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Mathias Komor photographic archive, 1935-1978.

Komor, Mathias 1909-1984.

Available at Special Collections  STORAGE - PHOTO ARCHIVE - CONTACT REFERENCE  (89.P.5 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Mathias Komor photographic archive, 1935-1978.
  • Author/Creator: Komor, Mathias 1909-1984.
  • Creation Date: 1935-1978.
  • Arrangement: Arranged in two series: Series I. Photographs; Series 2. Miscellaneous papers.
  • Physical Desc.: 10.2 linear feet (23 boxes).
    ca. 5,700 photographic prints : b&w, some col. ; 30 x 25 cm. or smaller..
    682 photographic negatives : b&w, some col..
    15 slides..
    263 transparencies..
  • Summary: Assembled by Mathias Komor, an art dealer in New York City from the 1930s until his death in 1984, the collection documents objects that passed through one of the first New York dealers to handle ancient and primitive art. Much of this material is now in public and private collections in the United States. The Komor archive is comprised of photographs of objects and some miscellaneous archival and ephemeral material. These are the only surviving records of the Komor Gallery and do not include business records.
    The bulk of the archive, Series I, is comprised of photographs of Classical, Near Eastern, and Egyptian antiquities; ethnographic objects from Africa, Meso-America, and Oceania; Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Southeast Asian art; European sculpture, minor arts, and drawings. Photographers include Richard Averill Smith, G.D. Hackett, Peter A. Juley & Son, Raymond Fortt Studios, and R.H. Hildyard. Most photographs document objects that went through the Komor Gallery, while others were added for study or comparative purposes. Many of the photographs are not annotated.
    In addition to the photographs, the collection also includes a small quantity of other material forming Series II. Included here are scholarly correspondence; 17 drawings of various subjects; 54 rubbings; two architectural plans of Komor's New York gallery; several manuscript versions and galleys of the printed text of Komor's 1951 exhibition catalog, Imperial porcelains of the Ming dynasty, 1368-1644 A.D.; a manuscript on Chinese ceramics; a manuscript by Alan Priest on a Chinese landscape scroll; and clippings.
  • Language: English
  • Language Note: Some material in German.
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Inventory of archival material available in the repository.
  • Notes: Title devised.
  • Form/Genre: Black-and-white prints (photographs)
    Photographic transparencies
    Negatives (photographs)
    Slides (photographs)
  • Subjects: Komor, Mathias -- Photograph collections Classical antiquities Art, African Indian art -- Mexico Indian art -- Central America Art -- Oceania Art, Japanese Art, Chinese Art, Indic Art, Southeast Asian Sculpture, European Decorative arts -- Europe Drawing, European Middle East -- Antiquities Egypt -- Antiquities
  • Contributors: Komor, Mathias. Komor, Mathias. Smith, Richard Averill. Hackett, G. D. Hildyard, R. H. Peter A. Juley & Son. Raymond Fortt Studios.
  • ID/Accession Number: 1380-535
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 78681487
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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