Saturday, Nov. 9th AND Sunday, Nov. 10th, 2019
Featuring The Darsky Collection
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Select contents from 50+ year antique & ancient artifacts Collection of Benjamin Darsky, PhD, University of Michigan professor who came to the U of M in 1950 where he was assistant Study Director for the Survey Research Center. While working as a research associate in the Bureau of Public Health Economics from 1952 to 1960, he attended the University of Michigan and earned the Ph.D. in 1960. He was appointed as associate of Public Health Economics in 1960 and was promoted to professor in 1964. As chairman of the doctoral program for research training in medical care organization from 1964 to 1970, Professor Darsky played a key role in the department. In addition to his teaching, he served as chairman of a dozen doctoral committees and as a member of many others. During his career, Professor Darsky served as a special consultant to the U.S. Senate committee on aging. He also participated in the well-known Windsor Medical Services Utilization Study for many years and has been a member of the research policy committee of the Kaiser Permanent Health Care Plan Northern Region since 1968. In 1979-1980 he directed the University of Michigan study of attitudes of University of Michigan employees toward joining a University-sponsored health maintenance organization. In 1987, the regents recognized this distinguished scholar by naming Benjamin J. Darsky Professor Emeritus of Health Services Management and Policy.
The items listed are just the beginning of his large collection. His wife, Anna, was a Holocaust survivor and a truly magnificent human being, always supportive and at Benjamin’s side for decades of adventures and acquisitions.
Collection includes Ancient Near East Artifacts from Early & Middle Bronze I & II Periods, Iron Age, Canaanite, Egypto-Phoenician, and others. Outstanding American Indian (Southwest Pueblo Pottery) collection including Santo Domingo, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Hopi, Acoma, Anasazi, Chaco, Tularosa, Laguna, and others... American Indian (Northwest Coast) Artifacts mostly by Lelooska…Fine Art including Picasso, Rembrandt, Chagall, Braque, Heckel, and other noted artists… Bronzes, Silk Carpets, Paintings, Native American Carpets, Weavings, Blankets, and Baskets, Old Southwest Pueblo Pottery includes Tularosa, Hopi, Zia, Acoma, Santo Domingo, Santa Clara, Lelooska (Northwest Artifacts), Ancient Iron and Bronze Age Artifacts from the Holy Land, Judaica, and Jewish Artwork, 12th-13th-century Persian Wares. There is also additional antique Judaica, rare books, prints, fine artwork, and decorative items. The Darsky home in Ann Arbor was adorned and laid out with impeccable taste with artifacts from 4000 B.C.E. to 20th century. Truly one of the most diverse collections assembled in the Midwest, all from a charming home set up as an intimate museum.
Estates & Trusts represented include:
The Darsky Collection - Benjamin & Anna Darsky (Ann Arbor)—Including Old World Antiquities dating back to 4000 B.C.E., Important Documented Southwestern Pottery and Textiles dating back to A.D. 1400, Historical Judaica Items, Persian Items 12th-13th c., Original 1945 Pablo Picasso Bronze Le Feme Debout, Chagall, Braque, Heckel, Baskin, Ryback, Tooker, Cassara, etc... Many cultural items of importance including Aboriginal, African, Lelooska, among others.
The Teal Collection (Ann Arbor) - Dr. Lawrence Teal (University of Michigan) & Dr. Mary Teal (Eastern Michigan University)—Antique Snuff Bottle Collection, Asian ware, and Fine Carpets plus 1923 Mason & Hamlin (Model A) Grand Piano.
Douglas Kahn - (the Paul G. Kauper Professor of Law Emeritus-University of Michigan)—Fine Sterling and Carpets.
Robin F. Riser Trust (Ann Arbor)—Rembrandt Etching, Romano Wolverine Bronze & Artwork
Van Curler Trust (Ann Arbor)—Exceptional Large 1859 Dated Oil Painting by Alfred de Bylandt.
Rosemary Jefferson Trust (Dearborn)—Select paintings including (2) Will Foster original