Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Collecting: Marcus and Debby Flack's Passion for Asian Art

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Marcus Flack with two of the couple's scholar rocks.
NEW YORK---‘It’s alchemy,’ Marcus Flacks says of collecting Chinese art and classical furniture. As renowned dealers, collectors and experts, Flacks and his wife Debby consider themselves ‘grateful custodians’ of the masterpieces that have entered their Hampstead home. The Flacks’ philosophy of collecting is simple. ‘You only really know how important a piece of Chinese furniture is in a room when you take it out,’ Marcus says. ‘It brings an integrity to the room, without shouting, “Look at me, I’m gold”, or “Look at me, I’m carved”. It says, “This is a real room”.’ The Flacks Family Collection: A Very Personal Selection will be held on 16 September as part of Asian Art Week at Christie’s New York. [link]

SONG DYNASTY, DATED TO THE FOURTH YEAR OF THE SHAOXI REIGN (1193), FUJIAN PROVINCE