The collection was created over the past ten-year period. The website was established in 2007. Some pieces were collected overseas and some were acquired from art dealers and collectors in Taiwan.
Gratitude is due to all the dealers, collectors, and experts in Taiwan and abroad who have supported this project, assisted with the establishment of the website and were willing to release precious items from their own collections. For items belonging to former private collections, the names are mentioned as the source of provenance of the object in the description.
The foundation of the Yang-Grevot collection can be traced in significant part to four previously existing collections that date back more than half a century. The original collection was started by the consul and his wife (Mr. and Mrs Warner) in the 1930s, a missionary in the 1940s, an engineer in the 1950s and an art professor (M. Joseph Kagle) in the 1960s.
Joseph Kagle came to Taiwan in the middle of the 1960s as an art student on a Fullbright scholarship. In Taipei, he became acquainted with Chen Chi-lu—the well- known anthropologist and world-reknown specialist on Taiwan’s aboriginal peoples—and accompanied him on field research trips to aboriginal villages in the island’s southern mountains. Under the guidance of Chen Chi-lu, Joseph Kagle collected the pieces that entered the Yang-Grevot collection. Today, living in Houston, Texas, Joseph Kagle is a well known art professor and art consultant.
Gerald Warner was American consul in Taipei (then called Taihoku by the Japanese colonial administration) from 1937 to 1941. Interested in textiles and jewellery of the island’s aboriginal people, Rella Warner, his wife, brought many examples back to the United States. Their daughter, Elizabeth Warner-Gontard, agreed for these pieces to join the Yang-Grevot collection.