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The Valentine Pasvolsky Collection

The Valentine Pasvolsky Collection

While serving in the U.S. army, Valentine Pasvolsky was afforded the opportunity to travel. In his off-hours, he visited numerous American Indian tribes and became a trusted friend. Through visits and trade with the natives, he continually expanded his knowledge of native life as well as his collection of artifacts, eventually amassing one of the largest private collections of North and South American Indian art in the world.

Pasvolsky began exhibiting his collection at his home, known as the Indian Village Museum and Trading Post of Lakewood in New Jersey. Three rooms on the first floor served as a museum, open to the public for a nominal fee. School children, scouts and other interested individuals spent hours studying his displays. Pasvolsky, in turn, thoroughly enjoyed sharing his vast knowledge with his patrons. To boot, he began exhibiting select items from his collection at various events, often giving presentations donned in full Indian regalia.

Pasvolsky's collection of North and South American Indian art was divided between his son and daughter. For the second time, Heritage is proud to present the Valentine Pasvolsky Collection. The present sale represents his son's inheritance; the daughter's family sold their portion of the collection through Heritage in November of 2013 and May of 2014.