Vetlesen Jades Donated

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Summary

The estate of Maud Monell Vetlesen, through her son Edmund C. Monell, gives a large (130 pieces) and beautifully carved collection of Chinese jade objects from the 17th and 18th centuries. The pieces are carved either in nephrite or jadeite, two jade minerals. Some of the pieces dated from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), but most were from the Ching Dynasty (1644-1912). These are displayed in the new Halls of Gems and Minerals, National Museum of Natural History, in a room designed solely for its display, which was opened to the public on December 11, 1958.

Subject

  • Monell, Edmund C
  • Vetlesen, Maude Monell
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • AR 1961 spells the name "Monel."
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1961, p. 4
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1959, p. 3, 13, 46
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1961, p. 4

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1958

Topic

  • Gems
  • Mineralogy
  • Gifts

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