Tacoma Art Museum and Young family resolve art donation issue; Chinese collection still to be auctioned with some items donated
After a lawsuit, a community meeting and many hours of legal wrangling, Tacoma Art Museum and the Young family came to an agreement Tuesday afternoon about the museum’s sale of a donation of Chinese artifacts by the family over three decades ago. A hearing at the Pierce County Superior Court Tuesday morning was postponed, then eventually cancelled as both parties resolved the issue outside the courtroom.
While the museum will continue with the second phase of the sale of the collection at auction at Bonhams, San Francisco on March 12, it will withdraw several items that will be donated to a Northwest institution in the near future, the joint press release said.
“We regret that the conversation between us, the museum and the community took the direction that it did,” said Al Young, son of Col. John and Mary Young who donated their collection of Qing dynasty robes and jade to the museum in 1976. “We appreciate the museum hearing our concerns and we will work together to address them.”
“(The Youngs) have a rich legacy which the museum will continue to recognize,” said TAM director Stephanie Stebich. “We are pleased that all has been resolved…We regret that the Young family heirs had the impression that the museum did not value the gift of their parents.” Read more »