- Also known as
primary name: Reitlinger, Gerald
- individual; collector; academic/intellectual; British; Male
- Life dates
- He studied art at the Slade and the Westminster School of Art in London. With Professor D. Talbot Rice, Oxford University, he directed an expedition to Hira, Iraq in 1931-2. Author of 'The economics of taste', 1961-71. His collection of later Persian ceramics was one of the largest in its day. The British Museum and the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford all benefitted greatly from his generous gifts and bequests of Far Eastern ceramics and other materials. Reitlinger died three weeks after a fire at his home Woodgate House, Beckley which destroyed some 5 per cent to 10 per cent of his collection, but 2,000 items still went to the Ashmolean Museum.
Collector, artist, traveller and author. Donated a major collection of Islamic ceramics to the Ashmolean Museum, and a small number of pieces to the V&A.
Publications:G. Reitlinger, ‘Sultanabad’, TOCS, vol. 20, 1944-1945, pp. 25-34;
- Harrison-Hall, 2001, p. 593 & 594; Davids and Jellinek, 2011, p. 372; Who’s Who 1972, pp. 2667 & 8; Ashmolean Museum, “Eastern Ceramics and other works of art from the collection of Gerald Reitlinger” 1981.