Harn Museum of Art Receives $4.2 Million Collection of Asian Art


GAINESVILLE, FL.- Dr. David A. Cofrin, one of the founding donors of the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, has bequeathed 312 works of Asian art worth an estimated $4.2 million to the museum. Dr. Cofrin also established a $1 million endowment for the acquisition of Asian art. The gifted works include jades, ceramics, metals such as cloisonné and bronze, glass, ivory and lacquers from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. The donation is particularly strong in Chinese jades which predominantly date from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Dr. Cofrin’s bequest brings his total gifts to the Harn Museum of Art to more than $30 million. Prior to this bequest, Dr. Cofrin and his wife Mary Ann donated $10 million towards the construction of the 26,000 sq. ft. David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, a $20 million addition scheduled to open in 2012. He and his wife were also instrumental in funding the purc