PERSIA IN DOUBLE BAY, SYDNEY Leigh Mackay – TAASA Review September 2012


This article was originally found in the September 2012 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 21, Issue 3, Page 27).

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TAASA’S event Persia in Double Bay, scheduled for 23 June, was an invitation to view the collection of local Iranophile, Frances Brown.

Demand from members was so high that Frances kindly took three groups through her collection over the weekend. Entering her apartment on a clear winter day was like walking into a Persian bazaar except the view from the sunny rooftop was of Double Bay, not Isfahan, and the many decorative items displayed for our enjoyment included some rarer pieces than you would probably find in most Iranian bazaars today. Frances had recently returned from 20 years in London as a volunteer at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The V&A’s remarkable collection of Persian and other Islamic art had inspired her to travel to Iran, sparking her long love affair with all things Persian...