Saturday, January 19, 2013

Amber in the Getty

I have been looking at the holdings of amber in the J. Paul Getty Museum, and in particular the collecting histories for the items in the online catalogue:

1976:
76.AO.76 [Cat. 7]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
76.AO.77 [Cat. 8]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
76.AO.78 [Cat. 31]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
76.AO.79 [Cat. 11]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
76.AO.80 [Cat. 33]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
76.AO.81 [Cat. 34]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
76.AO.82 [Cat. 39]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
76.AO.83 [Cat. 40]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
76.AO.84 [Cat. 37]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
76.AO.85.1 [Cat. 10]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
76.AO.85.2 [Cat. 15]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.

1977:
77.AO.81.1 [Cat. 3]. Not stated.
77.AO.81.2 [Cat. 5]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.3 [Cat. 6]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.4 [Cat. 14]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.5 [Cat. 23]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.6 [Cat. 55]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.7 [Cat. 41]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.8 [Cat. 32]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.9 [Cat. 35]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.10 [Cat. 36]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.11 [Cat. 42]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.12 [Cat. 52]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.13 [Cat. 43]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.14 [Cat. 44]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.15 [Cat. 45]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.16 [Cat. 46]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.17 [Cat. 47]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.18 [Cat. 48]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.19 [Cat. 49]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.20 [Cat. 54]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.21 [Cat. 50]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.22 [Cat. 51]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.24 [Cat. 56]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.25 [Cat. 26]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.29 [Cat. 16]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.81.30 [Cat. 25]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.82 [Cat. 4]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.83 [Cat. 38]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
77.AO.84 [Cat. 1]. Not stated.
77.AO.85 [Cat. 2]. Not stated.

1978:
78.AO.286.1 [Cat. 29]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.
78.AO.286.2 [Cat. 28]. Gift of Gordon McLendon.

1979:
79.AO.75.28 [Cat. 30]. Gift of Stanley Silverman.

1982:
82.AO.51 [Cat. 57]. Gift of Vasek Polak.
82.AO.161.1 [Cat. 13]. Not stated.
82.AO.161.2 [Cat. 27]. Not stated.
82.AO.161.3 [Cat. 17]. Not stated.
82.AO.161.4 [Cat. 53]. Not stated.
82.AO.161.6 [Cat. 9]. Not stated. "donated along with a large and varied group of amber beads and pendants about which little is known.".
82.AO.161.7 [Cat. 24]. Not stated.

1983: Inv. 83.AO.202, gift of Vasek Polak. Eighteen carved ambers from Magna Graecia. [Note the euphemism for southern Italy.]
83.AO.202.1 [Cat .12]. Gift of Vasek Polak. Now noted as Etruscan.
83.AO.202.4 [Cat. 18]. Gift of Vasek Polak. Now noted as Italic.
83.AO.202.5 [Cat. 19]. Gift of Vasek Polak. Now noted as Italic.
83.AO.202.6 [Cat. 20]. Gift of Vasek Polak. Now noted as Italic.
83.AO.202.12 [Cat. 21]. Gift of Vasek Polak. Now noted as Italic or Campanian.
83.AO.202.18 [Cat. 22]. Gift of Vasek Polak. Now noted as Italic.

Gifts from Gordon McLendon and Vasek Polak were among items returned by the Getty to Italy (November 2006 announcement).

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