BAR 11:02, Mar/Apr 1985
Elie Borowski Seeks a Home for His Collection
Eliechish, his brothers called him. Elie the dreamer. He does not deny it; he is a dreamer. Today he is 71 years old and still dreaming. One of Elie Borowskis dreams is 20 years old. Whether it will ever be realized is still an open question.
He tries to suppress his anger and frustration, but it spills out all over. Please, Elie, dont say it, his wife pleads. He cannot be stopped; he is a compulsive talker anyway. He has given so much; why shouldnt others be willing to do even a tiny fraction of what he has done?
Elie Borowski is one of the lastperhaps the lastof the great scholar-dealer-collectors of Near Eastern antiquities. He has a doctors degree from the University of Geneva. He has published a fistful of arcane articles in learned journals. He has shaped collections for a dozen museums and private collectors. But above all, he has created his own collectionthe crème de la crème, as he calls it, the finest and the rarest.