Renowned figures in the fields of art and design, Gerson and Judith Leiber have spent their lives surrounded by beautiful art and objects. An established painter, Gerson Leiber has exhibited his abstract expressionist works across America, while Judith Leiber is none other than the celebrated handbag designer whose minaudières have graced the arms of First Ladies, celebrities and socialites alike.
Lesser known to the public is the collection of Chinese works of art amassed by Judith and Gerson Leiber over the course of their lifetime. Spanning almost 2,000 years of China’s artistic heritage and acquired mainly through prominent European and American dealers, the collection embodies a classic taste often found in traditional Western collections of Chinese art. Highlights include a large pair of Qianlong period famille-rose soldier vases and covers, formerly in the collection of Fonthill House, Wiltshire, England, sold by the Rt. Hon The Lord Margadale of Islay in 1965; a late Ming dynasty rare blue and white luduan-form censer, and a fine Qianlong mark and period teadust-glazed bottle vase.