France and England Wood, metal, silk, cotton and pigments; Various dimensions 32172C, 7992D and 7992A Gift of Mrs. G. W. Pike (32172C) and Irene P. Cutter Memorial Doll Collection (7992D and 7992A) Parasols for Paris Souls The science of selecti...
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Käthe Kollwitz: Don't Fear the Reaper

Whetting the Scythe  from The Peasants' Revolt, 1905 Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867–1945) Etching on paper; 21 1/2 x 18 in. 33542  Gift of Mr. Howard Graham Käthe   Käthe Kollwitz, 1919 Fascination with the moribund can come from any number of circumstances. For Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1942) it stemmed from a lifetime of tragedy, ...
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Society through the Looking Glass

Lorgnettes, 18 th to early 20 th Centuries Probably France and United States Metal, tortoiseshell, lacquer, paint and glass 2000.8.37, .39, .123 Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Preston  “…the inevitable lorgnette, the enemy of other people’s privacy.” –Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca 2000.8.37 in all three stages of unfolding. Lorgnettes, spectacles h...
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