Art: Circulating Collections

Into the capacious lap of Yale ("Mother of Men") fell yet another rich gift last week. In honor of his wife Mabel, sister of the late Papal Marquis Nicholas Frederic Brady, and on the occasion of their 20th wedding anniversary, onetime alien property custodian (now chemical tycoon) Francis Patrick Garvan presented to the university his enormously valuable collection of early Americana—furniture, silver, glass, ceramics, prints—to be known as the Mabel Brady Garvan Collections. He also set up a Mabel Brady Garvan foundation to take care of them.

Different from most bequests is this...

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