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Leopold Iklé - a passionate collector
20 November 2002 until 25 May 2003
On 5 March 2003 there will be a public guided tour through the exhibition
Leopold Iklé (1838-1922), textile industrialist, connoisseur and explorer of textile works of art donated his first valuable collection of historic textiles to the then Industry and Textile Museum, today's Textile Museum. In the course of the last 100 years or so, further objects from Iklé's second collection have also found their way into the Textile Museum. In a special exhibition lasting from 20 November to 25 May 2003, the Textile Museum pays tribute to the collector.
In her bequest of 1999, Gertrud
Calame-Iklé, a granddaughter of Adolf Iklé's, who with
his elder brother Leopold, ran the company Iklé Frères
in St. Gallen, provided for the establishment of the
Iklé-Frischknecht Foundation. The aim of this foundation
is to promote, manage and preserve the Leopold Iklé
Collection in the St.Gallen Textile Museum.
Textile objects of outstanding quality reveal the collector's very wide-ranging interests. They can be dated to the time between the 6th and 18th centuries and extend far beyond the first collection goal, namely to provide models and a source of inspiration for the industrial production of embroideries.
It was not only at the time when Leopold Iklé retired from his successful business life that his extensive interest in textiles and their cultural history was kindled, an interest which he shared with a friend of his who was 20 years his junior, the Abbey librarian Adolf Fäh (1858-1932). Even in his mature years, he looked for significant, sometimes large-scale works such as lace covers with figurative representations. Even in Iklés own time, these very valuable, unique objects were unlikely to have been simply on offer on the art market. Jointly, the two friends deciphered the iconography of the biblical representations on lace, fabrics and embroideries, which meant a great deal to the collector. Together they published two extensive volumes on lace and embroideries from the Leopold Iklé Collection which contain numerous high-quality illustrations and which attract a great deal of attention.
A richly illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition, which combines a tribute to the collector Leopold Iklé with descriptions of individual valuable textile objects.
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