Dr. and Mrs. Bernard H. Kessner Collection of Doughty Birds
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of seven bone china sculptures of American songbirds, insects, and flora, designed by well-known British artist, Dorothy Susan Doughty (1892–1962). The sculptures were created at the Royal Worcester Ceramic Works in Stoke-on-Trent, England. These sculptural models were purchased and donated to Brandeis by Dr. Bernard Kessner and Mrs. Miriam Kessner, who were benefactors of the University in the 1960s and 1970s. Source: "Dr. and Mrs. Bernard H. Kessner Collection of Doughty Birds" Special Collections Spotlight Essay, by Surella Seelig and Chloe Gerson, August 1, 2016
- Creation: circa 1941-1958
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use and has no known restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.
7 Linear Feet (7 sculptures in storage boxes)
Language of Materials
There is no discernable arrangement noted for this collection.
The sculptures in this collection were designed by artist, Dorothy Susan Doughty (1892–1962), and manufactured at the Royal Worcester Ceramic Works in Stoke-on-Trent, England. They were then purchased and donated to the Brandeis Library in mulitple accessions by Bernard and Miriam Kessner, between 1968-1970.
Some of the sculptures are on loan to the Rose Art Museum, as part of Mark Dion's permanent exhibition entitled, "The Undisciplined Collector."
The provenance of this collection was traced by consulting of donation correspondence between the donor and Brandeis University Administrators.
- Dr. and Mrs. Bernard H. Kessner Collection of Doughty Birds
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