EDINBURG Dorothy Braude died peacefully January 5th in Brookline Massachusetts. A Boston native, Dorothy was the only child of Harry Buchman Braude (a chemical engineer) and Bessie Kisloff (a lawyer and judge). She studied at Walnut Hill School and then entered Wellesley College, where she studied art history and French. Her husband, Joseph M. Edinburg, was an executive with Chandler & Farquhar, a Boston-based hardware and machinists’ supplies dealer, the firm that her father had served as president. She had three children: Jo-Ann Edinburg Pinkowitz, John Edinburg, and Hope Edinburgh (who predeceased her). She is survived by four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Dorothy’s parents collected 18th-century French furniture, Chinese porcelain and furniture, and livres d’artistes (books illustrated by artists). While still a student a Wellesley, Dorothy began purchasing Chinese art. From a young age, Dorothy began to collect works on paper reflecting the major artistic movements of the first half of the twentieth century. As the chance to travel improved after the war, she began to broaden her scope to include prints and drawings of the 15th through 20th centuries, and Chinese ceramics of the Tang and Song Dynasties. She had the highest standards and thoroughly researched all works that she considered for acquisition. A long-standing friend, Stuart Denenberg, has described her as “a character of immense intelligence and genuine passion for the finest works of art.” Her collection has been considered ‘one of the most important private collections of its kind in the United States.’ During her lifetime, she was a supporter of a number of Boston-based institutions, but in the past two decades she developed a strong and rewarding relationship with the Art Institute of Chicago, giving it more than 1500 works of art between 1991 and 2014. The exhibitions that the Art Institute mounted of her collection include: Gifts of a Lifetime: 49 Old Masters Drawings, Dorothy Braude Edinburg Collection, December 11, 1998 March 28, 1999. Drawn to Form: Modern Drawings from Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection in the Art Institute of Chicago, June 22 September 7, 1999. Drawings in Dialogue: Old Master Through Modern, The Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection, June 3 July 30, 2006. The Thrill of the Chase: Drawings for the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection, March 15 June 15, 2014. Deft Hands, Discerning Eyes: Chinese and Korean Ceramics from the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection, September 18, 2008 January 10, 2010. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 12:00 P.M. at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 1668 Beacon Street, Brookline. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to Art Institute of Chicago. STANETSKY MEMORIAL CHAPELS 617-232-9300 www.stanetsky.com
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Published in Boston Herald on Jan. 6, 2015