This book explores the ways in which Nordic private collectors displayed their collections of Chinese objects in their homes.
This leads to a reconsideration of how to define collecting and display by analysing the difference between objects serving as decorative or collectible items, while tracing collecting and display trends of the twentieth century. Minna Törmä examines four Scandinavian collections as case studies: Kustaa Hiekka, Sophus Black, Osvald Sirén and Marie-Louise and Gunnar Didrichsen, all of whom had professional backgrounds (a jeweler, two businessmen and a scholar) and for whom collecting became a passion and an educational endeavour.
This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, museum studies, Chinese studies and design history.
Table of Contents
1. Collections and Collecting; 2. Kustaa Hiekka’s World Tour Souvenirs on Display; 3. Sophus Black and Living in Chinese Style; 4. Scholarly Souvenirs: Osvald Siren’s Chinese Things; 5. The Didrichsens: A Modernist Home for Chinese Objects; 6. Conclusion
Minna Törmä is a lecturer in the history of art at the University of Glasgow and adjunct professor of art history at the University of Helsinki.