Sotheby's Presents: The Edith & Stuart Cary Welch Collection

LONDON | October 2023

Stuart Cary Welch (1928 – 2008) was a ground-breaking scholar and visionary curator, whose contribution for over half a century to the study of the art and aesthetics of the Islamic World, and India in particular, was second to none. A pioneering art historian, his career as a magnetic lecturer at Harvard (1960-1995) was complemented by his role as curator of Islamic and Indian Art at Harvard Art Museums and a special consultant in charge of the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Twinned with the popularity of his publications was his ability as a great communicator, and this dynamism inspired many of today’s generation of curators in the field. Cary Welch also lent frequently to museums – as is demonstrated by the exhibition history of the lots offered in the auction – and his generous donations to Harvard Art Museums and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have given these institutions outstanding additions to their permanent collections. Welch’s acquisitions were culturally and geographically wide-ranging and included works from Persia, India, China, Japan and beyond. The live auction takes place on 25 October at Sotheby's London.

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