One of the great contemporary craft collectors and patrons, Daphne passionately sought and purchased only the very best works by artists in textiles, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and furniture. She always welcomed suggestions and was eager to look at new work.
We fondly remember spending many Sundays and Mondays driving down to the Farago home in Little Compton with a car packed full of artwork. Many hours were spent discussing the work and finally walking around the house with Daphne looking for the perfect spot to place the next acquisition. Her husband, Peter, was always in the background commenting about the art with a great sense of humor.
Daphne was named one of the top 100 art collectors in the world by Art News Magazine. Three separate donations of her extensive collection were made in 2007, 2011, and 2013 to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, including over 600 pieces of studio jewelry and 120 textiles and baskets by the late Ed Rossbach and his wife Katherine Westphal. Concurrently, Daphne established The Farago Lecture on Jewelry Series at the MFA, which is a yearly event focusing on Art Jewelry presentations by leaders in the field. Selections from the Farago collection can currently be seen in various galleries throughout the MFA, including the Farago Gallery.
We will miss Daphne dearly but take comfort in knowing that the pieces she loved and lived with are in a special home and will be enjoyed by future generations.
Libby & JoAnne Cooper
July 27, 2017
358 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138