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The Jeffrey Appleby Collection

The Jeffrey Appleby Collection represents the majority of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s South American holdings, augmented by a modest number of exceptional pre-Hispanic and Spanish Colonial textiles. Collector and dealer Jeffrey Appleby gifted his large collection of Andean textiles to the Museums in 1992. Made for both every day and ceremonial use, the textiles date primarily from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with some Colonial-era examples, and come from the present-day countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru. In 1997, the Museums celebrated the acquisition of this collection with the exhibition and catalogue, Traditional Textiles of the Andes: Life and Cloth in the Highlands.


Image: Woman's mantle (iscayo), early 19th century. Bolivia, Pacajes province, La Paz, Aymara. Sheepswool or camelid, warp-faced plain weave, 45 1/2 x 36 9/16 in. (115.5 x 92.8 cm). The Jeffrey Appleby Andean Textile Collection, 1992.107.152