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The Baur Family - who is baur?

The Entrepreneur

Baur Asia is the younger sister of A. Baur & Co.(Pvt) Ltd which was founded in 1897 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, by the entrepreneur Alfred Baur. The company initially dealt with fertilizers and later extended business as a pioneer in the scientific manuring in Sri Lanka. Today A. Baur & Co.(Pvt) Ltd is one of the major importers and distributors in Sri Lanka of agro-chemicals, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals and textile dyes.

To learn more about Alfred Baur's quest, visit A. Baur's website here:

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A. Baur & Co.(Pvt) Ltd
Baur Asia's big sister in Colombo, Sri Lanka


The Art Collector

In 1906, Alfred returned to live in Switzerland, choosing to settle in Geneva, the home town of his wife. While he continued to manage his business in Colombo, he discovered a new passion as an art collector. His first purchases included Japanese ceramics, lacquer ware, netsuke and sword fittings as well as Chinese jades. But soon he found interest in Chinese ceramics. Shortly before his death in 1951, Alfred purchased a town house in the centre of Geneva with the intention of turning it into a museum. The Baur Collection, Museum of Far Eastern Art first opened to the public in 1964.

To learn more about Alfred's passion, visit the museum's website here:

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Collection Baur

Museum of Arts of Far Eastern collectibles in Geneva, Switzerland

The Legacy

With the century long experience gained, Baur has yet to grow. That is why Baur Asia was founded in 2007, with the purpose to spread out Baur's trading business even further to the South- and Far-East, making use of new business models and a fresh idea: to promote and develop European-made brands and products in growing Asian markets.

Started up by 3 seasoned Asian hands, BA has in the meantime grown into a network of more than 20 people across Asia.

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