Sir Percival David, 2nd Baronet (Biographical details)

Sir Percival David, 2nd Baronet (academic/intellectual; collector; British; Male; 1892 - 1964)

Also known as

David, Percival Victor

Biography

Sir Percival David, 2nd Baronet, cr.1911; Chairman, Sassoon, J.David and Co Ltd., Bombay; educated Elphinstone College, Bombay University, B.A. D. Lit. London University; Officer of the Legion d'Honneur; F.S.A., F. R. A. I., F.R.S.A., F. R. P. S. L; Hon Advisor , 1928-29 National Palace Museums ( Beijing); Governor of School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Director International Exhibition of Chinese Art, 1935-6.Financier and collector of Chinese ceramics. Born in Bombay, India. Inherited his father's baronecy in 1926. Donor of various Chinese works to the British Museum in his lifetime, and bequeathed his main collection to form the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art in 1952 at Gordon Square. This collection is now on long-term loan to the British Museum (see under Acquisition Name Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art). One of the finest collections of high-quality Chinese-taste Song, Ming and Qing ceramics as well as a wealth of documentary pieces including the famous David vases dated 1351.
Publications: "Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society", 'A Hsuan-te Ink-palette', vol. 10, 1931-32, p. 20, 1 Pl; 'The Shosoin Pottery', vol. 10, 1931-32, pp. 21-43, 3 Pls; 'Chinese porcelain in Constantinople', vol. 11, 1933-34, pp. 15-21, 5 Pls. 'Hsiang and his Album', vol. 11, 1933-34, pp. 22-47, 13 Pls; 'A Commentary on Ju Ware', vol. 14, 1936-37, pp. 18-69, 28 Pls; 'Introduction to the Catalogue of the Exhibition of Sung Dynasty Wares: Ju and Kuan Wares', vol. 27, 1951-52,[ 8pp]; Foreword. Index to Bushell's Translation of the "T'ao Shuo" by Lady David, vol 29, 1954-55, pp. 91-110.

Bibliography

Stacey Pierson, "Collectors, Collections and Museums: The Field of Chinese Ceramics in Britain 1560-1960", Bern 2007. pp.10-12, 30, 47, 98, 100, 102-5, 108&9, 111, 115&6, 120, 123, 129, 130, 142&3, 145, 147, 149&150, 152, 154, 156, 159&160, 162, 163, 165, 169&170-3,175-8, 182, 186-8, 190-1, 194, 196, 201, 203, 205, 209, 213; "Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society", vol. 35, 1963-1964, p. xxi & xxii, obituary, Harry M. Garner; Who’Who 1965, p. 762.; Jessica Harrison-Hall, "Ming Ceramics in the British Museum", 2001, p. 587&588; Roy Davids and Dominic Jellinek, "PROVENANCE: Collectors, Dealers and Scholars: Chinese Ceramics in Britain and America", 2011, pp. p. 137-9; Pls. 40 & 41, pp 140-1; Who’Who 1965, p. 762; Regina Krahl & Jessica Harrison-Hall,"Chinese Ceramics: Highlights of the Sir Percival David Collection", 2009. Lady David (q.v.) Lady David's introduction to Rosemary E. Scott, "Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art: A Guide to the Collection, London 1989. Lady David , "Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society", vol. 58, 1993-1994, p.xi&xii, obituary, Rosemary E. Scott.