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 Bruce, Robert Charles

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Robert Charles Bruce (1898-1953), of 79 Cadogan Square, London SW, inherited the collection of Imperial Chinese ceramics and cloisonne enamels from his uncle, Sir Frederick Bruce, collected while the latter was Ambassador in Peking from 1860-64. The Burrell pieces are of later taste and would seem to have been purchased by Robert Bruce himself, rather than coming from Sir Frederick’s collection. Robert Bruce was himself an active collector, a member of the Oriental Ceramic Society and a lender to the Royal Academy 1935-36 exhibition. His collection was offered for sale at Sotheby’s on 12 May 1953, shortly before his death.

Published sources
‘Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society’, volume 27, 1951-53, p.8.

Collector, Robert Charles Bruce

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